Bring Hope to the Brazilian Immigrant Children in Chicago, Call for Portuguese Speakers- Volunteers!Sep 25th 2016

Bring Hope to the Brazilian Immigrant Children in Chicago, Call for Portuguese Speakers- Volunteers!
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The Young Center trains volunteers to serve as Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children who are currently in federal immigration detention and are subject to deportation proceedings. The Child Advocate’s role is to meet with the child on a weekly basis, learn the child’s story, accompany the child to immigration court proceedings in Chicago, and advocate for the child’s best interests in conjunction with the case supervisor.

In recent months, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s rights has seen an increase in the number of immigrant children from Brazil that are detained in the Chicagoland area. The Young Center has asked for our Help and we ask you to join us.

"We always try to match a child with a volunteer that will have the language skills and cultural competencies necessary to build a trusting and understanding relationship, says attorney Kelly Kribs. However, due to our lack of Portuguese-speaking volunteers, we have been unable to serve a number of Brazilian children that were referred to our organization for our services. With the upcoming training, we are hoping to be able to train a handful of new volunteers that will be able to work with the Brazilian children that are referred to us."

  • On October 1-2 The Young Center is hosting a 2 day training for new volunteers.

    Saturday and Sunday 9AM-3PM

In addition to Brazilian Portuguese The Young Center is also looking for Spanish, Bengali, Languages indigenous to Central America and Mexico, Punjabi, Hindi, Mandarin, and Spanish speakers who are also fluent in American Sign Language.

  • Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kate Morgan-Olsen at

    The number to call 773-702-9560

Make a difference on a child’s life. Find out how you can help.

Thank you,

The Young Center

Article by: Virna Souza [BrazilChicago]


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