Volunteer

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

Long-term Volunteer Opportunities

To ensure stability and consistency in the lives of our youth, we ask our volunteers to make a six-month commitment to volunteering. We also require a background check, TB test and drug test to help ensure the safety of our youth. The cost of these clearances is $78-$150, depending on the program. You will be reimbursed after six months of volunteering.

Fiscal Department Volunteer

Join the admin staff by performing administrative duties such as filing, data entry, and scanning to help our fiscal department keep up to date with necessary files. Perfect for a retiree or recent college grad looking to boost their resume!

Location: Point Loma
When Needed: Monday-Friday; Flexible hours and shifts 9am-5pm

Counseling Cove Administrative Assistant

Counseling Cove offers mental health services to homeless teens. Join the SDYS team and support the mission with scanning, filing, data entry, answering phones, sorting donations, and other administrative duties. Perfect for a retiree or recent college grad looking to boost their resume!

Location: Near Balboa Park
When Needed: Monday-Friday; Flexible hours 1-2 times/week 9am-5pm

Coffee Shop Supervisor

Provide supervision and support for our youth at our Pt. Loma campus coffee shop, “Ground Up Coffee Creations.” The coffee shop is an SDYS Social Enterprise project and is run by our youth to help them gain job readiness skills, such as money management, customer service and hospitality.

Location: Point Loma
When Needed: Monday-Friday; Flexible hours and shifts 9am – 1pm.

 

HERE Now Classroom Support

Provide classroom support and supervision for HERE Now, which provides services in schools to serve youth through their suicide prevention and early intervention program. Assist the SDYS staff in the facilitation of group discussion questions, and provide any additional support, such as administration or assessments. Some experience with youth preferred, and ability to discuss difficult topics, such as suicide, required.

Location: County Wide
When Needed: Flexible, Tuesdays and Thursdays preferred. Nine Month Commitment Required.

 

Transitional Housing Program Movers/Organizers

THP is looking for strong volunteers to help our service partners move into their new home! We are looking for individuals that would be able and willing to move furniture and boxes. Most SP moves are quick since our youth are starting out on their own for the 1st time. Additionally, volunteers are needed to assist our Service Partners organize their apartments (ex: young mothers that accumulate a lot of baby items). Our Service Partners 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: County Wide
When Needed: Flexible

Community Assessment Team (CAT) Administrative Volunteer

The CAT staff provides assessments, interventions and referral services for youth who may be dealing with behavioral, social or juvenile justice issues. Assist the team with administrative duties such as filing, data entry, and scanning. Perfect for a retiree or recent college grad looking to boost their resume!

Location: Spring Valley
When Needed: Monday-Friday; Flexible hours and shifts 9am-5:30pm

Our Safe Place Drop-In Center Volunteer

Provide general milieu supervision and guidance to our youth/Service Partners that are accessing services in the drop-in center. Assist in creating a safe and supportive environment. Reinforce drop-in center policies and procedures as needed to ensure the safety of the youth. Interact with youth as a role model. Assist in socializing the youth and redirecting behavior when appropriate. Assist staff in maintaining the cleanliness of the facility.

Location: Golden Hill
When Needed: Flexible hours and shifts; Weekdays 3:30pm – 8pm and weekends 12pm-8pm.

Marketing & Communications Volunteer

Join our team with interviewing and writing skills to help our Marketing and Development department keep up to date with all our content needs. Duties include writing for letters, brochures, web and social media.  2 years’ experience required and/or related degree.

Location: Point Loma
When Needed: Monday or Friday; Flexible hours and shifts 9am-4:30pm

Youth Emergency Shelter Volunteer

Provide general milieu supervision to ensure safety of our youth. Assist with groups, checking chores, helping with homework, and provide extra one-on-one support to youth. Interact with youth as a role model. Assist in socializing the youth and redirecting behavior when appropriate. Assist in facilitating meal times. Answer phones, respond to hotline crisis situations and conduct pre-intake eligibility screenings. Assist in recreational and educational outings and activities. Assist with resource development by greeting potential donors, sorting donations and maintaining a presentable milieu. Maintain a safe, clean, and organized physical plant. Assist staff with ensuring standards of quality for youth services, program philosophy and development. Assist staff and youth with additional responsibilities.

Location: Central San Diego
When Needed: Flexible shifts; Monday – Sunday (8-1pm, 1-6pm, 6-11pm)

BridgeWays Administrative Support Volunteer

Help our BridgeWays clinic with administrative duties, primarily scanning files.

Location: Bridgeway’s clinic (College Heights Center)
When Needed: Flexible hours and shifts: Weekdays 9am -3pm

Mentor/Tutors

Provide adopted youth with some of the support and encouragement that they need to work toward developing a positive sense of self and making good choices in life. Most of the youth we work with have special needs and can benefit from academic assistance. Enrollment in the mentoring program is voluntary and the youth range in ages from 6 to 17. Mentor/Tutors meet with their Mentee once a week at the family’s home to provide homework help.

Location: County Wide
When Needed: Flexible 1-2 hours/once a week

HERE Now Research Support Volunteer

Provide behind the scenes support for HERE Now, which provides services in schools to serve youth through their suicide prevention and early intervention program. Assist the SDYS staff with excel data entry and tracking (SIB data, school spreadsheets and annual tracking). Ability to discuss difficult topics, such as suicide and self-injury, required.

Location: Spring Valley
When Needed: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Flexible hours and shifts 9:30am – 4:30pm

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

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Contact Nadine Tweedle for more information about volunteering and our volunteer orientation!

(619) 221-8600 x1271
ntweedle@sdyouthservices.org

 

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 in regards to our upcoming volunteer orientation. Attending our volunteer orientation is mandatory for all incoming volunteers and provides interested volunteers with information about our agency, 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 in order for you find a placement you’re comfortable with and that fits with your availability and the programs 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 6-month service with us.

When are clearances not required?

One-time volunteers are not required to complete clearances.

Internships

Service Learning Project and Internships

Our volunteer opportunities can be tailored to fit 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.