Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services

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 Tutoring

Upon arriving to the United States, refugee and immigrant youth face barriers that prevent them from participating fully in US school life. Youth tutoring is about creating opportunities for refugee and immigrant students to succeed by providing academic, social, and emotional support.

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. If you are interested in learning more about serving as a youth tutor, click here



The Mentorship Program at World Relief is designed to pair young refugee participants with mentors from the community who are dedicated to helping them identify and achieve their short-term and long-term goals. The program is dedicated to refugee-status individuals from 15 to 24 years of age. In the mentorship program, participants are exposed to real-life mentoring relationships alongside unique opportunities for growth and development such as civic engagement and service days, scholarships, career training and travel.


RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Summer Enrichment) Camp 

World Relief's Youth Refugee & Immigrant Summer Enrichment (RISE) Camp provides refugee & immigrant youth with opportunities to receive targeted and culturally-responsive summer enrichment that will help them start strong for their next year of school. While our camp is smaller this year (45 registration spots) due to COVID-19 re-opening transition, we are excited to be holding camp in person. To learn more about RISE Camp, click here.



This program is supported by Duke’s employee giving campaign. Learn more at