FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021 Volunteer Sign-Up


QUESTIONS: Contact Sarah Cooney, Director of Volunteer & Outreach Services, at scooney@youthchallengesports.com or (440) 892-1001, x 14.

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 certainly don't have to tell you how crazy this past year has been and 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 FEBRUARY & MARCH (exact start date TBD).

    All in-person 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 about 4 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.
    VOLUNTEERS will be paired up with each 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 mark down the DAY(S) OF THE WEEK you're able to volunteer as well as your AREA(S) OF INTEREST. Please also indicate any dates you can NOT attend. After we've created our participants' schedule, we'll assign you to programs as a partner. Unlike other seasons, you will NOT be guaranteed the “at least half of the program days you sign up for.” We will instead 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.

    Held through Zoom (video conferencing software). Pants optional! Please note age restrictions for YELP and ACT.

    We continue to provide options for you to help YC from a safe social distance! Think of these as an "independent study" in volunteering. See info below.

  • Programs will be held at the YC building in Westlake MONDAYS through FRIDAYS and on TUESDAYS in March at Hanna Perkins Center in Shaker Heights. All in-person programs are from 4-5 pm.


  • 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!