ServiceWorks, a national youth development program, is teaming up with the City of Richmond’s Community Services Department, AmeriCorps, the Citi Foundation and Points of Light to engage 16-24 year olds in project-based initiatives that develop participants’ leadership skills and spark transformative community change.
But before the program can accomplish amazing things in Richmond, they need volunteers.
Currently ServiceWorks is on the lookout for volunteers age 16 and over to work as success coaches, workshop facilitators and recruiters for the program.
According to ServiceWorks organizers, “We’re looking for volunteers to help mentor and guide youth as we help them reach their college and career goals.”
The program provides free training for volunteers and in return requests that they make a commitment to serve three hours per week over a three month period. Orientation and training dates for ServiceWorks’ volunteers are as follow:
- Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 4-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 4-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 4-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 4-6 p.m.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the training sessions. To get a detailed overview of volunteer job responsibilities, or to RSVP for training, contact Vanessa Chau at 510-620-6552 or Vanessa_Chau@ci.richmond.ca.us.
Program volunteers will have the satisfaction of watching the fruits of their labor result in positive change for our community.
Per organizers, the “Skill building, volunteering and success coaching” participants engage in as part of the program are “strategies to help address barriers to youth economic opportunity within targeted communities,” like Richmond.
The aptly named service scholars “gain critical leadership and workplace skills, strengthen their networks and community connections and receive an opportunity to apply these skills by volunteering and leading their own community service projects,” organizers added.
Volunteers “can help empower service scholars to articulate a vision for their future, take steps to accomplish their goals and leverage their networks to overcome any obstacles they may be facing in reaching their goals.”
In Richmond, the program’s service scholars have been involved in park revitalizations, Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances, International Women’s Day activities and other community-centric projects.