Refugee Transitions provides high-need, low-income newcomers with education, family engagement, and community leadership services to improve their English language, job, life, and academic skills. Our core service is Home-based Tutoring, for which we recruit, train, and match volunteer tutors with youth and adult newcomer students. This individualized program is highly effective. Our Home-based students consistently outperform demographic averages in terms of graduation rates and language-learning gains, and we are able to reach the most isolated members of our communities—newcomers who are young mothers, elderly, or disabled. Our Home-based Tutoring is supported by English Language and Literacy Classes for adults and After-School Tutoring for youth, along with family services and leadership development opportunities that help us find comprehensive solutions and create pathways forward for newcomers.
Home-based tutoring/mentoring is RIT’s oldest program. Our trained volunteers make a long-term commitment of weekly tutoring and mentoring in students' homes. Together, volunteers and students create lasting, mutually beneficial relationships that build bridges in our communities.
We currently run programs at three partner schools in the Bay Area: San Francisco and Oakland International High Schools, and Fremont High School (Oakland). At these schools, we provide daytime and/or after-school academic assistance, and social emotional support/mentoring.
Our adult classes are based on curriculum that responds to the needs of our student population. We help students build their English, literacy, and job skills (including digital literacy). Our classes include: English Language/Literacy; Vocational English; the Women’s Initiative (family literacy program); and Citizenship Preparation.
Our early childhood education program for preschool-aged kids (18 months-5 years old) is part of the Women’s Initiative family literacy program. Early childhood education runs concurrently with parent classes.
Summer can be a particularly difficult time for youth who have sought refuge in the U.S. Students may experience “summer slide, “ i.e., lose some of the academic and English gains they had made over the school year. In addition, youth may experience social isolation. RIT summer camps provide education and community building opportunities that allow students to continue their adjustment process.
**RIT DOES NOT find housing, provide job placement, or offer legal immigration services.** (For case management support contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)