Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Share your time and talents with us.

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.

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.

Our Safe Place Drop-In Center Volunteers

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 4 hour shifts) Saturday – Sunday 2-10pm

Our Safe Place Group Co-Facilitators

Volunteers will be paired with a staff member to facilitate support and psychoeducation groups to youth and their families. Prior experience facilitating groups preferred. Potential topics: coming out, sexual health, expressive arts, and healthy relationships.

Location: Golden Hill
When Needed: 1-2 Hours shifts, Saturday & Sunday between 2 and 10pm

Our Safe Place Family Support Group – Parent Volunteers

Volunteer will facilitate a support group to parents/guardians and potential family members of youth that identify as LGBTQ. Volunteer will have lived experience as a parent of a child that identifies as LGBTQ.  Group will provide education, as well as assist group participants in processing feelings and experiences related to parenting and supporting their children/family members.

Location: Golden Hill
When Needed: Flexible

I CARE Drop-In Center Volunteers

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: Mid City
When Needed: (Flexible 4 hour shifts) Monday – Friday 12-8pm, Saturday – Sunday 2-10pm

I CARE Drop-In Center Academic Tutors

Provide tutoring and support to Service Partners who can benefit from academic assistance. Experience and background knowledge within the subjects of math, science, or English (high school and college level) would be a plus. Academic tutors will meet at the drop-in center once a week to provide academic support and or assistance to our youth.

Location: Mid City
When Needed: (Flexible 1-3 hours/ week) Monday – Friday 12-8pm, Saturday – Sunday 2-10pm

Take Wing Mentors

Provide support and mentoring to former foster youth at our transitional housing location in Pt. Loma. Assist youth with reorganizing their apartment, mentoring and any additional support or assistance.

Location: Pt. Loma
When Needed: Flexible 1-2 hours/ week

Movie Night Volunteers

Engage in fun activities with adopted youth, giving their parents a night off. Movie night is a fun event every Friday in a different part of San Diego. Volunteers help out once a month at the movie night closest to them. During movie nights, volunteers lead youth in fun activities and games, eat snacks and pizza, and watch a fun kid-friendly movie.

Location: Point Loma, Spring Valley, Chula Vista, Vista
When Needed: Friday, 5pm-9pm

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

Administrative Volunteer with Counseling Cove

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: Flexible hours 1-2 times/week on weekdays 9am-5pm

Administrative Volunteer with East County Behavioral Health Clinic

Join the SDYS team and support the mission with scanning, filing, decorating the office for special months and other administrative and creative projects.  

Location: El Cajon
When Needed: Flexible hours 1-2 times/week on weekdays 9am-5pm

IT Volunteer

This position is perfect for someone IT savvy looking to use their skills to make a difference! Provide technical support for 200+ employees by configuring work stations, troubleshooting and updating computers. Volunteer will work directly under our IT Director, giving them the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of Information Technology at San Diego Youth Services. Computer and communication skills, as well as Microsoft Office Proficiency preferred.

Location: Point Loma
When Needed: 10hr/week any day of week

Administrative Volunteer with PEI

PEI– Prevention and Early Intervention exists to help prevent serious mental illness and behavioral problems in elementary school-aged children by working with children, their parents, the community and the school to raise awareness and help prevent these challenges. Join the SDYS team and support our mission with scanning, filing, data entry, and other administrative duties.

Location: East County
When Needed: Flexible, 2-8 hours per week

Academic Tutor

Provide our foster youth with support and academic assistance through the academic school year. We are looking for a volunteer who would like to help our foster youth with academic tutoring with various subjects (Math, Social Studies, English) once a week.

Location: Chula Vista
When Needed: Flexible 2-4 hours/week

 

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!

Volunteer Application

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Contact Brittany for more information about volunteering and our volunteer orientation!

(619) 221 8600×1271
bkrippner@sdyouthservices.org

 

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.