APRIL/MAY 2021 Volunteer Sign-Up


QUESTIONS: Contact Sarah Cooney, Director of Volunteer & Outreach Services, at scooney@youthchallengesports.com or Abbie Hair, Interim Volunteer Coordinator at ahair@youthchallengesports.com.

RESTRICTIONS: Some programs are limited to volunteers by age or experience with YC.  Please read carefully when registering.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS: Remember you are responsible for your own transportation to and from programs, so please be mindful of WHERE a program is located when signing up.

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE: By completing the online form you are simply indicating which programs you’d LIKE to help with, but YC will assign you based on our need for volunteers at each activity.  YC will send your OFFICIAL SCHEDULE via email AFTER the registration deadline/BEFORE programs begin for the season.


Before signing up for programs, we require that you please review our Safety Protocol HERE.

You will also need to complete an updated Volunteer Medical Form and Liability Release HERE.  Form should be renewed each calendar year.






  • Youth Challenge receives substantial funding from foundations and community partners that often require certain demographic and income data to ensure that their grantees meet requirements set forth in specific funding guidelines. If you are comfortable doing so, please complete the following section which includes questions relating to household income, education, and race/ethnicity ("I prefer NOT to answer" is an option!) Information provided will NOT be shared.

  • We hope to get our programs back to "normal" soon, BUT in the spirit of ADAPTING, we’ve created as many opportunities as possible for you to still be involved with YC—both in person and from the comfort of your own home.

    Below you will find a list of all of our programs happening in APRIL & MAY.

    APRIL programs will be set up as INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS. Participants will choose their areas of interest (fitness, sports, art, service, science, ETC.) and sessions will be led by YC staff who will also provide any hands-on assistance a participant may need to mitigate YOUR risk surrounding COVID. We will have 4-5 participants each day, spaced out in different rooms throughout the building. Masks will be required of everyone and safety and cleaning protocols will be enforced.

    MAY programs will be outdoor activities in SMALL GROUPS, more similar to our usual style of programming, but with extra safety precautions and more limited space.

    For ALL in-person programs, both April and May, you will be paired up with a participant to do the activity alongside them and serve in the all-important SOCIAL capacity. Volunteers will obviously help in a more intimate setting so this is very different than what you’re probably used to, but it’s also a great way to get to know your partner a little better and possibly try something new!

    Please read through all info below. Please also note that, unlike other seasons, you will NOT be guaranteed “at least half of the program days you sign up for” like we usually promise. We will do our best to share the wealth and give everyone a chance to volunteer in some capacity at least ONCE. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns once you’ve received your official schedule.

    We continue to provide options for you to help YC from a safe social distance! Think of these as an "independent study" in volunteering from the comfort and safety of your home! See projects and descriptions below.

  • Programs will be held at the YC building in Westlake MONDAYS through THURSDAYS and on TUESDAYS at Hanna Perkins Center in Shaker Heights. All individual sessions are from 4-5 pm.
  • If weather isn't cooperating on a given day, we will move the programs INDOORS to either YC (west side/Lorain county days) or Hanna Perkins Center (east side days)


  • The following is a list of opportunities to volunteer OUTSIDE of normal programs. Please mark down what you're interested in helping with and we'll send you more details.

  • That's it! Pretty painless, right? Once you hit SUBMIT, a confirmation email will be sent to you recapping the programs you just marked down. NOTE: THAT EMAIL IS NOT IS NOT YOUR OFFICIAL SCHEDULE! After the registration deadline, we will assign volunteers to programs based on our need for help at each activity and the number of other volunteers who have requested those days. You will receive your OFFICIAL SCHEDULE via e-mail before programs begin for the season. Please let us know if you have any questions at (440) 892-1001. THANK YOU!