1. Family, Parish, & Community Outreach Programs


Strong Families Support Group Lead

The Strong Families Initiative seeks to strengthen Latino family relationships between youth and parents, including recently arrived and U.S.-born youth. The program runs support groups for these parents and teens, led by volunteers.

 

Strong Families volunteers will lead support groups for youth for 6-12 weeks. Working with staff, 1-2 volunteers will lead a group of 10 youth. This curriculum assists youth in communication, establishing community, and understanding their value.

 

Strong Families Volunteers will be responsible for:

  • Leading support group discussions for 5th - 12th-grade youth
  • Implementing the once-a-week, 1-hour evening program based on a curriculum
  • Planning and preparing for the sessions

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be fluent in Spanish and English
  • Be culturally competent with the Latino community
  • Be 20 years or older
  • Pass child protection training (provided by program)

 

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:

  • Access to a car 
  • Young adults and men especially encouraged to apply
  • Accepting, patient, willing to share life stories, and dynamic
  • Understands the difficulties of certain groups not feeling accepted, not feeling like they have a home, or finding it difficult to understand what it means to be an adult
  • Lives in Montgomery County (not required, but helpful for commute)

 

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Be a mentor to youth of color
  • Improved communication and improvisation skills 
  • Promote Latino culture

 

Support:

  • Participate in Catholic Charities Volunteer Orientation
  • Receive virtual or on-site training at Misión San Andrés (Catholic Charities Center)
  • On-site supervision

 

Time Commitment:

  • Once a week during weekdays (Tuesday-Friday), from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Exact day of week depends on the volunteer’s availability
  • Ideally serve for at least two 12-week sessions (6 months total)

 

Location:

  • Volunteers will serve at one of the following locations, based on program availability:
  • Parking is available at all facilities
  • Also accessible through the DC Metro Rail and/or Bus

 

Next Steps: 

  • Fill out an application
  • Matching Expectations conversation with Catholic Charities staff 
  • Find out if you’ve been selected for the role 
  • Attend virtual Volunteer Orientation and complete screenings   
  • Begin volunteering!