Volunteer

Whether you’re giving your skills, experience or time, volunteering in one of our services, schools or programs is a rewarding way to help children and young people in need achieve their best.

Youth Off The Streets Volunteering Food Van

Volunteers are integral to the success of Youth Off The Streets. They also show children and young people that there are people out in the community who care about them.

Being a volunteer is a fun and meaningful way to become more involved in your community. It also allows you to use your experience or professional skills to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in need.

Our wonderful volunteers come from all walks of life and there is a volunteering opportunity to suit everyone – from supporting a young person to develop life skills through our mentoring program, helping young people learn at our independent high schools, preparing food, or supporting the work of our main office teams.

What you need to know

To be a volunteer with us, you need to be aged 21 or over, hold a current Working With Children Check and complete our induction process, which may include a National Police Check. Our Volunteer team here at Youth Off The Streets will guide you through this process.

Youth Off The Streets is a member of the Centre for Volunteering, the NSW peak volunteering body. This membership demonstrates our commitment to best practice in volunteering and volunteer management.

Where you can volunteer

Our current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

  • Communities Inspiring and Teaching Youth (CITY) Project, Fairfield, NSW:

    Connect and collaborate on initiatives that will have a positive and sustainable impact on the community and local youth. Come and join our amazing group of volunteers!

    For more information and to apply, please contact cityproject@youthoffthestreets.com.au.

  • Engagement and Support, Bankstown and Macquarie Fields:

    Join us in supporting the young people in the Bankstown and Macquarie Fields areas to develop strong social connections.

    These community-based activities take place every Wednesday at Macquarie Fields and every Thursday at Bankstown from 4 pm to 9 pm. You can assist with food preparation, sporting activities, capacity building and living skills preparation.

    We are currently seeking motivated volunteers to make a difference in these communities.

  • EDEN College, Macquarie Fields:

    Food preparation for up to 45 students once a week (not including Wednesdays) during school term from 9am to 11am. All ingredients are provided, but we need your creativity!

  • Craig Davis College, Cordeaux Heights, Wollongong:

    Food preparation for up to 30 students once a week (Monday to Friday) during school term from 9am to 11am. All food is provided.

  • The Lakes College, Blue Haven:

    Volunteer driving instructors are needed for one hour per week at our high school at Blue Haven on the Central Coast. Come and assist our students on their Learner’s license to develop their driving skills and gain hours for their logbook. The young people will have completed at least five professional driving lessons before undertaking this program with you. You will need to have vast experience driving and a full driver licence, along with patience and understanding.

  • Refuge, Erskineville:

    We’d appreciate your green thumb at our refuges mowing lawns, whiper snippering, weeding, trimming –whatever you feel needs your tender loving care.

    We will supply all equipment and the hours can suit you.

  • Administrative roles:

    Be engaged in supporting a variety of day-to-day activities at our office in Alexandria, including short-term projects.

Interested in volunteering with us?

Please email us at volunteer@youthoffthestreets.com.au and let us know which of the current volunteer opportunities listed above you are interested in.

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Meet Betty

I met one of my closest friends while volunteering at one of the Youth Off The Streets schools making lunches for the kids. We both find it so satisfying spending time with the kids and being part of their journey towards becoming empowered young leaders of their community.

Read Betty’s story here.