Refugee Youth

Building relationships with refugee youth

Refugee Youth provides opportunities and experiences for partnering with refugee families to foster stable relational support for youth in our community.

Kids flourishing in community

Friends of Refugees’ Youth supports the overall health and well-being of students in Clarkston through relational support and out-of-school programs in pursuit of community flourishing. Summer Youth Experience, our largest program, is a 7-week program at the Jolly Avenue Garden, where kindergarten through 5th grade students participate in sports and games, reading, art, gardening, and other enrichment activities. Built within Summer Youth Experience is our Counselor-in-Training program, wherein 6th-12th grade students develop leadership skills and support their younger peers alongside volunteers and staff.

“A friend introduced me to Friends of Refugees, and I served as a counselor during the Summer Youth Experience. Once I am finished with college, I want to come back here and keep caring for this community. I want everyone to know how smart, resilient, and loving everyone is here.”

– Mawi, Summer Youth Experience Counselor

Opportunities to Connect

Throughout the year, Friends’ supports youth flourishing through seasonal festivals, family based community gatherings, and weekly health focused programs. Our community events and activities reflect the belief that abundance occurs within relationships. We partner with whole families for community health and flourishing by creating safe spaces for children and families to celebrate and connect.


Through summer and semester based activities, we seek to come alongside our community’s families as they seek to strengthen their support of one another.

Youth Weekly Fitness

Tuedays & Thursdays

After-school fitness programing in partnership with Crossfit Liminal.

Spring Festival

April 27, 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Join us for a day of indoor winter games, art activities, fun, and performance!

Memorial Drive Ministries
5140 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Summer Youth Experience campers and counselors sit outside on a blanket

Summer Youth Experience

Summer (June-July)

Weekly schedule to be published in late spring.


Summer Youth Experience

Group Volunteers

Recruit a group of 8-12 volunteers for 4 days

Provide (total estimate of $1,000) and serve daily lunch for 4 days

• Ability to be active outdoors for duration of day

• Support student participation

• Personally participate in sports, games, art, gardening, reading, and other activities required


Activity Session Leader

Lead specialized activity for 40-60 youth for one or more days of SYE for approval by Staff (activities may include sports coaching, crafts & arts, gardening, or other enriching activities).

• 18 or older

• Possess special skill, knowledge, or resources to propose and lead specialized activity

Crossfit Youth

Transport 5-15, 6-12 grade students from Friends of Refugees’ Jolly Avenue Garden to CrossFit Liminal (5 minute drive) and back again.

Encourage and support student engagement with CrossFit and commitment to team values of: Respect, Trust, Team, Humility.

Participate in workouts alongside students.


4:45pm-6:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays (one or both)

Basic Qualifications
• 22 or older
• Capacity to drive 15 passenger van required

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