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Summer Intern or Volunteer Description
Girl's Group at the East African Women's Center
Girl's Group Description: Seeking women interested in serving as mentors who learn and grow alongside 5-9 year old girls in the girls' group at the East African Women's Center located in the Cedar Riverside Plaza. The women's center serves refugee women and children in the Cedar Riverside community. The girl's group seeks to create a space for young girls to connect, grow, learn, build relationships, experience empowerment, and be supported in the cultural bridging they do each day. Girl's group also seeks to provide educational enrichment activities to girls beyond the classroom. Three days a week the girls receive academic support and tutoring for homework as well as participating in various activities including cooking and nutrition, learning traditional Somali dance, visual art, hands on science, and bi-monthly field trips to places such as the library, museums, a farm, or the park.
Volunteers are expected to help provide structure, assist girl's in their learning, read one on one with girl's, lead and teach activities, and be a part of the community of support at the center.
Position Requirements: Volunteers or interns need to have a passion for empowering young women, experience (or openness and willingness to learn) in cross cultural community building, be respectful of all cultures, be dedicated, responsible, consistent, good with children, and a continual learner.
Dates: Girl's Group runs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 3-5pm.
Time Commitment: Volunteers are asked to commit to consistently serve one day a week (3 hours/week) for a minimum of 3 months. Opportunities are also available for women interested in completing an internship, and serving more hours.
Supervision: Volunteers and Interns will receive direction/interact daily with the Girl's Group Leader and will be responsible to Doroth Mayer, Director of the East African Women's Center.
Interested women should contact Joanna: or call the center: 612.354.4772 to set up an interview time.
To learn more about our center please visit our website:

Early Childhood Intern or Volunteer Description
East African Women's Center
Center Description: The East African Women's Center serves refugee women and their children in the Cedar Riverside Community. The center programming seeks to support women in learning English and other skills necessary for meaningful employment, and support and help equip women for parenting children for success in the United States, particularly in U.S. schools. To this end, the women's center provides early childhood programming for children infant through pre-school, while at the same time mother's are in ESL classes. The center also has a Fifth Day: Living in America class, in which mother's study early childhood development, parenting, nutrition, and verbal English communication skills. Included in and beyond the classes offered, the center serves as a space of support and community for women who are often isolated in their new urban environment. The center, according to the women, is a 'home away from home.'
Position Description: The center seeks volunteers to work beside center teachers in the early childhood classrooms. Volunteers help to nurture small children and provide activities that develop small and large motor skills, pre-literacy, and school readiness skills. Volunteers/interns with experience in early childhood to participate in curriculum development are sought as well.
Position Requirements: Volunteer/Intern must have experience, or an openness to learning, about cross-cultural community building, respect for all persons, experience working with children, and a passion for early childhood and community empowerment.
Time Commitment: In order for volunteers to have the time necessary for meaningful work and learning, and for the center to be a place of healthy engagement, volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 30 hours, usually distributed at 3-4 hours a week, over 10-15 weeks minimally.
Supervision: Volunteers and Interns will be supervised by Center Director, Doroth Mayer, and will receive support from center Volunteer coordinator as well.
Interested women should contact the Center Volunteer Coordinator to set up an interview time:
Joanna Flaten 612.332.4772

To learn more about our center please visit our website:

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