At YSS we empower youth by providing education to build healthy minds and bodies; counseling to overcome life's challenges; and stability to focus on the future.
Help us create hope and opportunity for youth and families in Iowa!
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Step 2. Complete an application
Step 3. Start your volunteer adventure!
Volunteers help in a variety of ways from food prep, supervising children's group, and clean-up. The Strengthening Families Weekend gives families tools to support their child on the journey of sobriety for clients of the YSS Ember Recovery program.
Kids Club Volunteer
Kids Club volunteers are passionate about caring for children grades K-6th. Volunteers spend time with children in an after-school setting, assisting with recreational activities, helping with homework, and other activities planned by the Kids Club staff (arts and crafts, board games, etc.) Volunteers are encouraged to share their talents and expertise.
Details and Hours
Boone County Schools: Boone, Madrid, Ogden, and United
Story County Schools: Ballard, Gilbert (K-2nd & 3rd-6th), and Story City
Get involved with our signature fundraiser: Reggie's Sleepout! Held at Drake Stadium in the fall, Reggie's Sleepout raises awareness for youth homelessness, and money to provide programming to homeless youth. Reggie's Sleepout will be held September 30, 2023.
Visit www.yss.org/rso to learn more.
Work alongside our Meal Program Manager to prepare and serve meals at our Youth Opportunity Center - 612 Locust in Des Moines. Meals are served at 12:00PM for lunch and 5:00PM for dinner.
Volunteer hours (flexible): 10:30AM - 12:30 PM or 3:30PM - 5:30PM Monday - Friday
Volunteer group size: 1-4 volunteers