Youth Action/YA Advisory Council
The Volunteer Center hosts a student volunteer program called Youth Action Days. The program matches local students who want to improve the community by volunteering for one-time projects with local nonprofits. This is a great way for youth to sample a variety of opportunities that can lead to future careers, skills development and also gives them the opportunity to learn about local community issues. YAD participants are the Volunteer Center’s youth voice in the community.
The Volunteer Center of the East Bay also hosts 4 Youth Action Days during 2015-16 academic calendar year. The dates are:
Make A Difference Day/Youth Action 10/24/15, focusing on health and seniors.
Family Volunteer / Youth Action 11/21/15, focusing on hunger prevention & shelters.
Martin Luther King, Jr./ Youth Action 1/18/16, focusing on education & literacy.
Global Youth Service/Earth Day/Youth Action – Week of 4/19/15: Environment (close to Earth Day)
Volunteer Waiver YOUTH ACTION 2015 – Must be completed by parent or guardian if participant is under 18.
Past volunteer projects have included sorting food at the Pet Parades/Costume Parades at local senior facilities, activist projects for causes, creating videos or playlists for nonprofits, providing holiday gifts, operating carnival games, serving lunches at a dining room for homeless, bagging groceries for low-income individuals/families, cleaning a creek/restoring habitat, painting for local history museum, toy drives, etc. Most projects are 3-4 hours and offered on weekends.
Many schools now require community service hours as a graduation requirement. Attending several Youth Action Day projects can help meet those requirements!
We also are constantly striving to improve the program and have formed an Youth Action Advisory Council to help with program evolution. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the committee or attending a meeting.
Dee Dee Robillard, Program Director, is available at (925) 472-5768 or contact us by email.