As a program volunteer we ask that you:

  • Take your time commitment seriously. Attend all programs for which you are scheduled to volunteer and arrive on time for each activity.
  • Contact staff ASAP if you are unable to attend a scheduled program.
  • Provide your own transportation to and from programs. Be sure to have your ride situation arranged before each activity. Remain with your partner until they are safely on the van and let YC staff know you are leaving.
  • Stay with your partner throughout the program.  Their enjoyment and safety is your #1 top priority.
  • Be hands on!  Assist in adapting and get involved in the program! Help your partner run the bases, hold a paintbrush, give them advice, guide their wheelchair, etc.
  • Make every effort to get to know your partner! Limit conversations with other volunteers and put your cell phones and other devices away until program is over.
  • Bring everything you need for the day’s activity. Don’t forget your lunch for afternoon programs or your swimsuit and towel on pool days!
  • Be a role model. Exhibit “Youth Challenge Appropriate” behavior at all programs. Please no bad language, name-calling, hand holding or other public displays of affection during YC programs.
  • Assist with clean-up as needed, especially at off-site activities. Help us leave a program location better than we found it.
  • Follow instructions of the program staff and guest instructors.
  • Participants should always be accompanied by one volunteer and a staff person in the restroom.
  • Report all accidents, injuries, or other potential dangers to staff. Provide feedback to the staff by discussing areas of confusion or concern and completing seasonal evaluations.
  • Above all, HAVE FUN! YC is a place to have a good time, make new friends, and learn new things.