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Want to get involved?  Whether you are looking to volunteer one time or regularly, we have opportunities for you. Your time and talent are always welcome at Youth Guidance.  Opportunities to lend a hand range from special in-school projects to organized corporate events that support our youth and the schools that they attend.

Applying is Easy!

STEP 1:  Download the Volunteer Application.  (To obtain a free copy of Acrobat Reader, click here.)
STEP 2:  Complete and email the application to volunteers@youth-guidance.org. You may also mail your completed application to Youth Guidance, Manager of Community Partnerships and Volunteerism, 1 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60602.

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School-based volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to work with students throughout a semester at one of our 70+ diverse school sites.

Community & After School  Programs:  Youth Guidance’s Full-Service Community Schools program addresses barriers to student learning by providing a variety of supports during and outside of traditional school hours. Programs create an integrated, school-centered support structure for students’ academic and social-emotional development.

CAP After School Instructor (PDF)
CAP After School Assistant (PDF)
CAP After School Monitor (PDF)
Career Awareness Speaker (PDF)

Counseling Programs: BAM (Becoming a Man) and WOW (Working on Womanhood) – Youth Guidance’s School-Based Counseling programs provide students with individual, group, and/or family counseling to address issues such as adjusting to a new school environment, improving behavior and interpersonal relations, coping with grief or loss, handling environmental stress (family, school, neighborhood) and regulating emotion. During the recent school year, these programs have served more than 2,000 students in Chicago Public Schools.

BAM Assistant (PDF)
WOW Assistant (PDF)
Career Awareness Speaker (PDF)

group1Donate a Day® volunteering is a wonderful option for groups to give a few hours or a full day to help make a difference in the lives of Chicago’s underserved youth!   With Youth Guidance’s Donate a Day program, volunteering is made simple and rewarding.   Choose from more than 80 public schools across Chicago to plan a volunteer activity for your organization or group.

For currently available Donate a Day® activities, please contact the Youth Guidance Volunteer Program Manager at volunteers@youth-guidance.org  and specify your company or organization’s name, how many volunteers would like to participate, and what date(s) you have in mind.   Also, let us know if you have any preferences (location, type of project).   We look forward to hearing from you soon!

engagingLast year, Youth Guidance served more than 8,000 students across Chicago.  

Our impact is made stronger by caring volunteers who share our vision for the city’s youth in need.

Contact us today for ways to get involved!

Questions?  Read our Volunteer FAQs.