Youth in Development Volunteers will work in the following general project goals:
(1) Promoting Healthy Foundations (including life skills and leadership; sexual and reproductive health, gender, and arts, sports and recreation)
(2) Strengthening Youth Support (including parent and service providers support for youth).
All assignments have a strong focus on preventative activities, empowering youth through education, community based activities and furthering children’s rights.
Most Volunteers will work with individuals (children, youth and parents), service providers (teachers, guidance counselors, community leaders, health providers, and other professionals in the public system), and organizations (elementary schools, high schools, local development associations, and youth groups, etc.).
Volunteers are assigned to work in communities identified by our host country agencies (the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) and other government institutions) prioritizing underdeveloped and under-served communities and at-risk populations.
All Youth Development Volunteers will perform a participatory community diagnosis to assess community resources and needs during the first months of service. Based on that analysis and partner’s requests each Volunteer will create his/her work plan in collaboration with professionals and community leaders. Youth in Development Volunteers typically support ongoing youth-oriented programs in schools and the community, bringing new ideas, approaches and/or techniques to those spaces. Volunteers also lead the creation of new youth-oriented prevention programs coordinating with and including partners for sustainability. Volunteers must be prepared to be proactive, self-driven and to motivate others about the importance of working with and towards youth development.
Volunteers will coordinate their work with staff members of local elementary and high schools (teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, etc.), and/or leaders who are implementing youth development work in the community. Each Volunteer typically works in two public schools. Volunteers are responsible for coordinating their work schedule with the institutions with whom they are collaborating and according to the projects identified in the Work Plan. Volunteers are expected to work full time to address community’s and partners’ needs; weekly schedules will vary and might include working weekends.
Common projects implemented by Youth in Development Volunteers alongside project partners include but are not limited to: life skills workshops during school hours, leadership camps, sports clubs, art clubs, youth groups, community-wide recreation activities (organizing movie nights, talent shows, sports days), bullying prevention activities, service learning initiatives, supporting the Ministry of Education sexual education program, Restorative Practices and Positive Discipline training for teachers, parents and youth, parent support groups & workshops, etc.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check