Help an immigrant achieve the American Dream
Author: World Languages & Literatures
Posted: March 14, 2014

Do you…

  • Have any interest in Africa/ rest of the world?
  • Speak one and you want to learn another, or speak two or more languages?
  • Know math, science, English, or writing?
  • Want to help K-12?
  • Want to help struggling immigrants adult achieve their American dream?
  • Want to put your skills to good use?
  • Want to make a change in someone’s life.

If so, we need you to tutor and mentor immigrant students and families from all over the world living within the Portland metro area.

Community-Based Learning
CRN: 64517
Spring 2014: MW 10:00-11:50 

Sponsored by World Languages & Literatures

Do you want to experience—multilingualism, multiculturalism and student success in a service-learning environment?

This course pairs PSU students with non-native speakers of English with after-school programs in the Portland metro area for the purpose of mentoring refugees, not necessarily in their own languages, but having a second language will be a plus.

On Mondays at PSU, we will explore the life of rural and urban children in Africa and the rest of the world through a series of movies.

We will also discuss topics in mentoring, tutoring, education, languages, cultures, and literature of Africa quite often with professionals in the field. 

Every student will participate in a Community Learning of their choice as listed below:

Kateri Park – Catholic Charities (Background check and orientation required)
Located in South East on bus line number 9 (Powell) opposite Cleveland HS.
Student will interact with students who speak Swahili, Maay Maay, Oromo, Amharic, Lingala, Nepali, Karen, Arabic, among others.

Two programs:

  1. After School Program - meets 3-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    This is a homework walk-in program where students come for help with their homework after school.
  2. Preschool Program (One of a kind) - meets 9-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday.
    Most students are refugees from Africa and they do not speak much English. Very challenging group. Imagine these kids going to Kindergarten without social or English language skills? What will be the chances that they will ever graduate from HS let alone see a college door. Your small act counts.

IRCO (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization) Programs:

  1. INSPIRE (In School Program for Immigrant and Refugee Education)
    The INSPIRE program serves Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and Slavic 4th -8th grade children and their families at four schools in Southeast Portland: Lent, Harrison Park, Ron Russell, and Gilbert Park. The classes are usually 1.5 hours in length and between the hours of 3:15-5:15pm, Monday-Friday.
    Task Description: INSPIRE seeks dedicated and responsible volunteers to tutor 4th-8th grade immigrant and refugee students in Literacy and Math during after-school hours.  Interview, orientation, and background check required.
    Time Commitment: Students must commit to working 2 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.
  2. FACES (Family and Community Engagement Services)
    FACES works with immigrant and refugee families to improve school to home and home to school communication and learning in the home within several schools in Portland Public Schools. With this program we need volunteers who can be in home tutors or are willing to be a classroom assistant. The locations for this program are usually in N, NE, or SE. We serve Somali, Pacific Islander, Slavic, and Vietnamese families.
    We seek dedicated and responsible volunteers to help engage parents in their children’s education by tutoring both parents and students in their homes for two hours a week. Tutors will work with parents and youth on English language skills and also help students with their homework while the parent(s) observes and/or participates. Interview, orientation, and background check required.
    Tutoring times are either on the weekends or weekday evenings.
  3. Pre-school program Information (TBA)