Volunteer with Us

 



Since its inception in 1998, First Place has thrived on the efforts of volunteers. We pledge to do everything in our power to make your volunteer experience a productive and rewarding one.

Volunteer Opportunities:

 

Tutoring (ongoing)

Meet one-on-one with a program participant to help them work toward their GED, improve college entrance exam scores, or apply to a postsecondary education program. Tutors can also help with mock interviews, resume editing, filling out job applications, and other job-related skills.

Tutors meet with program participants during normal working hours: Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm. Must be 18 or older to apply. Background check required.

Career Mentoring (one-time commitment)

Meet a program participant or small group to discuss the steps taken to get to your current professional position, and possibly host a job shadow. Alternatively, host a small group of youth to visit your office to do an informational interview with you and any willing colleagues. Answering questions about what your job is like, how you got to where you are, and what employers look for when they’re hiring is both practically useful and inspiring for the youth.  You could also visit for an afternoon and help with mock interviews, resume editing, filling out job applications, and other job-related skills.

Career mentors meet with program participants during normal working hours: Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm. Must be 18 or older to apply. In some cases, a background check may be required.

Single Workshop Leaders

Conduct a workshop for current and former foster youth.  Some possible topics include: interviewing, cooking, nutrition, anger management, parenting, and poetry.

Youth Events

Help make our events special for our young people! Possible areas for volunteering include setting up, preparing/serving food, gift wrapping and distribution, and clean up. First Place has an event almost every month at the First Steps Community Resource Center.

Volunteer groups welcome.

Fundraising

Host a First Place house party. Invite your friends to learn more about First Place and support our programs.

For your convenience, please click here to access and print out our Volunteer Application. Fill it out and email it back to us at info@firstplaceforyouth.org to start the process. Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

First Place for Youth

426 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.272.0979
info@firstplaceforyouth.org

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