Specific Opportunities (Most recent on top)
Volunteer: Individual opportunities, small group opportunities (2-15), larger group opportunities (over 15)
Volunteer positions: Kids Feeding Kids, Mentoring, Homework Help, Coaching, STARS, Special Skills
The Bridge for Youth is the only 24-hour runaway and homeless youth program in a residential setting in the metropolitan region. Unlike other providers in the community, it serves not only older homeless youth, but also young runaways, as well as families that are heading into the conflicts that result in youth running away from home. Finally, The Bridge provides aftercare support services to ensure that youth will not return to a condition of homelessness.
Volunteer Opportunities at the Bridge for Runaway Youth
- Computer Lab/Resource Room Tutor
- Independent Living Skills Specialist
- Community Living Specialist
- Cooking Tutor
- Wellness Coach
- Administrative Support
If you are interested in one of the above positions or if you have special skills to contribute to a different volunteer position, please contact: Shirley Carter, 612-377-8800
Internship Opportunities at The Bridge for Youth
For undergraduate and graduate students, we have a number of available internship opportunities. We offer excellent training and supervision to help you gain counseling experience and achieve your educational goals. Learn the field of youth work inside out including counseling youth and families, leading groups and doing intakes.
Academic Excellence Tutor/Mentor:
This portion of our program aims to support youth in increasing school attendance and improving grades. You’ll be paired with one to a small group of youth to help them with their homework and then mentor him/her during various activities throughout the day. Youth “earn” points for completed homework, participating in an educational activity and by participating in our reading program.
After-School Club Leader:
Do you have a special talent or interest you’d like to share? Why not facilitate an after-school club? Volunteers plan and lead all the activities while we provide supplies and support. Some example ideas: drill team, chess club, drama group, art workshop, special clinic, etc.
Cooking Volunteer: Come help us prepare snacks and meals for our after school and summer program. Help us out one day a week, a couple times a month, or whatever works for your schedule.
Not really sure how you’d like to help out, or just want to serve where the need is greatest? Come be our extra pair of hands! We often need people who can help with snack preparation, act as a coach or simply spend some time with the kids. Why not join us?
Get school supplies and games for CPY’s youth programs by asking companies to do a drive or contacting local businesses and stores for donations.
Behind the Scenes:
CPY always has a variety of tasks that need to be performed in the office, whether it’s folding newsletters, making copies or updating our database.
Create a One-Time Event for Kids:
Organize a one-time activity, provide entertainment or give a tour around your office or school during our standard program hours.
Fraser—Special needs—bright futures
A nonprofit organization, Fraser serves children and adults with special needs by providing comprehensive education, healthcare, and housing services. Some of the things they offer are:
- diagnostic evaluations
- individual and group therapy
- physical, occupational, speech-language, and music therapy
- child care and education for children with typical needs and special needs
- housing for adults and children with developmental disabilities
- workshops and seminars for parents, caregivers and professionals
Volunteer at Fraser:
Volunteering is fun and rewarding! You can volunteer individually or with a group — during the day, in the evening or on weekends — there’s an opportunity for everyone. Our volunteers:
- Interact with Fraser clients
- Share their skills or talent
- Gain valuable experience in a diverse, inclusive environment
- Help plan and run Fraser special events
Internship/Practicum Opportunities at Fraser
Many opportunities exist for college and graduate students looking for an internship/practicum in social work, psychology or education at Fraser. The interns assist professional staff, such as psychologists, social workers and mental health practitioners, in working with children who have emotional and behavioral problems, autism and other special needs. Interns can receive college credit for their internship work or simply volunteer for the learning experience. All Fraser programs are year-round and internships can range from three months to a year.
Treehouse—an outreach of Family Hope Services
TreeHouse is a faith based, non-profit organization offering hope and guidance to hurting teens, alumni, and parents during difficult times. TreeHouse serves over 1300 teens annually who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school, or in their communities. TreeHouse also has a program specifically for parents that provides support, education, family mediations, and retreats.
Volunteer with TreeHouse:
We have many different volunteer possibilities available that allow you to use your skills, talents, and gifts to serve the TreeHouse youth and staff that include:
- Investing in the youth by volunteering on Program Nights
- Assisting our main office with mailings and other projects
- Helping with Home Improvement Projects
- Coordinating a Donation Drive at your church or work place
Internship Opportunities at TreeHouse:
TreeHouse offers flexible part-time school-year internships that provide excellent experience for students interested in pursuing a future working with hurting and struggling youth and families. School-year internships are unpaid and are about 10-15 hours per week.
Summer internships at TreeHouse are full-time, paid, 12-week internships. A summer internship at TreeHouse is an extremely “hands-on” experience in working with teens and the TreeHouse teen program. As a summer intern, you will have the opportunity to connect with hurting teens in a one-on-one mentoring capacity. In addition, you will participate in weekly programs like Support Group and Going Deeper – having the opportunity to learn how to facilitate small groups and lead teaching for large groups. Summer interns participate in the full summer calendar at TreeHouse – including weekly activities like going to the beach or a baseball game, and trips such as the annual Youthworks! Mission Trip!
The Lazarus Project—creating hope for children with autism
The Lazarus Project is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by a group of parents of children with autism. The Lazarus Project is a primarily center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy facility providing individual intensive early intervention to children with autism using Verbal Behavior teaching techniques. The project’s goal is to help improve the language and learning skill of each child and to replace maladaptive behavior patterns with positive communication skills.
With over 125 years as a non-profit agency serving children and families, Washburn Center for Children is the leader in helping children with social, emotional and behavioral problems and their families. All services are designed to develop skills, resolve problems and connect with resources to help the child be more successful at home, in school and in the community. Washburn Center for Children strives to integrate innovative research into program practice, implement meaningful evaluation methods and provide effective training and consultation for agency staff and community collaborators.
Washburn Undergraduate Internships and Master’s Level Practicum Opportunities Washburn Center for Children offers internship and practicum opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who seek experience working with children and their families in therapeutic programs.
These programs are center-based, home-based and school-based and include individual, family and group treatment modalities.
Interns assist professional staff or provide supervised treatment and have many opportunities to learn about services in mental health for children and families. To enhance their training experience, interns may attend agency clinical in-services on children’s mental health and case consultation meetings.
Washburn services include: diagnostic assessment, family therapy, individual therapy, psychological testing, parent counseling, therapeutic groups, home-based therapeutic services, case management, psychiatric services, and consultation with schools, day care centers and other agencies.
Washburn programs run year-round and internship and practicum opportunities can range from three months to a year.
PATH—Treatment Foster Care and Family Based Services
PATH (Professional Association of Treatment Homes) is a nonprofit organization focused on providing a more personalized approach to foster care for children and youth with special emotional, behavioral and medical needs. More specifically, the organization:
- Delivers culturally competent family and home-based treatment and transition opportunities to children and families
- Provides highly effective leadership as an educational, advocacy and support resource, preparing parents and families to best nurture children
- Leads the child welfare field in the use of family as the core therapeutic environment
Volunteer/Intern: PATH recruits interns to provide support and consultation for its diversity initiative. Interns have made beneficial connections with diverse communities, including Hmong, Ghanaian, and Somalia groups, attended diversity conferences, conducted diversity trainings for staff, and participated in the PATH Diversity Advisory Council.
ACE is a two-year service program offering college graduates the opportunity to serve as full-time teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools across the southern United States. The program prepares its teachers in an innovative Master of Education program at the University of Notre Dame ACE teachers spend two summers (June-July) studying in the Master of Education program at Notre Dame and two school years (August-May) teaching in under-resourced Catholic schools across the country. While teaching, participants live in small communities of 4-7 members and together share the many challenges and rewards of beginning teaching. ACE participants are encouraged to develop their own personal spirituality in the context of community, and to share with one another the journey of becoming committed Catholic school teachers.
As an ACE teacher, you may teach any subject in every level from 2nd grade through seniors in high school, though you will primarily teach core subject areas such as math, English, science, social studies, foreign language, or religion. ACE welcomes candidates from all academic disciplines, including education.
Religious affiliation is not a determinant for acceptance. Therefore, you need not be Catholic in order to apply and become an ACE teacher. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a cost-free Master of Education degree from Notre Dame.
Teach For America aims to end educational inequity—the reality that in our country where a child is born determines his or her educational outcomes and, in turn, life prospects. It is the national corps of recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Selected applicants attend summer training and then begin teaching in the fall.
University students are hired to work part time as child care aides in our classrooms, which includes infants, toddlers and preschool. The CDC also offers volunteer, internship, and other opportunities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches at-risk youths with caring, adult role models. Research proves that children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.
Student Experience provides students with the opportunity to develop and gain health related experience while delivering exceptional client care as Personal Care Assistants (PCAs).
“The role of PCA is to support and encourage activities of daily living for our clients whom for behavioral or physical reasons, require a PCA. Student Experience works with clients of all ages. Schedules are flexible and some of the activities include helping clients with getting dressed, eating, bathing, range of motion, accompanying to appointments (i.e.: Occupational / Physical Therapy) and community integration. Whatever the unique role of our students, supportive staff is always right there to guide and prepare you!”
Reading Corps tutors provide one-on-one instruction and reading support to students in PreK or K-3. For specific volunteer opportunities, go to https://minnesotareadingcorps.org/get-involved/become-a-member/positions#volunteer-coordinator
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN
Volunteer Opportunities at Children’s:
• Child Life Playrooms and Child Life Zone
• Clinic Playmasters
• Developmental Rehabilitation
• Patient Pal-Float volunteer
• Words on Wheels-Wagoneer
• Clerical Support Volunteer
• PAWH-Pet Therapy Volunteer
• Sibling Play Area
• Star Studio Assistant
• Perioperative Escort
• Surgery Family Waiting Room
• Emergency Department
Serves children with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities
residential and day treatment, diagnostic and assessment, family mental health services, therapeutic foster care
Preschool and children’s mental health clinic and pediatric therapy center
Serves children (ages 5-18) though behavior intervention, family support, crisis counseling, and restorative justice services
The crisis nursery is an organization that provides childcare services to help parents when they are in crisis and need help caring for their children. They have several volunteer opportunities
The Link is an organization that provides services to youth to help them build life skills, provide stability, and support their goals. They offer volunteer opportunities.
Nannies and babysitters: part-time, full-time, on-call, after-school, date night
Tutor positions: general homework tutor, advanced subject tutor, college tutor, ACT/SAT prep tutor