Volunteer Positions

Volunteering with SYFC has given me a greater sense of purpose and taught me how to navigate a cultural space that is different from my own. I have learned new skills and gained new confidence and been treated like any other member of the team.

Aisling Herron

Youth VISTA Volunteer

General Volunteer

As a volunteer, you provide essential support to our education team. You will learn and grow professionally in this field, at the same time the children we enrich do. We offer flexible scheduling, professional development and training, as well as other benefits to show our appreciation and commitment to our volunteers. Primarily volunteers will aid staff in our after-school program to enrich children through projects, crafts and discussions.

All volunteers must submit to a background check before the start of service. 

Positions open in January 2020.

  • Engage and enrich students in the after-school program.
  • Participate in and potentially lead discussions among students on approved subject matter.
  • Demonstrate and instruct lesson plans as needed.
  • Offer ideas and feedback on lesson plans, curriculum and activities or games.
  • Lead students through the approved schedule, from one activity to the next.
  • Clean and organize classroom before and after program.
  • Report to Volunteer Lead or Coordinator when necessary.
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Active listening
  • Ability to follow instruction
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability
  • Cleanliness
  • Organization
  • Communication (Verbal and written Instruction)
  • Ability to motivate
  • Physical and emotional stamina
  • Time Management
  • Cultural sensitivity

Fkexible schedule and volunteers can choose their own hours, but would prefer they commit to at least 2 hours a week. 

Each education site has different hours, running anywhere from 3-7:30 pm. 

All four education sites are in need of general volunteers. 

Volunteer Lead

Our leads are of vital importance to our education program. A Lead will delegate tasks handed down from staff to general volunteers and keep track of pertinent information regarding the program to report to the Volunteer Coordinator. They will help write lesson plans (which they can do remotely) and help staff teach and guide children. Leads will also take part in training and workshops related to education and other relevant job skills and bring those skills back into the information to other volunteers.

All Volunteers must submit to a background check before the start of service. 

Positions open in January 2020.

  • Helping with homework or Tutoring (if desired).
  • Helping with homework or Tutoring (if desired).
  • Participate in and potentially lead discussions among students on approved subject matter. 
  • Demonstrate and instruct lesson plans as needed. 
  • Help write lesson plans, as needed. 
  • Offer feedback on lesson plans, curriculum and activities.
  • Navigate students through the approved schedule. 
  • Stay with students up to about 15 minutes after class until parents pick them up. (There are policies in place to prevent staying later than this). 
  • Manage the other volunteers and delegate tasks. 
  • Communicate volunteer needs and complaints and pass on to the Coordinator and to site staff as necessary.
  • Take part in professional development opportunities (paid for by the organization), such as workshops and implement learning in the program.
  • Occasionally come to team meetings to provide feedback.
  • Leadership
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Cleanliness and organization
  • Time management
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Ability to motivate
  • Empathy and patience
  • Adaptability
  • Physical and emotional stamina
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication (verbal and written instructions)
  • Creativity
  • Accountability
  • Cultural sensitivity

Flexible schedule and volunteers can choose their own hours, but would prefer they commit to at least 2 hours a week.

Each education site has different hours, running anywhere from 3-7:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.

 

  • All four education sites are in need of 1-2 Volunteer Leads.

Language Arts & ESL Tutors

At SYFC we believe in enriching the children in our after school program through projects, crafts, field trips and other opportunities. However, some of our children come from an immigrant background and while fluent in English, do not have the homework help at home when it comes to reading. Tutors would work separately with children to complete reading assignments and reading based games. We need a tutor who understands the value reading can add to a child’s life and the skills in phonetics to bring that value to life. We offer flexible scheduling, professional development and other benefits to show our appreciation. We would love to have someone who has previous experience tutoring, but that is not a deal breaker. If you have a passion for reading and are wanting to tutor, we are more than willing to have you.

All volunteers must submit to a background check before the start of service. 

Positions open in January 2020. 

 

  • Participate in and potentially lead discussions among students on approved subject matter.
  • Demonstrate and instruct lesson plans as needed.
  • Offer ideas and feedback on lesson plans, curriculum and activities or games.
  • Lead students through the approved schedule, from one activity to the next.
  • Work with students to complete homework assignments.
  • Start slowly on reading with phonogram-based learning and build from the ground up.
  • Report to Volunteer Lead or Coordinator when necessary.
  • Work with students on developing English skills.
  • Patience
  • Teaching
  • Empathy
  • Active listening
  • Ability to follow instruction
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability
  • Communication (Verbal and written Instruction)
  • Ability to motivate
  • Physical and emotional stamina
  • Time Management
  • Cultural sensitivity

Flexible schedule and volunteers can choose their own hours, but would prefer they commit to at least 2-4 hours a week. 

Each education site has different hours, running anywhere from 3-7:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. 

 

  • Bowlake is in need of reading tutors. 
  • Creston Point and McMicken are in need of several academic tutors for a variety of subjects. 
  • Creston Point is in need of an ESL tutor. 

Youth Mentor

Some of our students need extra attention, whether that be because they have attention issues, problems at home, or simply act out. A Mentor’s responsibility is to partner with the staff to determine which students need the most attention. These are the kids the Mentor will focus on, spending the majority of their time with these students walking them through activities or homework, getting to know them and assuring they respect their instructors. For this reason, we are looking for younger people, High School to College age who can assert a positive impact on their assigned students. Many of the responsibilities are the same as the General Volunteer, however, a Mentor will have designated students to spend the majority of their time with.

All volunteers must submit to a background check before the start of service. 

Positions open in January 2020.

  • Spend majority of time helping assigned students participate in activities, however there are many group activities where Mentors will interact with and aid other students.
  • Participate in and potentially lead discussions among students on approved subject matter.
  • Demonstrate and instruct lesson plans as needed.
  • Offer ideas and feedback on lesson plans, curriculum and activities or games.
  • Lead students through the approved schedule.
  • Clean and organize classroom before and after program.
  • Report to Volunteer Lead or Coordinator when necessary.
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Active listening
  • Ability to follow instruction
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability
  • Cleanliness
  • Organization
  • Communication (Verbal and written Instruction)
  • Ability to motivate
  • Physical and emotional stamina
  • Time Management
  • Cultural sensitivity

We offer flexible scheduling, however we would prefer mentors commit to 2-4 hours a week.

Our after school program hours vary depending on location, but usually run anywhere from 3-7:30 pm.

1-2 Mentors are needed at Creston Point and Birch Creek Apartment offices in Skyway and Kent.

 

Social Media Volunteer

Our Social Media volunteer will have a big opportunity to help us grow and begin our work in internet advocacy. We need someone with cultural awareness and sensitivity who will help us implement monthly campaigns to raise brand awareness and pull attention toward various aspects of the community. For example, we may decide to spend a month posting weekly about various local artists and would need someone to research and credit said artists. We offer flexible scheduling, job and professional development and various other benefits to show our appreciation. It is possible that as we grow, this could become a paid position in the future.

All volunteers must submit to a backrgound check before the start of service. 

Position open November 2019. 

Possibility of becoming a paid position. 

  • Operate within designated social media guidelines and post appropriate copy and photos on appropriate platforms.
  • Give input and adjust the social media guidelines/campaigns as needed or assigned.
  • Participate in discussion and meetings centered around Social Media needs.
  • Check in with Volunteer coordinator to give feedback, stay accountable and get support.
  • Possibly take photos/generate creative and art-based content pertaining to the organization.
  • Promote appropriate advocacy related content, with organization approval and oversight.
  • Generate own ideas and outlines for a social media framework each month and check with supervisor for approval.

We are willing to provide whatever training we are able. 

  • Knowledge of, or desire to learn Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiarity with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
  • Creativity
  • Copy writing
  • Adaptability
  • Decision Making
  • Responsibility
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Strategy and planing
  • Time Management
  • Knowledge of, or desire to learn, marketing trends
  • Community management and sensitivity
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Organization and efficiency.

Flexible schedule and ability to choose their own hours, but would prefer 2-4 hours a week.

Most hours spent working remotely, but some office hours needed.

  • The organization utilizes Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  

Volunteer Coordinator

As a volunteer coordinator you would be a big asset. You are a middleman for Volunteers and Volunteer leads who report regularly to the Coordinator, who then reports to home office staff. This is to make sure that each volunteer is provided with a good experience that matches their expectations. As Coordinator you would oversee volunteer schedules and ensure accountability, which would take up the bulk of your time. This position is remote, and most of the work can be done Online, however we at times would like the Coordinator to come to meetings and share volunteer concerns with us.

All volunteers must submit to a background check before the start of service. 

Positions are open in November 2019. 

Possibility of becoming a paid position. 

  • Organize and keep track of volunteers: their attendance, schedule, accountability and morale. 
  • Keep in contact with Volunteer Leads and volunteers to track their progress, complaints and morale.  
  • Come to meetings when available and/or regularly report in on volunteers progress.
  • Provide feedback on the program and on volunteer needs. 
  • Help recruit more volunteers for the organization as needed in as much capacity as possible or comfortable. 
  • Make sure that volunteer appreciation events and gifts are given.
  • Volunteer Coordinator manages volunteers, but also advocates for their team.  

We are willing to provie whatever training we are able. 

 

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Particularly Word, Excel)
  • Communication (Phones, email, writing)
  • Volunteer Outreach techniques
  • Flexibility
  • Empathy and active listening
  • Record keeping
  • Organization and planning
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Time Management
  • Scheduling and delegation
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Cultural Sensitivity

Flexible schedule with the ability to choose their own schedule, but would prefer 4-6 hours a week. 

Most hours spent working remotely, but some office hours needed.

If volunteering with SYFC is right for you, contact us and with your preferred schedule, position work experience and contact information.

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