Volunteer Opportunities

Skills-based opportunities

On-going/Skills-based volunteers commit to a minimum of 3 months providing service that capitalizes on their personal talents, core business skills, experience, or education. Opportunities include working alongside children, youth, and young adults in our programs, helping plan and staff events, and more!

Apply to be an on-going volunteer!

Student Volunteers

High school and college students looking to complete required service learning hours serve YSS in a variety of ways. Opportunities for student volunteers include:

Mentor BINGO Night
– event planning
Check back for more projects this semester!

Kids Club: Ballard, Boone, Gilbert, Ogden, and Roland-Story Schools
Housed in five school districts, Kids Club is an after school program for children in elementary (K-6th) that runs Monday-Friday until 6:00PM. Volunteers get experience interacting with children in a fun, stimulating environment while providing structured activities that allow children to build positive relationships with peers and caring adults. Some activities include group games, crafts, science experiments, tutoring, and more!

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 3:00p-6:00p
Wednesday 1:30p-6:00p early dismissal

Impact Teen Club: Ballard and Collins-Maxwell Schools
Housed in two school districts, Teen Club (or Impact as it’s known in the schools) is a fun and engaging after school program offered to youth in middle school (6th-8th). Volunteers get experience engaging with youth by playing group games, facilitating service projects, cooking, crafts and more! (Car pooling is an option).

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 3:00p-5:00p
Wednesday 1:30p-5:00p early dismissal

Volunteers work directly with youth and make such a positive impact that we ask for a commitment of 3 months, attending program once a week (except during breaks). Volunteers should have access to a vehicle as these programs are located outside of Ames.

Apply to be a student volunteer!

Mentoring Program Volunteers

Mentoring is the largest volunteer program at YSS serving 350 youth in the Ames and surrounding areas. School-Based Mentoring is a 40 minute/week commitment throughout the school year serving K-8th grades. Community-Based Mentoring is a 40 minute/week commitment throughout one calendar year serving youth in YSS Residential Addiction Treatment and Rosedale Shelter programs. We currently have 68 children in need of a mentor! Visit our mentoring page to learn more!

High School Mentor Application
Adult Mentor Application

Annual Event Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Maze 2020: March 30th-April 3rd  Be sure to check back for more information and how to volunteer!
Watch this video to learn more about Teen Maze!

Group Volunteers

Groups looking to volunteer at YSS  can get involved in opportunities that range from staffing events like Holiday Giving, Teen Maze, and Reggie’s Sleepout, to large projects (outdoor/indoor facilities) to holding a donation drive. If you choose a donation drive we will talk to you about our most-needed items, and then coordinate a time for you to bring in your collected donations.

Donation drive, donate food, or make a meal

Ames Rosedale Shelter, contact Emily Krapfl
Ames Adolescent Residential Addiction Treatment programs, contact Matthew Voorhees
Des Moines Iowa Homeless Youth Center (IHYC), register here.
Mason City Francis Lauer, contact Brodie Long

Recording Volunteer Hours

The time you give is valuable, to you and to us. Recording the time our volunteers give is important, as this information is regularly reported to our donors, and often required by our grantors.

Download the MyImpact app on your phone to easily clock in/out of your shift. Login and select the opportunity you are volunteering for.

To log your hours manually, go to MyImpactPage, login to your account and enter the time you volunteered with us. For help contact us with questions.