Lutheran Family Services – Denver

LFS Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) mentoring

One year

Project Term: 2019-2020
Est. Hours: 1-3 hours per week
Locations: Aurora
Denver
North Metro Area
South Metro Area

The LFS Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program is looking for mentors to work with our youth. URM youth have arrived in the US without a parent or guardian, and live with licensed foster families. Mentors meet one-on-one with 1-3 youth each week, either at the youth’s home or in the community. Mentors and mentees (and foster parents) work together to identify activities to engage in and to set a schedule for meetings. This could include cooking a meal together, playing a pick-up basketball game at the rec center, working on job applications, or practicing English. Mentors are also invited to the monthly URM social events that LFS hosts. Most of the youth in our URM program are high school aged teens.

Location: Our URM youth live all throughout the metro area, in Arvada, Parker, Sedalia, Denver, and Aurora. We’ll make an effort to match you with a youth in your general area, but some driving will generally be required.

Requirements: All mentors must get fingerprinted and complete a background check. A copy of your driver’s license, car insurance, and car registration much also be on file with LFS if you plan to ever drive a youth.

How to apply: Contact the URM Program Manager, Katie Lampe, at 303-217-5845 or Katherine.lampe@lfsrm.org.

Orientation: Because our program is small, orientations are generally held one-on-one with Katie, and can be scheduled according to your availability.

LFS has been resettling refugees in the Rocky Mountain region since 1978, assisting refugees as they start new lives in the US to attain self-sufficiency and independence through support with housing, learning English, employment, social services, school programming, and more. As an organization approved by the US Government to also resettle Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, LFS works with foster parents from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds to provide special training and support on the adjustment needs of refugee youth.