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Volunteer Opportunities - Summer 2016 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! As a community-based organization serving over 4,000 individuals each year in three jurisdictions, LAYC relies on the time and talents of its neighbors to fulfill its mission. Each year, LAYC volunteers donate hundreds of hours to projects ranging from homework tutoring, space beautification, or serving meals at our annual holiday celebration.

Our current available opportunities vary throughout the year, so please check back often or sign-up for volunteer alerts.

If any particular opportunity listed below fits your interests, availability, and commitment, please sign-up by following the application instructions in the description.  A staff person will be in touch with you for more information so you can get started.  

NOTE: Each program has unique on-boarding processes. Some opportunities that deal directly with minors require specific security and background checks.

 

Assist Housing Programs with Systems Improvements - Short-term commitment to volunteer remotely 

LAYC’s Housing programs provide transitional living services for youth 18-24 years old who are homeless or experiencing unstable housing in the DC area. The program seeks two administrative volunteers to help improve language access via documents for youth and database systems. Ideal volunteers will be highly skilled individuals with flexible hours to work remotely. In addition, ideal volunteers must work independently on assigned tasks via their own computer or laptop and communicate regularly with staff contacts via email or phone. Creative volunteers with strong writing and communications skills are strongly preferred.

Document translator: A volunteer will support the team in translating a number of programmatic documents from English to Spanish, ensuring that materials are clear and accurate. Documents include intake and release forms, notifications and policies, youth welcome manual, etc. Volunteer must be able to translate technical documents in a relevant manner to ensure language access for Spanish-speaking youth. Strong English-Spanish bilingual (preferred fluent) writing and translating skills are required. Volunteers are encouraged to complete assignments remotely with occasional in-person meetings with staff.

Database developer: A volunteer will support the team in creating a new database using Microsoft Access to help accurately collect relevant data from across various housing programs. Volunteers must be familiar with Microsoft Access and comfortable creating and editing new systems. Volunteer must be able to complete assignments independently following guidance provided by collaborating with the housing team to identify their data collection needs and concerns. Volunteers are encouraged to complete assignments remotely with occasional in-person meetings with staff.

Date:  Flexible dates to be arranged with program contact

Time: Flexible hours to be arranged with program contact

Location: Assignments to be completed remotely, with occasional meetings on-site at the Housing Program office in Columbia Heights.

Volunteer Commitment: Minimum 4-6 hours per month, with the aim of completing tasks in a 3-month time frame.

How to Sign-up: Interested volunteers should submit their current resume and a brief paragraph expressing their interest and skills, including contact information and schedule of availability to Janeth Chorlango at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief interview with program staff.

Required Clearances: None for this one-time opportunity. 

 

Network with Summer Youth Connect Interns over Breakfast - one time event

The Latin American Youth Center's Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) needs volunteers for the Youth Connect Networking Breakfast, an annual networking opportunity for youth participating in the Summer Youth Connect Internship program and professionals from a wide variety of industry sectors. Two volunteer professionals will be seated at a table of up to 8 interns and are required to engage in discussion around their career pathway and experiences in the world of workforce.  

MMYC's Summer Youth Connect Internship program provides eligible Montgomery County youth ages 16-24 with the opportunity to gain valuable and paid work experience. Public, private, and non-profit businesses, government, and community-based organizations provide safe and meaningful workplace experiences in high-growth industries. The program works closely with youth to help them succeed in the workplace, advance their education, and become strong leaders and engaged citizens. Youth gain financial management skills and hands-on work experience, and connect with positive adult role models. In addition, they improve their interpersonal and communication skills and build connections for future work opportunities. In turn, businesses and agencies make a positive contribution to youth in the community.

Date:  Friday, July 29, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: 1 Veterans Place - Great Hall. Silver Spring, MD. 20910 (public parking is located adjacent to the entrance and the location is bus/metro accessible)

Volunteer Commitment:  one-time event, 2 hours to engage with youth during the morning event.

How to Sign-up:  Please send an email to Jacob Newman at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , describing your interest and include your contact information and availability to participate.  

Required Clearances: None for this one-time event. 


Distribute Food Packages at MMYC Riverdale – one time event or monthly 

Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) Riverdale will host its monthly Food Bank Distribution Day in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, William Wirt Middle School and Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.  The event is an outdoor food bank where food packages are distributed to community members by MMYC staff and volunteers. The event expects to reach over 200 families in the Riverdale, MD community.  The team seeks approximately 10 volunteers to  assist with special events support, including set-up and break-down, registration table, packing assembly lines, loading and clean-up efforts. Volunteers would be also be assisting the MMYC staff with the distribution of the food packages. The ideal volunteer will be available for the full event (approximately 4 -5 hours in the morning) and able to lift, load, and carry heavy objects for set-up and break-down.  This is a one-time event for the month of July and/or August, however, interested volunteers may commit to helping with the Food Bank Distribution Day monthly.

Date:  Thursday, July 21, 2016; Thursday, August 18, 2016; this is a reoccurring monthly event held on the morning of every third Thursday of each month, rain or shine.

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: MMYC Riverdale site at Center for Educational Partnership 6200 Sheridan Street Riverdale, MD 20737

Volunteer Commitment:  one-time event, with a minimum of 4 hours to provide support through the entire morning event. If you’re interested in volunteering monthly for this re-occurring event, please communicate your interest to Gabriela Gonzalez.

How to Sign-up:  Please send an email to Gabriela Gonzalez at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , describing your interest and preferred date(s) for participation. 

Required Clearances: None for this one-time event. 

 

Mentor Young Parents Pursuing Healthy Lifestyles

The Young Parents Program (YPP) is now recruiting volunteer mentors for its third and fourth annual cohorts. YPP is a program that empowers young parents to pursue healthy lifestyles and become acquainted with the rewards and realities of being a parent. The Young Parents Program seeks adults (preferably mothers and fathers) to mentor participants in the Family-to-Family Mentoring Program and help young parents navigate the challenging and rewarding life of being a parent. Some benefits of volunteering as a mentor include: an opportunity to be a positive role model, develop a relationship with a young parent or family, share both the rewards and realities of parenthood, and instill confidence in young parents. The minimum requirements to volunteer with the YPP Mentorship Program are: volunteers must be at least 18 years old and older, attend a short orientation and at least two events throughout the duration of the cohort, provide a character reference before the start of the cohort, be open and honest in sharing parenting experiences with mentees, discuss mentee concerns with Parent Educator/Case Manager as needed, and preferably be a parent or head of household.  

Dates:  May through September 2016

Times: events TBD, but are usually during workdays, typically in the afternoons

Location: LAYC Anchor site 1419 Columbia Road NW or nearby event locations

Volunteer Commitment:  Must be at least 18 years old to mentor. Must attend orientation and two events throughout duration of cohort

How to Apply:  Interested volunteers should submit a complete application and a brief paragraph expressing their interest and availability to Janina Yates at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief orientation.

Required Clearances:  Volunteers selected may be asked to complete a local police clearance, an FBI background clearance, and a Child Protective Registry check. They will also need to sign a statement of confidentiality and provide a character reference before the start of the cohort.

 

 

Group Inquiries:

Are you a school, faith or community-based organization, or corporate group looking to volunteer with LAYC? Tell us more in our Groups Request Form. We can't guarantee to fulfill all group requests, but we will do our best to find a scheduling and project match when appropriate. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016; Thursday, August 18, 2016; this is a reoccurring monthly event held on the morning of every third Thursday of each month, rain or shine.