Volunteer Opportunities - Youthlink

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to know what volunteering at YouthLink is like? Hear what Cora, one of our clothing closet volunteers, has to say:

“When a young person comes into the clothing closet and finds a great new outfit for an interview, a new warm jacket, or just a pair of jeans that fits perfectly, it relieves a tiny bit of the immense amount of stress that they carry around with them every day.  I love being a part of those little successes, and enjoy all the interactions I have with the people here: listening to personal stories and goals, and sharing laughs.  The young people here face so many challenges, but they keep on pushing forward—their strength amazes me.” – Cora, clothing closet volunteer

Looking for more info on our volunteer program? Check out the FAQs and other links below for basic policy information and opportunities.

  • YouthLink Volunteer Program FAQs
  • YouthLink Volunteer Process
  • YouthLink Individual Volunteer Opportunities
    • Minimum age requirement 24. Exception: Young Professionals Board minimum age requirement 21.
    • GED Tutor: please download the application here.
    • Child Care, housing: Provide supervision for children ages 0-5. Interact with young parents and model positive childcare behavior. Preferred education/course of study: Early Childhood Development. Time and Day: TBD.
    • Child Care, YouthLink: Provide supervision for children ages 0-5. Interact with young parents and model positive childcare behavior. Time and Day: TBD.
    • Gardener, housing: YouthLink is  seeking volunteers with a green thumb to assist with planting our spring gardens at Archdale Apartments. Some gardening opportunities may include working directly with young people. Would be open to someone who is also willing to do cooking demos or teaching young people gardening skills.  Dates and times are flexible.
    • Please contact Jelena Song at song@youthlinkmn.org for more information.
  • Group Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about our orientation process and to be added to our contact list for future volunteer orientations, please email Jelena Song at song@youthlinkmn.org.

Please see our FAQs for opportunities for those under 21.


YouthLink’s collaboration on the Downtown 100 program led to a 74% decrease in arrest rates among program participants.

Meet Ken

“I needed so much. I was just a kid. YouthLink helped me finish high school. They gave me food, clothes, bus fare. I had no idea how to live on my own, or how to live safely, and YouthLink helped me find safe places to stay while I figured it out.”

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