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Join our thriving community of movers, do-ers and changemakers!  YWCA Minneapolis has been building an inclusive community, furthering race and gender equity, empowering women and girls to be leaders, and improving health and wellness for over 125 years. Each year, people like you give 4,900 volunteer hours to elevate our mission — contributing to life-changing programs and inspiring events that make our community stronger. View all the opportunities to volunteer below and contact us at volunteer@ywcampls.org for more information.

One-Time Event Volunteer Openings

YWCA Women’s Triathlon

Join us for a day of community camaraderie and fun where you support more than 1,400 women participating in the premiere Women’s Triathlon event of the Twin Cities on August 11!

You can help guide racers on the race course, at the finish line, at a water stop, in the food tent, in transition areas – and more.

Girls Who Tri Camp Lunch Mentors

Mentors will join our Girls Who Tri group for lunch for guided conversation and activities related to the values and themes of the program. Each day of the week will be themed, and we encourage Mentors to sign up for multiple days in one week to build a relationship with the youth! However, you are welcome to sign up for one day or multiple days, on one week or multiple weeks of camp.

Camp themes include:

  • Monday = Strong! Focusing on body positivity and personal strengths
  • Tuesday = Smart! Focusing on self-esteem and positive self-talk
  • Wednesday = Bold! Focusing on pushing comfort zones to learning zones
  • Thursday = My Tri Challenge. Learning from stories of Tri/other physical challenge stories and setting a personal success goal

Dates: July 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and August 1 (choose one day to volunteer)

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: YWCA Midtown, 2121 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Ongoing Program Volunteer Openings

Location:
Hmong International Academy at Jordan Park
1501 30th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Summary:
Reading Buddies would volunteer with a specific classroom at Hmong International Academy once a week (1 – 1.5 hours). Adult Buddies would have one-to-one time with a specific student, helping to develop skills, retention and excitement around reading!

This opportunity is idea for a group of 5-10 people but individuals are also encouraged to apply.

Outline of Volunteer’s Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • Quiet reading time with one student at a time
  • Develop relationships
  • Build excitement around reading literacy
  • Talk to students about the stories, help them to retain and understand the stories
  • Accompany the classroom on field trips, trips to the park, library, etc.
  • Assist staff with helping the children to relax during nap time hours.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma
  • Must have experience working with Elementary age students
  • High level of commitment
  • Ability to effectively communicate with different age groups
  • Must pass background check

Training/Supervision/Reporting:
Reading Buddies would receive an orientation to the Girls and Youth Department, and a formal introduction to the teacher they will be working with.

Commitment:
For the school year. One day a week for 1 – 1.5 hours.
Times requested by teachers are 8:30-10:00 am and 9:30-10:30 am. Specific times will be determined with the teacher.

Outcome/Goals:
To support students in developing their reading skills. This volunteer position requires a self-starter, who is committed and consistent.

Benefits:

  • Watching a light being turned on inside a young person due to your interactions with them.
  • Supporting a school system that has tremendous odds working against them and knowing your time and commitment has changed one young person’s outlook on education and possibly their life.
  • Gain experience in working with youth.

To Apply
Complete your volunteer application today!

Summary:
This volunteer position will provide a positive role model for participants in the first through eighth grades at the YWCA Beacon Program. This individual should posses general tutoring skills and be able to “lend a hand” in a variety of situations.

Outline of Volunteer’s Responsibilities/Tasks:
Primary Duties:

  • Assist students with homework completion, help prepare students
  • For state MCA test, guide students to focus their attention on lesson being taught for the day by instructor
  • Demonstrate and promote positive work habits (i.e. cooperation, perseverance, self-motivation, responsibilities)

Other duties:

  • Assist at snack time
  • Engage in enrichment opportunities
  • Be visible at dismissal as needed
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Talk to students if you see they might be having a bad day
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
Applicant must have a familiarity with urban youth and/or knowledge of youth work and development. Previous youth work or volunteer experience is preferred. You must be at least 18 years old.

Training/Supervision/Reporting:
Upon being selected to start your volunteer opportunity, you will receive a tour of the facility. You’ll have a chance to meet staff and get a feel for the environment you’ll be working in. Signing in daily upon arrival and reporting to the volunteer coordinator will be required.

Commitment:
YWCA Beacon Program operates Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm. Volunteer must be able to commit to minimum one time a week for one hour a day between the hours of 3:45-5:15 pm.

Outcome/Goals:
Our goal here at the Beacon program is to encourage academic success, youth leadership, provide service-learning opportunities and family support. If we can support young people in one or all of these areas our communities and the young people who live in it will have a chance at a bight future.

Benefits:
Watching a light being turned on inside young person due to your interactions with them. Supporting a school system that has tremendous odds working against them and knowing your time and commitment has changed one young person’s outlook on education and possibly their life.

To Apply
Complete your volunteer application today!

Summary
This position supports the implementations of the Strong Fast Fit Curricula, a culturally specific program that nurtures lifelong healthy behaviors to prevent the onset of obesity and risk for type II diabetes, as well help youth prepare for responsible decision making about their sexual health. This position will support the youth counselors in facilitating age-appropriate nutrition education and fitness activities for youth.

Outline of Volunteer’s Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • Support the facilitation of various coed or gender-specific groups for a school and afterschool program
  • Actively participate in the program offerings and role model positive relationship-building
  • Demonstrate and promote positive work habits (i.e., cooperation, perseverance, self-motivation, responsibilities)
  • Assist on field trips and family nights
  • Other duties as assigned

Scheduling

Days and/or Dates of opportunity: Monday-Thursday

Minimum # hours per week: 3-6 hours per week

Time of volunteer job: Program times vary between sites; most programming takes place during the afterschool hours (3:00-5:00 pm)

Minimum commitment: School year; Summer

Skills & Qualifications

Age rangeminimum of 18 years of age

OK to volunteer with an adult relative if under minimum age?: Yes

Required Experience:

Applicant must have a familiarity with urban youth and/or knowledge of youth work and development. Previous youth work or volunteer experience is preferred. Commitment to health and wellness.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fitness and nutrition.
  • Ability to work with a variety of cultures, perspective and backgrounds
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build relationships with youth ages 7-17 and parents/guardians.

Education requirements: high school diploma and/or enrolled in college

Training/Supervision/Reporting:

Upon being selected to start your volunteer opportunity, you will receive a tour of the facility. You’ll have a chance to meet staff and get a feel for the environment you’ll be working in. Signing in daily upon arrival and reporting to the volunteer coordinator will be required.

To Apply
Complete your volunteer application today!

Summary:
The program volunteer position will partner with a Youth Counselor to provide the Girls Inc. Experience®. for youth ages 9-14. YWCA Girls Inc. programming includes topics that inspire and educate girls in the areas of math, science, financial literacy, leadership development, pregnancy prevention, positive decision making. The volunteer believes in the mission of Girls Inc. and the YWCA to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a positive role model for girls
  • Inspire girls to believe in themselves as leaders
  • Aid in the implementation of fun, hands-on lesson plans and activities
  • Participate in field trips (as your schedule allows)

Qualifications:

  • Ability to serve as a mentor and role model to girls
  • Passion for youth programming related to math, science, financial literacy, leadership development pregnancy prevention, and positive decision making
  • Ability to commit to volunteer sites and schedule
  • Willingness to participate in enrichment and facilitation activities
  • Access to transportation for travel to school programming site

Supervision/Training/Reporting:
On-the-job training and supervision will be provided by YWCA Girls Inc. Youth Counselors. All Volunteers must complete a background check and volunteer orientation.

Commitment:

  • After School Programming: Meets 1-2x weekly depending on site
  • Total Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per session
  • Total Time Frame: 9 Months, September – May
  • Must Commit to at least 1 semester of programming (Fall and/or Spring Session)

Goals:
To create a positive, safe environment for girls to learn and be inspired to be strong, smart, and bold.

Benefits:

  • Develop meaningful relationships with girls and young women in the community
  • Serve as a champion for girls, building their self-confidence and leadership skills
  • Practice facilitation techniques including communication, inclusion and responsiveness

To Apply
Complete your volunteer application today!

Location: Abbott, Midtown or Downtown Childrens Center

Summary:
To partner with a specific classroom in one of the four Children’s Centers and be a positive role model for the children. Children require a consistent environment and encouraging adults in their lives to succeed. The children throughout YWCA Minneapolis’ Children’s Centers are diverse in all aspects and learn in an anti-bias environment. The Classroom Partner will work with the staff to come up with creative ideas to make the classroom a healthy, fun and consistent environment for the children and will assist with hands-on learning.

Volunteer Openings:
YWCA Children’s Centers accept volunteer applications on an ongoing basis. You will be informed when you apply if there are no current volunteer openings. If volunteer positions are full at the time you apply, your application will be kept on file for 90 days and you will be contacted should a position become available.

Outline of Volunteer’s Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • Read books to the children
  • Play with them on the playground
  • Assist staff with art preparation and ideas
  • Decorate and organize the classroom shelves, walls and materials
  • Accompany the classroom on field trips, trips to the park, library, etc.
  • Assist staff with helping the children to relax during nap time hours.

Qualifications:

  • Must pass background check
  • Previous experience working with children in a childcare setting highly desirable.
  • Experience working with at risk and special needs children preferable.
  • Willing to be an active participant in all classroom activities.
  • Proficiency in English.

Training/Supervision/Reporting:
Training must be provided. The supervisor will be determined by the program manager. The supervisor must be someone who works closely with the volunteer. Each month, the number of hours that the classroom partner works with the classroom needs to be documented by the volunteer’s supervisor and sent to the volunteer coordinator.

Commitment:
Six months minimum (exception being during the summer months), at least one time a week for a minimum of one hour with the classroom they are assigned to.

Outcome/Goals:
To establish a relationship with staff and help with keeping the classroom a great place for children to come to everyday.

Benefits:

  • Develop a special bond with some of the youngest members of our community.
  • Witnessing and being a direct part of helping children learn and grow.
  • Gain experience in working with young children.

To Apply
Complete your volunteer application today!

Ready to get started?

You can volunteer for one or multiple positions.

For more information about volunteering or group volunteer opportunities, email the volunteer coordinator or call 612-215-4113.