Bridging the Gap
Be a mentor, tutor, and friend. Make an enduring impact on the life of a child who needs your help.
Bridging the Gap volunteers are devoted to befriending and mentoring refugee children from Burma, Congo, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand and Togo who have resettled in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. BTG volunteers seek to inspire and help refugee youth, typically ranging from 5 to 15 years of age, develop the tools necessary to obtain greater opportunities in U.S. society.
What do volunteers do?
Each Bridging the Gap volunteer is paired with a refugee child and spends time with her or him in their home, at UVa and around Charlottesville, engaging in activities ranging from playing sports and games, helping with homework, cooking, carpool to and from soccer practice, visiting museums, and much more!
BTG is a year-long commitment (fall and spring semesters). Volunteers are expected to spend 2 hours per week with their mentee and to attend monthly group events with other BTG mentors and mentees scheduled by Program Directors. Beyond this, mentors coordinate with their mentees to select times and places that best work with their schedules.