MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We are always looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers who feel passionately about empowering refugee youth to reach their highest potential. There are so many ways to help! We have opportunities to fit your schedule, interests, and skills. You do NOT need to be in a special group to volunteer with PAIR, nor do you have to be a college student. We accept volunteers age 16 and above (with parental permission if you are under 18).  

Program Opportunities

  • Core Program Volunteers participate in group mentoring and other activities during a set after-school program schedule from September through April. Core program opportunities during the academic year require a weekly commitment for a minimum of one academic semester (fall and/or spring, though volunteers are highly encouraged to continue for a full academic year to build a better relationship with their students and increase their own skills and effectiveness). Our summer program requires a 4x/wk commitment for 4 weeks in July.
  • Individual Mentors can either meet with a middle school student (Learners) weekly between 7:30 and 8:30 AM on Thursday mornings, or meet with a high school student (Leaders) regularly at a time and place arranged by each mentor/mentee pair. 
  • Field Trip Team members accompany and assist program staff in showing students interesting and educational sites around the city: museums, career and college fairs, nature centers, plays, sporting events, and more. Team members commit to chaperoning two organized field trips a semester.
  • Speaker Series is an opportunity for individuals to present to PAIR students about their own careers or personal stories based on background and experience. Individuals may share their stories with a group of students in an after-school session, during a lunch period, or on the weekend.
  • Translators may assist program staff in communicating with students or their families (including collecting information and filling out paperwork) at program sites or during home visits. We have an ongoing need for a variety of languages, including but not limited to: Nepali, Arabic, French, Swahili, Tigrinya, Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Kirundi, and Somali. If we don't have an immediate need for your language skills, we may also refer you to one of our partner resettlement agencies in need of translation volunteers. 

Program Volunteers Gain: 

  • the chance to impact the life of a young person
  • exposure to social issues of concern in our community and the world
  • experience working with people from diverse cultures
  • the opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills
  • the opportunity to provide holistic support to a young person through programs that promote social, emotional, and academic development

Opportunities
Outside of Programs

  • Advisors lend their brainpower and expertise on various organizational projects. Contact Lauren West (lauren@pairhouston.org) to share your talents. 
  • For opportunities involving our 2017 Youth Empowerment Luncheon, please contact Board Member, Meredith Kottler.

If you have questions before filling out a program volunteer application, or would like to get involved in another opportunity, you can fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you.

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