Volunteer Opportunities

Share your time and talents with us as a volunteer. We integrate volunteers into every aspect of the organization. With almost as many volunteers as we have staff, we rely on volunteers to achieve our mission and serve our youth.

San Diego Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity Agency. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

We serve a community of youth, so we can only accept volunteers 18 years and older. We are not able to provide court-ordered volunteer opportunities. For court-ordered volunteer opportunities, we recommend trying the San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Parks and Recreation and HandsOn San Diego.

Volunteering with SDYS

Face Masks for Youth and Staff

We need volunteers to make face masks for our youth and staff! We are accepting all of the CDC-approved homemade masks. Here is a link to the CDC website that has three different mask instructions, including a no-sew option!

Location: You can drop off completed masks at our Point Loma Campus, 3255 Wing St., San Diego, CA 92110 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
When Needed: ASAP

Transitional Housing Program Movers/Organizers

THP is looking for strong volunteers to help our youth move into their new home! We are looking for individuals that would be able and willing to move furniture and boxes. Most youth moves are quick since our youth are starting out on their own for the 1st time. Additionally, volunteers are needed to assist our youth organize their apartments (for example: young mothers that accumulate a lot of baby items). Youth need assistance in setting up a “home environment” instead of just having a place to sleep. Individuals with organizational skills, interior decorating skills/interests, and patience are needed.

Location: Countywide
When Needed: Flexible

One-time Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering your time and skills but can only do so from time to time? Are you an instructor, stylist, painter, photographer or have other skills that you would like to offer in helping our youth? Do you have a group of friends interested in assembling furniture or painting one of our centers?

We may have the perfect opportunity for you!

One-time Volunteer Event Proposal

Volunteer Application


Contact Bethany Moberly for more information about volunteering and our volunteer orientation!

(619) 221-8600 x1270

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of becoming a volunteer?

The process of becoming a volunteer starts with our volunteer application. After submitting the application, our volunteer coordinators will reach out to you with information about our upcoming volunteer orientation. Attending our volunteer orientation is mandatory for all incoming volunteers and provides interested volunteers with information about our organization, programs, philosophy and skills such as trauma-informed care, crisis intervention, abuse reporting and confidentiality.

After orientation, our volunteer coordinators will connect you with a program for you to find a placement you’re comfortable with and that fits with your availability and the program’s needs. After finding a good fit, volunteers are asked to complete clearances before beginning their volunteer service.

What if I’m not able to attend a volunteer orientation?

If a prospective volunteer is unable to attend our monthly volunteer orientations, appointments can be arranged according to the availability of our volunteer coordinators. Please note that this option may delay the volunteer process.

What clearances are required?

Clearances include a background check (regular or CCL), drug screening, Tuberculosis screening, reference checks and driving clearances, if required by program of interest. Clearances are to be paid up front by volunteers and volunteers are eligible for reimbursement. San Diego Youth Services also requires that volunteers commit to a six-month service with us.

When are clearances not required?

One-time volunteers are not required to complete clearances.


Service Learning Project and Internships

Our volunteer opportunities can be tailored to fit a specific Service Learning Project and Internships. Contact volunteer@sdyouthservices.org for more information

Clinical Trainees and Interns

Clinical Traineeships and Internships are geared toward individuals who are looking to fulfill practicum or internship hours. Learn more!

AOD Internships

We do not currently offer Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Certification internships.