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
  • Individual Volunteer Opportunities
    • Minimum age requirement 24. Exception: Young Professionals Board minimum age requirement 21.
    • Open Positions:
      • Breakfast Volunteer: prepare and serve breakfast for 50 people. Time and Day: Tuesday and/or Thursday 8:20am-9:30am.
      • Child Care, YouthLink: Provide supervision for children ages 0-5. Interact with young parents and model positive childcare behavior. Time and Day: TBD.
      • Independent Living Skills Worker (ILS), Housing: Provide onsite independent living skill sessions, and work one on one or in a group session with residents to increase their skills in the areas of: basic living skills (apartment standards), communication skills, self-care, financial management, accessing transportation, social skills, safety skills,  and meal planning and nutrition. Time and Day: 1.5-2 hour shift, between 10am-6pm, Mon-Thu.
      • Young Professionals Board: YouthLink is currently accepting  applications for positive, motivated young professionals to join our Young Professional Board.
    • Please contact Jelena Song at song@youthlinkmn.org for more information about YouthLink volunteer programs and roles.
  • Internship: please contact Lisa Borneman, Clinical Services Supervisor, at borneman@youthlinkmn.org
  • Group Volunteer Opportunities
    • Minimum age requirement 21. 
    • Meal Service, YouthLink: breakfast and lunch options available. Flexible dates. Estimated cost: $100.00-$350.00
      • Sign up here (includes calendar and detailed information)
    • Meal Service, Housing (min. age requirement 24, group size 3-5 volunteers): purchase groceries and prepare a meal for approximately 30-40 young people in on of housing sites, serve a meal and eat with youth. Estimated cost: $100.00-$200.00.
    • Game Afternoon with Ice Cream and/or Pizza, Housing (min. age requirement 24, group size 3-5 volunteers): host and enjoy pizza/ice cream and games, while engaging in conversations and connecting with residents. Volunteers need to bring games. Flexible dates. Estimated cost: $100.00.
    • YouthLink Birthday Bingo Celebration: Volunteers provide cake and ice cream, as well as a few small prizes for bingo.  YouthLink provides the bingo set and all necessary serving utensils for cake and ice cream.
      • Drop-In, AM, (min. age requirement 21, group size 5-8 volunteers): host a celebration for approx. 70 young people. Second Thursday of every month, 11:00am-1:00pm. Estimated cost: $100.00
      • Drop-In, PM (min. age requirement 21, group size 3-5 volunteers): host a celebration for approx. 30 young people. First Wednesday of every month, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Estimated cost: $70.00.
      • Housing (min. age requirement 24, group size 3-5 volunteers): host a celebration for approx. 10-15 young people. Flexible dates. Estimated cost: $50.00.
    • Please contact Jelena Song at song@youthlinkmn.org for more information about YouthLink group volunteer activities and the available dates.

Please see our FAQs for opportunities for those under 21.

 

YouthLink works with nearly 2,000 young people experiencing homelessness each year.

Meet Leanna

“I think I’ve used just about everything here—the clothing closet, hygiene supplies, GED tutoring and vouchers, the health clinic, the Internet. It’s all in one place, and the people here know me. They really care about me.”

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