*Currently, we are seeking volunteers to commit to serving as Youth Tutors at one of three Public Schools in Durham: Hope Valley Elementary School, Forest View Elementary, and Jordan High School. The curriculum will focus on English and Math with a big focus on mentorship.

The primary goal of World Relief Durham’s Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services (RIYS) program is to facilitate healthy integration of immigrant youth into life in the United States. We do this by connecting our youth and their parents, teachers, and administrators with academic support, mental health resources, and community integration opportunities. Specifically this involves weekly tutoring sessions by volunteers in English with primary language support, case management and advocacy for Durham Public School families, attention to youth mental health needs through assessment and referral, a summer enrichment program to combat summer learning loss, and other services as needs arise. 



Youth Tutors are asked to lead mentoring sessions twice a week, for a duration of one year (or two semesters, Fall and Spring, as outlined in the Durham Public School calendar). A minimum commitment of at least one semester is required. Meeting times are determined by each school, and listed below:

  • Forest View Elementary:  3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Monday and Wednesday

  • Jordan High School: In school tutoring: Math from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM or English tutoring from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday - Thursday (choose any two days); After school tutoring: Mondays 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM.

  • Hope Valley Elementary: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday


  • Sign up and attend a volunteer orientation session

  • After orientation, you will be asked to apply to become an active volunteer at World Relief Durham. This application includes a background check.

  • You will also need to apply to become a volunteer through the Durham Public School System. We suggest starting this process as soon as possible. 

  • A separate background check will be required through Durham Public Schools

  • After being cleared to volunteer, you will be given a short orientation to the school where you will be volunteering, and show up for your first mentoring session.

  • For the next year, you will be mentoring your partnered refugee or immigrant youth alongside their families and the school to improve their experiences and achievement in school, at home, and beyond. 

  • You will follow the Durham Public School calendar, noting annual breaks and holidays, and consistently showing up for your refugee or immigrant student in efforts to assist and mentor them during the determined school hours for volunteer service. 


Questions? Please Contact: | 919.519.1133


Our Youth Services Program is made possible by the support of the United Way of the Greater Triangle.