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Cause - Children & Youth Education

"Education is not a tool for development - individual, community and the nation. It is the foundation for our future. It is empowerment to make choices and emboldens the youth to chase their dreams." -Nita Ambani

 

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Virtual Sew-In Party to Make Quilts for Kids

Calling all sewers with some experience! Join Project Linus for a virtual event on March 13, hosted by Above and Beyond Creative Sewing in Nanuet. During the event, you will learn how to create a beautiful and easy quilt top that will then be donated to a child in need of a little security in Westchester or Rockland Counties. Materials can be provided for pick-up in Nanuet or New Rochelle. Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile and to alert the Volunteer Coordinator of your interest. The Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with a invitation to the virtual Sew-In event.

Virtual (Virtual)

3/13/21 10:00 AM

Day Project Volunteers

The Child Care Council of Westchester are looking for Project Volunteers for one-day or short-term cleaning, organizing, or painting projects. All supplies will be provided and volunteers will be matched with projects that fit their interests. This is the perfect opportunity for groups of college students and employee teams. Virtual and in-person opportunities are available. For in-person projects, volunteers are required to follow COVID-19 precautions (temperature checks, screening questions, face coverings, etc.). Express interest below to see what projects are available!

Scarsdale, NY

Through 1/27/25

Board Members

The Child Care Council of Westchester's mission is to maximize every child's potential from birth through high quality early care and education, as well as to help better inform and educate their parents. The Council is seeking board members for a term of three years to help support and develop this mission. The board meets once a month. Board members will: Provide overall direction to the Council's efforts and resources Act as an ambassador for the Council to spread its message and expand its connections Help secure financial and other resources to support its programs Share your special talents to deepen the organization's capacity and effectiveness Work as part of a team with others who care about children, families, and their future

Scarsdale, NY

Through 1/27/22

Volunteers to Help Kids With Classwork

Youth Community Outreach Program (Y-COP) of Mount Vernon is looking for volunteers to work with school-aged children (1st-7th grade) as part of its Alternative Care and Learning Program. The program, which runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., is specifically designed to assist children with online remote learning while their parents are at work. Volunteers will be asked to help keep children focused and engaged on their assignments. This is an in-person project for about 13 children who are working remotely during the day; volunteers will be screened and, if approved, placed on a two- or three-day schedule. All volunteers will be required to undergo a background check and must provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Volunteers must be comfortable using WiFi and Zoom, as well as be able to assist students with classwork.

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 12/14/21

College Access Coach - White Plains

Let's Get Ready is looking for College Access Coaches to be on the front lines of educational equity as tutors, role models, and mentors. These volunteer coaches guide small groups of high school students as they begin the college application process. College Access Coaches can specialize in either math or verbal sections of the SAT, and Let's Get Ready provides a detailed curriculum, training and support. Coaches commit to: Teaching 3 hours a week in the evening for 9 weeks Dedicating 1 hour a week to prep time Serving as role models and guides to students Coaches must be available from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from mid-June to early-August Coaches are undergraduate (preferred) or graduate students. All majors are encouraged to apply. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Click here to complete the application on Let's Get Ready's website. Coaches must complete a background check and the online application to participate.

White Plains, NY

Through 4/3/21

College Access Coach - New Rochelle

Let's Get Ready is looking for College Access Coaches to be on the front lines of educational equity as tutors, role models, and mentors. These volunteer coaches guide small groups of high school students as they begin the college application process. College Access Coaches can specialize in either math or verbal sections of the SAT, and Let's Get Ready provides a detailed curriculum, training and support. Coaches commit to: Teaching 3 hours a week in the evening for 9 weeks Dedicating 1 hour a week to prep time Serving as role models and guides to students Coaches must be available from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from mid-June to early August Coaches are undergraduate (preferred) or graduate students. All majors are encouraged to apply. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Click here to complete the application on Let's Get Ready's website. Coaches must complete a background check and the online application to participate.

New Rochelle, NY

Through 4/3/21

College Access Coach - Mount Vernon

Let's Get Ready is looking for College Access Coaches to be on the front lines of educational equity as tutors, role models, and mentors. These volunteer coaches guide small groups of high school students as they begin the college application process. College Access Coaches can specialize in either math or verbal sections of the SAT, and Let's Get Ready provides a detailed curriculum, training and support. Coaches commit to: Teaching 3 hours a week in the evening for 9 weeks Dedicating 1 hour a week to prep time Serving as role models and guides to students Coaches must be available from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from mid-June to early-August Coaches are undergraduate (preferred) or graduate students. All majors are encouraged to apply. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Click here to complete the application on Let's Get Ready's website. Coaches must complete a background check and the online application to participate.

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 4/3/21

Garden Educators

We're looking for garden educators to assist in teaching New Rochelle elementary students about gardening, plants, science, and nature. The hands-on classes are conducted seasonally during the school year. Volunteer Educators would be working side-by-side with experienced professionals with the goal of becoming proficient in teaching the curriculum. Required credentials include education with an interest in gardening, plus a background check. Retired teachers are ideal candidates! After gaining the ability to lead the class, a small hourly stipend is available. This work is enriching, enjoyable, and fun, and the students are enthusiastic and interested. For more information about our group, please visit our website at hpcgreenhouse.org.

New Rochelle, NY

Through 4/24/21

Share Your Knowledge of Financial Literacy

Project Morry is a long term, year-round educational /enrichment program that is anchored in summer camp that also includes a school-year component. We are seeking a knowledgeable volunteer to run a financial literacy workshop in order to prepare our campers to manage their monetary resources as they pursue college and/or careers.

Elmsford, NY

Through 4/2/21

Youth Mentor

Mentor A Young Adult Project Morry is a long term, year-round educational /enrichment program that is anchored in summer camp. Our mentoring program is focused on helping our rising Juniors and Seniors navigate the difficult transition from High School to higher education and the workforce. Having a Project Morry coach provides a motivated young adult with a role model who can give them the extra support, encouragement and motivation that they need to fulfill their goals, graduate high school, and face the world. We require that our coaches are (1) A professional in the work force (2) Willing to meet with their coachee once a month (3) Willing to commit the coach/coachee relationship for 2 years

Elmsford, NY

Through 4/2/21

Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Mentors

Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister is all about sharing simple activities with a child that become hallmark moments in their lives. It could be a first trip to the beach, an afternoon at a ball game, a visit to the library or museum, or even something as simple as a walk in the park or telling ghost stories around the campfire. Each can have profound life- and skill-building effects for your Little. In order to become a Big Brother or Big Sister in our program, you must be eligible on the following criteria: Must be at least eighteen years of age. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must have transportation and be covered under automobile insurance. Must be able to commit to volunteer for a minimum of four hours a month for one year.

New City, NY

Through 5/9/21

Bilingual Youth Mentor

Bi-Lingual Mentors Needed!!! Requirements of a successful mentor? The only thing you need to be a great mentor is yourself! You need to be authentic, genuinely care, and just keep showing up. Connections will fully equip our mentors with the skills and support necessary to be great. We support you 24/7 to ensure that you’re never alone. What is NOT required? Money, experience, a car, a degree Criteria of a mentor: Adult 25 years or older Willing to mentor a young person based in New York City or Westchester County Willing to complete an application and screening process Willing to dedicate a minimum of 10 hours per month for one year to a young person (on your schedule!) For more information, visit ConnectionsMentor.org

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Through 3/8/24

Youth Advisory Council Coordinator

Travel Unity is seeking a volunteer Youth Advisory Council Coordinator to work with staff, volunteers, and Travel Unity Youth Advisory Council (TUYAC) members on youth-related programming. Volunteers from all backgrounds and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply! Youth Advisory Council Coordinators will work with a team of other Youth Advisory Council Coordinator and the Youth Programs Manager on virtual TUYAC events and programming and, when appropriate, in-person events. Volunteers must have prior experience working with high-school age youth and must be able to work on a team basis, communicate regularly, be proficient with meeting programs (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), and enjoy the excitement of collaborative output. TUYAC Coordinators are responsible for: Recruiting and onboarding new members in coordination with other TUYAC Coordinators, as well as Youth Services and Nonprofit Partnership Managers Managing weekly hour-long virtual TUYAC meetings Tracking attendance Working with Travel Unity staff to coordinate guests for weekly meeting and other TUYAC events Youth Advisory Council Coordinators must also be willing to undergo a background check. Travel Unity volunteers work with passionate travel and nonprofit professionals with wide-ranging skills. An appreciation for the value of travel in the lives of a diverse population where some are often impeded is key to this role. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 2/6/22

Create or Donate Blankets for Children in Need

Westchester-Rockland Project Linus welcomes the donation of new, handmade, machine-washable blankets to be given to children who need a little comfort in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Blankets will receive a Project Linus label and are brought to various agencies and programs that are helping children deal with illness, mental health issues, and/or stresses that arise from homelessness, food insecurity, or challenges related to COVID-19. Blankets can be knit, crocheted, or sewn. This is a perfect activity for individuals, families, or as a team-building program for businesses, churches/temples, and community groups such as Scouts, Lions, or veterans! To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile and to alert the Volunteer Coordinator of your interest Make your blankets! For popular pattern ideas, visit this “Patterns” page For retailers of fabrics, visit this “Friends” page. Many of these businesses offer special discounts (in addition to donating a percentage of these sales) to friends of Project Linus After you express interest below, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with instructions for donating or dropping off your blankets at one of the drop-off locations in Rockland, Upper Westchester, New Rochelle, or a participating fabric store

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 2/5/22

Virtual Musicians, Magicians, and Entertainers

Throughout the year, the Child Care Council of Westchester hosts virtual events to show appreciation for exceptional child care providers and after-school professionals—and CCCW is looking for volunteers to join a team of entertainers to be a part of the fun! Virtual Event Entertainers can be musicians, singers, magicians, or volunteers with any other talent that lends itself well to a pre-recorded virtual video to entertain guests attending the online-only presentation. Express interest below to learn about upcoming virtual event opportunities and how to pre-record your video!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/27/25

Child Care Business Mentors

As part of a state and national network of child care resource and referral agencies, the Child Care Council of Westchester supports over 750 child care providers and programs with training, technical assistance, and resources. Unfortunately, many of these providers lack the extensive business knowledge needed to keep their programs thriving—and they could benefit from Child Care Business Mentors. These local professionals with backgrounds in business are crucial to offering guidance and providing much-needed one-on-one help with local child care providers on their budgeting, promotions, and other challenges. This is the perfect opportunity for corporate teams looking to engage skilled employees in an ongoing project to help their community. Virtual and in-person opportunities are available. For in-person projects, volunteers are required to follow COVID-19 precautions (temperature checks, screening questions, face coverings, etc.). Express interest below for more information on becoming a Child Care Business Mentor!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/27/25

Marketing and Social Media Volunteer

The Child Care Council of Westchester is looking for savvy Marketing and Social Media Volunteers to help build upon its outreach efforts through its website, Constant Contact emails, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn). Schedule is flexible! Virtual and in-person opportunities are available. For in-person projects, volunteers are required to follow COVID-19 precautions (temperature checks, screening questions, face coverings, etc.). Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/27/25

Community Outreach Ambassadors

The Child Care Council of Westchester is looking for Community Outreach Ambassadors with skills in communications, public relations, or marketing to help get the word out about the Council's free services to support working families. Community Outreach Ambassadors also help support the Council's community events (either in the planning phases and/or day of event), including professional conferences to legislative breakfasts to annual awards events. Virtual and in-person opportunities are available. For in-person projects, volunteers are required to follow COVID-19 precautions (temperature checks, screening questions, face coverings, etc.). Express interest below for more information!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/29/25

Virtual Volunteers

Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is dedicated to connecting the community's youth and their families to helpful resources regarding mental health, prevention of substance abuse, and thoughtful service. ASK is looking for volunteers—both researchers and editors—to help recommend their favorite resources on various topics, as well as review the recommendations in its current resource guides. These resources can include website links, book recommendations, YouTube videos, social media posts, and relevant articles. Note: This is a self-directed project. Volunteers do not need to wait for the coordinator to respond before beginning this project. This project is ideal for youth who want practice in researching and editing or students who need to complete community service hours. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Decide whether you'd like to research new recommendations or help edit/revise existing ones (you can also do both!): Researchers (to make new recommendations): familiarize yourself with the resource guides in the list below. Compile new resources that you think would be useful for local youth regarding mental health, prevention of substance abuse, and thoughtful service (volunteering). Make sure you record the name, contact information, website, organization overview or mission, and category of each recommendation. Editors (to review existing recommendations): select any or all of the resource guides in the list below. Carefully review each resource in the guides to ensure the name, contact information, website, organization overview, and category are accurate. Email your new recommendations or corrections to existing resources to volunteer@allianceforsafekids.org. Please share which guide you're providing resources for, and whether you are providing new recommendations or corrections. Resource Guides: 2019 Community Resource Guide Yorktown Together! COVID-19 Resource Guide Yorktown Together! Resource Guide for Diversity & Inclusion

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 3/31/21

Project Management Volunteer

Travel Unity, a 501(c)(3) focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel, is seeking volunteers to assist with project management. Volunteers from all backgrounds and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply! Project Management Volunteers will work directly with Travel Unity's executive staff on career exploration programs for high school students and people with disabilities, providing them with knowledge around possible travel industry career paths. Volunteers must be able to work on a team basis, communicate regularly, be comfortable with meeting programs (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), and enjoy the excitement of collaborative output. Prior experience managing projects is required. The type of project management experience does not have to directly apply. This is an opportunity to work with travel professionals whose skills are wide-ranging and meet an array of individuals and organizations dedicated to creating a more equitable world. An appreciation for the value of travel and cultural exchange to people of all backgrounds and abilities is key to this role. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/17/21

Marketing and Social Media Volunteer

G.O.O.D. for Girls, Inc. is seeking a volunteer to assist with its marketing needs, including writing social media posts, connecting to news media, and creating advertisements and flyers. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to sharpen their marketing skills and build up their work experience. Express interest below for more information!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 3/15/21

Volunteer Bookkeeper

G.O.O.D. for Girls, Inc. is looking for a part-time volunteer bookkeeper to manage the monthly transactions of the organization. Volunteers must be familiar with Quickbooks for nonprofits. Express interest below for more information!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 3/15/21

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Document Translator

Teatown Lake Reservation is seeking a bilingual volunteer to translate documents—including parent letters, surveys, and activities—from English to Spanish for its preschool and kindergarten education programs. All work can be done remotely via Microsoft Word or Google Docs (whichever is your preference). This position generally requires about 1-3 hours of work per week. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 5/1/21

Virtual Program Hosts

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Westchester is currently looking for virtual program hosts to ensure that its programs run smoothly on an online platform. Volunteer Virtual Program hosts will begin the online programs, ensure the technology is working, support the program leader, engage and motivate the particpants during the program, share relevant information, and monitor the platform. The commitment for this opportunity can range from 1-4 hours a week, but it would need to be a consistent day and time. Volunteer requirements: Must be 18+ Attend a one-hour orientation Attend one or two trainings and observations Once these requirements have been fulfilled, a background check will be required

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/30/21

Literacy and Math Tutors

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Westchester is currently looking for literacy and math tutors to join its team. Volunteer Literacy and Math Tutors will be tutoring on a one-on-one basis. Previous tutoring experience is not necessary; full training and support is provided. Literacy and Math sessions run for 10-15 weeks (there are three sessions per year) and the total commitment will be about 1-1.5 hours per week. The schedule is flexible, and this opportunity is virtual and possibly in-person depending on the current situation! Session schedule: Spring 2021 Session runs from 1/24/2021 to 5/8/2021 Summer 2021 Session runs from 6/13/2021 to 8/21/2021 Fall 2021 Session runs from 9/12/2021 to 12/18/2021 Volunteer requirements: Must be 17+ Attend a one-hour orientation Attend one or two trainings Once these requirements have been fulfilled, a background check will be required

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/18/21

Virtual Mentors to Tutor Students

Online learning is a struggle for everyone, but especially for low-income families. STEM Alliance's Virtual Mentors meet with students through Zoom video calls as part of a one-on-one mentoring program. Volunteers will help children navigate online learning, reinforce good digital learning routines, offer online homework support, and serve as a positive role model for students. Virtual Mentors are high school students, college students, or adult volunteers who are passionate about helping children and who meet the following requirements: 16 years old or older Comfortable using a variety of technology platforms, such as Google Drive and Zoom Able to commit to a minimum of six months (breaks over the summer are acceptable) Able to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per week and complete up to 10 hours in training with a STEM Coach over the six-month period Can provide two character or professional references Willing to submit to a background check Bilingual (not required, but strongly encouraged) To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your registration. Volunteers who do not complete this step will not be considered

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 10/30/21

High School/College Students to Mentor Students

Quarantine Tutors is collaborating with Être Girls to provide students aged nine to 15 with a volunteer mentor who is in high school or college. This is not a tutoring role; rather, mentors will help provide school-related advice, discuss extracurricular activities, share study techniques, and even offer friendship during these uncertain times. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: All mentors must complete their registration at www.quarantinetutors.org/qt-club-etre in order to be considered. Matches are dependent upon student and mentor availability and are not always guaranteed

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 10/5/21

Volunteers to Mentor Students

Future Leaders 4 Success is looking for volunteers to join its online academic reading and mentor program for children ages 7 to 13. Volunteer mentors commit to six weeks of meeting with a group of students via Zoom, with the focus on reading to end racism. A reading list will be provided, and mentors are responsible for acquiring the books (most can be obtained from a library). Written lesson plans will also be provided for the mentors to review with students after each book. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Mentors will have to complete an application and background check. Mentors should have experience working with school-age children.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 6/30/21

Become a Video Mentor for South African Teens

Infinite Family is seeking Volunteer Video Mentors to share their expertise, knowledge, and skills with South African teens via weekly face-to-face video calls. In just 30 minutes a week (for 32 weeks per year), Volunteer Video Mentors help their teen mentees to strengthen their resilience, resourcefulness, and responsibility by focusing on five key impact areas: education, career preparation, technology literacy, life skills, and communication. Weekly calls take place via a secure Internet platform and comprehensive training is provided. Infinite Family's South African team provides real-time support, so volunteers are never alone. For the past six years, 96% of video-mentored 12th-grade students qualified to advance among first in their families to go to college and get good jobs, as compared to 59% of their non-mentored peers. Help ignite, influence, and inspire black teens to lifelong success!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 9/21/21

Mobile App Designer and Builder

Quarantine Tutors provides free tutoring services for children around the world. In order to make its services more accessible to students, it is seeking a volunteer to help build an app to easily connect parents with tutors and allow them to sign up for Quarantine Tutors' services. The app would launch in the next couple of months, and the volunteer can determine their own work schedule.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 9/4/21

Restorative Justice Coordinators for Youth

D.A.F.T. Youth Services Inc. (Dandelions Are Flowers Too) offers academic support, mental health counseling, restorative justice practices, life skills training, and other supportive services to at-risk students throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley. D.A.F.T. is currently seeking volunteers to serve as a Restorative Justice Coordinators to help teach and instill passion, self-awareness, and personal growth skills to youth. Restorative Justice Coordinators will engage students in activities that promote healthy and normative social-emotional skills, as well as serve as a positive, supportive figure of consistency in their lives. Restorative Justice Coordinators will: Visit their student at school and, in coordination with teachers and school staff, identify student growth and areas of concern Use this information to inform, create, and review behavior reports and incentives. Establish intervention and restorative practices that ensure all students find social, emotional, and academic success. This includes aligning time, resources, and support with the individual and collective needs of D.A.F.T. students. Act as a positive role model and liaison between the school and students' families. Communicate with parents and guardians as needed on the behalf of the student. Attend (remote/virtual) meetings to address the students' academic performance and behavior. Communicate openly and consistently with other interdisciplinary team members who are also working with the student. Note: A background check is a prerequisite to hiring for this position. Express interest below for more information!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 9/1/21

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tutors

During this period of remote learning, students at every grade level, including college, are in need of tutors or learning partners. Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking Volunteer Tutors who can assist students for a minimum of two hours per week. All applicants will be screened for age and grade level preferences. Big Brothers Big Sisters is accepting applications, making matches, and interviewing via web conferencing during the COVID-19 crisis. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester (BBBS), an affiliate of BBBS of America, helps at-risk children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Bigs and Littles have fun together—and create memories that last a lifetime. Big Brothers Big Sisters calls it "Little moments… Big magic." Research points to the powerful, positive, lasting impact Bigs have on children's lives: Littles are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, and more likely to get along with their families and peers.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 8/31/21

Virtual Financial Literacy Instructors

My Money Workshop is a non-profit financial literacy organization in Westchester that enables students and community members to understand and evaluate everyday money issues to help them make a lifetime of smart financial decisions. My Money Workshop provides money management workshops to public/private high schools, colleges, universities, specialty schools, and community-based organizations. My Money Workshop is looking for Virtual Volunteer Financial Literacy Instructors to teach classes (either a 60-minute virtual webinar or a series of hour-long virtual sessions) on an as-needed basis. My Money Workshop is devoted to finding the best fit for both the volunteer instructor and the program. Express interest below for more information!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 8/31/21

Virtual Tutors

Quarantine Tutors was formed for students—by students—to help those who are experiencing challenges with remote e-learning. Quarantine Tutors connects elementary- and middle-school students with qualified tutors across the country to improve their skills in math, English, social studies, science, and other subjects. Volunteers must prepare lesson plans and commit to tutoring at least four 30-minute sessions per week. Tutoring sessions occur virtually through Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Meets. All volunteer tutors must complete an extensive screening process and have their resumes and qualifications prepared. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: All tutors must complete their registration at www.quarantinetutors.org/tutors in order to be considered. Matches are dependent upon student availability and subject interest and are not always guaranteed

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 6/25/21