“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Giving your time to make a difference in a child’s life is one of the greatest gifts a person can give. Our children crave adults who take an interest in them. Nothing can be more precious and enduring than the happiness you can create in the world by being a part of a child’s growth. Please take the opportunity to visit with us and become involved in our mission.
All you need is a desire to make a difference. If you have a passion for making a difference, becoming involved in your community, and helping our inner-city youth then volunteering is a wonderful way to show your support.
There are several opportunities for volunteers to share in meaningful experiences that make the most difference in a child or young person's life. The commitment shown by our volunteers is what drives SA Youth's mission and allows us to create an environment for San Antonio's most at-risk urban youth. No matter your interest you will find a worthy volunteer opportunity with SA Youth. Below you will find a brief description of all our volunteer opportunities and their roles within our organization.
For more information about volunteering, please contact our Development Department at 210-223-3131 Ext: 204 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteer opportunities are contingent upon a background screening.
HOMEWORK ASSISTANT: Provides students in SA Youth’s programs with homework assignments and school projects. Gives students general instruction. Ensures students complete homework assignments before leaving the program.
TUTOR: Provides learning support for students in SA Youth’s programs with one-on-one or open classroom settings. Assists students in achieving a better understanding of a specific subject with improving academic capabilities.
MENTOR: Ensure that students in SA Youth’s programs develop important academic and life skills, is exposed to new opportunities and a wide array of resources, make positive life choices, stay engaged in school, and complete program with a plan for pursuing a career or post-secondary education. *Pursuing a career or post-secondary education statement is for the YouthBuild program online.
ARTS INSTRUCTOR: Provides students in SA Youth programs with the opportunity to engage in activities such as ballet, dance and choral performances, concerts, recitals, operas, exhibitions, readings, motion pictures, television, radio, film, video, and tape and sound recordings, and any other activities involving the execution or rendition of the arts.
CLERICAL/OFFICE: Assist with operational responsibilities in SA Youth main office. Duties in this area can range from such tasks as answering phones and directing incoming calls, filing, typing, collating and/or assigned special projects.
COACH/CLUB FACILITATOR: Create an enjoyable and safe sporting experience where students in SA Youth’s programs learn sportsmanship, fundamental skills, teamwork, fair play, and responsibility. Yearly youth sports include Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track & Field, etc.
STEM INSTRUCTOR: Promote the careers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for students in SA Youth programs. Engage students with educational offerings which provide positive learning environments.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Throughout the year SA Youth hosts special events to raise funds that support our OST and YouthBuild programs. Our annual events, such as Chips N Salsa and the SA Youth Luncheon, require some volunteer assistance. Responsibilities include event set-up and breakdown, silent or live auction assistance, registration, greeting and directing guests, and other miscellaneous tasks.
INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM: A student intern will work under the supervision of SA Youth staff member and will have their own workspace with all supplies and equipment necessary to complete specified job functions. SA Youth works with student interns who need to complete any coursework pertaining to an internship/practicum.
SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS: A form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection for students to achieve objectives for the community and deeper understanding and development of skills for themselves.
BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT: Making visual improvements to SA Youth locations. Through beautification project inside and outside of SA Youth locations, students can take advantage of educational, personal development and community building opportunities.
CORPORATE GROUPS: We have several volunteer opportunities available for corporate volunteer programs that include working directly with the children and/or young adults in our program. * There are also volunteer opportunities for corporate volunteer groups to host holiday parties, such as Halloween or Christmas, or other types of service projects. *Every individual participating in the corporate groups volunteer activity must consent and clear a backcheck before working directly with SA Youth participants.
SA YOUTH PARENT: Assist with SA Youth programming, site location events and activities to support student success. Work cooperatively and provide reliable communication with the Site Coordinator.