Opportunities

Translator and Interpreter Volunteer: 

CASA for Children of DC is seeking volunteers who are interested in providing translator and interpreter services.  Translation and interpretation volunteers primarily assist with document translation and review, both are in furtherance of advocacy efforts made by CASA Volunteers and the continued growth of resources made available to the youth that we serve.

 

Current languages needed are Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic.   If you have another language that you excel at, let us know! All languages are welcome. 

 

Where: Translation opportunities will typically occur remotely.

 

When:  Once a pool of volunteers is identified, based on availability and schedules, volunteers will be reached out to on an as needed basis - given as much notice as possible.

 

What makes a good interpretation/translation volunteer:

●     Excellent oral/written communication skills

●     Previous experience as a CASA volunteer is a plus, but not necessary

●     Strong fluency in a foreign language is required.  Spanish and Amharic language translation requests are the most common, but all languages are needed, including less commonly spoken or taught languages.

 

To join the CASA DC Interpreter/Translator team, please complete the Volunteer Interpreter/Translator Application. Contact map@casadc.org for additional information regarding this opportunity.

 

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Multicultural Advocacy Program (MAP) Program Assistant:

Role and Responsibilities

  • Assist Program Manager with facilitation of program training when needed

  • Assist in the development and facilitation of “Know Your Rights” presentations for youth 

  • Assist in the coordination of events and activities for the Multicultural Advocacy Program 

  • Assist in gathering data, statistics, customs, and other information relating to various cultures

  • Assist in researching additional funding opportunities for program development 

  • Assist in promoting community awareness of the Multicultural Advocacy Program

  • Assist in researching additional opportunities for the professional development of the Multicultural Advocacy Program CASA volunteers

  • Provide general support in program development as necessary 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, social work, international affairs, law or a law related field. Students pursuing a Master’s degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on supervision needs/requirements.

  • Understanding/prior professional experience in the fields of child abuse/neglect, crisis intervention, or law

  • Experience working with immigrants, diverse populations, trauma survivors, or youth in some capacity 

  • Demonstrated ability to build community relationships

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively both internally and externally

  • Ability to work well under pressure with deadlines and be skilled in prioritizing responsibilities

  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills, with the ability to analyze and synthesize information

  • Strong research skills

  • Commitment to accuracy and excellence

  • Willingness to travel as necessary

  • Minimum commitment of three months and at least 15 hours per week

  • Ability to attend a 3 hour Multicultural Advocacy Program Training

  • Ability to work remotely on a temporary basis due to Covid-19

  • Sense of humor

Preferred Skills

  • Interest and/or work experience in immigration

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Amharic

  • Experience working with refugees, asylees, unaccompanied children, and/or multicultural youth/families

  • Experience working with court-involved youth and/or youth in group homes

  • Experience managing conflict and facilitating change

  • Ability to commit to more than one semester

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, G Suite, Salesforce CRM, and Dropbox

  • Ability to start on or before June 22, 2020

 

How to Apply

1. Resumé

2. Cover Letter

3. Two references – professional, personal, or academic.

Please submit all application materials to map@casadc.org

 

About MAP: The Multicultural Advocacy Program of CASA for Children of DC is an emerging program that strives to match unaccompanied refugee minors, immigrant youth, and children from diverse cultural backgrounds with a supportive and culturally responsive CASA volunteers.  As such, CASA volunteers assigned to the Multicultural Advocacy Program (MAP) receive specialized training that covers cultural competency, the role of language and cultural barriers, the cultural adjustment process, the unique vulnerabilities relating to having family members that lack legal migration status, and other related topics. These CASA volunteers play a crucial role on the team by not only providing specialized advocacy, but also taking on a mentorship role and helping to address  the cultural, academic, life-skills, and overall needs of youth. CASA volunteers help mediate traumatic experiences by supporting youth and demonstrating signals of care such as communicating warmth, empathy, and positive regard.  The aim of the MAP Program is to provide culturally responsive advocacy and mentorship so that youth can maximize their potential and achieve economic and social self-sufficiency.