Youth Opportunities

Volunteering is one of the best ways for youth to learn and grow from new experiences. According to prepscholar.com "Admissions officers also love to see community service on college applications. Having community service experience means you’re passionate about making a difference in the world and are ready to take action and be involved."
While you can search volunteernewyork.org for hundreds of ways to take action, check out these links below to find independent youth opportunties. If you're looking to plan ahead or a do a little more research about the types of local nonprofits or causes you want to support, then jump ahead to our free Youth Volunteer Guidebook app for Apple and Android devices!

Opportunities for Ages 12-13 Opportunities for Ages 14-15 Opportunities for Ages 16-17  Opportunities for Youth and Families (all ages)


Don't forget you can always give us a call at 914-948-4452 or schedule time to speak with a volunteer placement specialist for additional matchmaking help.


Youth Volunteer Guidebook

Download the free Youth Volunteer Guidebook for Apple and Android devices: 

Frequently asked questions about the app

  • What's inside the app?
    • Information for youth and families to help get started volunteering locally
    • A directory of local nonprofits organizations organized for age group and impact area
    • Info about upcoming Volunteer New York! events, additional resources, videos and more!
  • How much does it cost?
    • Free
  • Do I have to create a separate account or provide personal details to use it?
    • No. Creating a user profile within the app is optional. Click SKIP on the top of the screen after opening the app for the first time to skip logging in or creating a profile.
  • Who is it for?
    • Local youth and students interested in serving locally. This app can also be used by parents, families, counselors, mentors and teachers as a conversation starter, teaching tool and research aid.
  • Where does support for the app come from?
    • The Youth Volunteer Guidebook was launched in 2017 and made possible with support from the Carvel Foundation.



Schools and Groups

The benefits of service are tenfold. Volunteer service is a great way for youth to connect with their local communities and to explore various career paths. As such, we provide a variety of supports for local education facilities and youth groups. In addition to our referral database and Youth Volunteer Guidebook, our staff can provide support for your program. For example, you can:



Families in Service

Opportunities for Youth and Families (all ages)

Re-defining family time - service as a family activity. Volunteer service is a great way for families to work together and to bond over common interest. Our website provides a variety of  tools for families who are looking to play an active role in their communities. Whether it is for a single day or for a long-term project, your family can make a difference. Here's a couple of ways you can get your family involved;

  • Find a service project for your family through our service database or through the Youth Volunteer Guidebook.
  • Register your family as a team in our database
  • Get involved during one of our community-wide days of service
  • Find seasonal volunteer opportunities
  • Join a local program that encourages volunteerism and for family involvement.

For more information on how your family can serve please email us at volunteer@volunteernewyork.org or call 914-227-9301.