We’re proud to provide full-time day care programs built around an anti-bias curriculum that teaches children to foster strong relationships and respect all points of view. Our afterschool programs equip girls and youth to be learners, leaders and creators of change so they graduate from high school ready for college and careers. Here you can find ongoing volunteer roles in our early childhood education and youth programs, meeting about once a week to volunteer (depending on volunteer position). To take the first step in making a difference, fill out the volunteer application.
As Classroom Partner, you’ll be assigned a specific classroom in one of our five Children’s Centers and be a positive role model for the children. Children throughout YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Centers are diverse in all aspects and learn in an anti-bias environment. You’ll 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.
1 hour per week for at least 6 months (except during summer months)
As a Reading Buddy, you’ll volunteer with a specific classroom at Hmong International Academy. Buddies have one-to-one time with a specific student, helping to develop skills, retention and excitement around reading!
1 – 1.5 hours/week for at least one school year
A Beacon program assistant serves as a positive role model for participants in the 1st – 8th grades with YWCA Minneapolis’ Beacon Program. They will assist students with homework completion, help prepare students for tests and promote positive work habits.
1 hour/week during Monday – Thursday from 3:45 – 5:15 pm
You’ll support 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 as help youth prepare for responsible decision making about their sexual health. You will support the youth counselors in facilitating age-appropriate nutrition education and fitness activities for youth.
3-6 hours per week for at least a school year (or the summer); program times vary between sites
You’ll partner with a Youth Counselor to provide the Girls Inc. Experience® for youth ages 9-14. Girls Inc. programming includes topics that inspire and educate girls in the areas of math, science, financial literacy, leadership development, pregnancy prevention and positive decision making.
1-2 hours/week for at least a semester (programming runs September – May)
"Very, very well organized and a great opportunity to volunteer. I will for sure be volunteering next year."
"I really enjoyed all the smiling faces of the athletes and friends and families. It was a pleasure to be of service."
"I met some great folks who were also volunteering. I felt very inspired both by all the racers and the competence and generosity of spirit among the organizers and volunteers."
"You have the best volunteer appreciation/training event I've ever seen from a nonprofit."
"It was a great event! Everything was so well organized! The food and snacks were amazing! People in charge were good at what they did. They were focused. They stayed positive. They thanked me several times. Everyone there was the same. It was great. I went home tired but happy!"
"Thank you for the opportunity to help and encourage the athletes."
"I really enjoyed volunteering and I plan to do it again in the future."
"I am grateful to have been able to take part. It is a wonderful and important event."