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Let’s Take the First Step

This weekend, we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. who over 60 years ago, fought relentlessly for the issues we still fight for in this country today: social justice, equality, and peace.

As our city, state and nation become more and more polarized, the question of how we will meet folks who are different from us and truly get to know them remains unanswered. How will we overcome our fears we have about others who have different beliefs and cultures and live in different neighborhoods? How will we truly get to know someone who we would never otherwise cross paths with? The answer is simple for those of us at San Diego Refugee Tutoring: Come and tutor. Get to know one of our students and their family members. You’ll find out that you have more in common than you thought. They probably have the same hopes and dreams that you had when you were their age.

How will we overcome our fears we have about others who have different beliefs and cultures and live in different neighborhoods?

By showing up, you allow our students to meet “Americans” that they often only see on TV. You can share about yourself and break down the stereotypes that our students have about you. Explain why you have certain pets, what made you get the tattoo on your arm, and where you would some day love to travel. These genuine conversations are heard throughout each evening at SDRT.

Most of our longtime tutors will admit: Once you get to know one of our students really well, you end up receiving far more than you can ever give. We each have a whole lot to learn once we take the first step in getting to know someone different from us.

Once you get to know one of our students really well, you end up receiving far more than you can ever give.

If you would like to take the first step and get to know one of our students, we have New Tutor Orientations on January 21st and 23rd. Go here for more information.

About Melissa Phillips

Melissa is one of the founders and currently serves as administrator of San Diego Refugee Tutoring. She has four incredible children, years of teaching experience and a supportive husband who also works in education.

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