Student Organizations

Youth Volunteering Opportunities

Please contact Danny Rosenthal at if you know of other opportunities or believe that any of the information below is incorrect.

Organization Type of work Contact information Time commitment
Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring Mentor a child in care, such as foster or kinship care, residential care, or adoption, Phone: (617) 224-1300 8 hrs./month; attend an information session, interview, 6 hrs. of training; minimum 1 year commitment
Big Brothers Big Sisters Community and school based mentoring programs Visit A few hours a month; minimum 1 year commitment
Cambridge School Volunteers Tutor in Cambridge public schools Flexible
Chess Corps Teach chess to students of all ages, develop curriculum and techniques to integrate other disciplines into chess program.  No chess experience required., (617) 879-9997 5 hrs/week
East End House Mentor an at-risk middle school student.  Could include meeting the mentee for lunch at school, helping with homework after school, engaging in an enrichment class in the after-school program, cultural/recreational activities Emily Bullen, 4-8 hrs./month; training, orientation, and ongoing workshops and development with staff; minimum 1 yr. commitment
Horizons for Homeless Children Prepare and lead age appropriate activities, games, and/or projects with children in family shelter programs and battered women shelter programs Visit the website
Kids in the Court Coach students in preparation for mock trials About two hours a week during spring semester
Stand Up for Kids Work directly with homeless and at-risk youth to provide immediate basic necessities such as food, clothing, hygiene products, counseling and referrals during weekly street outreach, (617) 501-2877 2-3 hrs./week, min. 6 month commitment, training
United South End Settlement Volunteer with children ages 6-12 afterschool.  Activities include homework help and assisting with recreational activities, (627) 375-8150 2:00 to 5:00 PM, 2:30 to 5:30 PM or 3:00 to 6:00 PM, once a week; min. 3 month commitment
Urban Debate League Coach and mentor urban youth by teaching argumentation and debate skills. Or, judge tournaments. Mentors: 4 - 5:30 PM every Thursday.   Judges: You can volunteer at any of 6 tournaments from 2 hours to two days.
Youth Advocacy Center - self-advocacy seminar Lead or participate in self-advocacy seminar for youth aging out of foster care.  The seminar is taught through the Socratic method and the curriculum has been established by YAC.  Training will be provided if you are selected to lead the seminar. As little as one hour to visit the seminar; 2.5 + hours per week if you are leading the seminar plus a weekend of training