Youth Volunteer Opportunities in Education
Big Brothers Big Sisters' School Based Mentoring Program
Programs allow children, grades K-8, to have a Big Brother or Big Sister spend approximately 1-2 hours per week with the child only at his/her school. Volunteers meet with their "Little" anytime during the hours of 2:40-6:00 in the after school program or for some schools they can meet during the lunch break. Volunteers in the school-based program need to be at least 15 years of age. We are currently providing "Bigs" at Briarwood, Bowling Green Junior High, Lost River, Cumberland, Dishman, Parker-Bennett, Warren Elementary, and Girls Inc. In order to become a volunteer please contact our office at 781-1180 and ask for DeAnna Coles
Bowling Green Parks and Recreation
Has a new after school program! Volunteers are needed from between the hours of 3pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday. Volunteer duties may include helping in the homework room, supervising the game room or TV room, helping with gymnasium activities or helping out in the kitchen with arts and crafts and other activities. If you would like more information about this opportunity, contact Denise or Richard at 393-3734.
Warren County Public Library - Main Branch:
Needs volunteers shelving materials, shelf reading, straightening, and mailings. Also, volunteers are needed for assisting with special events (examples include The Southern Kentucky Bookfest, Summer Reading activities, and Book Sales.) All volunteers must go through a short interview before they are scheduled. Volunteers need to be at least in the 8th grade. For more information, contact Robin Hanks, Outreach Manager, at 270-782-0252 ext 202.
Boys & Girls Club
Needs volunteers to work with children after school during the school year. Volunteers may be assisting with homework or recreational activities. One-on-one interaction with the kids is preferred. Youth volunteers need to be in high school. For more information, please call Abbey Kitchens at 843-6466.
Family Enrichment Center
Welcomes youth volunteers at both the Wee Care Nursery and Administrative Office locations. Volunteer duties may include the following:
- read/interact with children
- rake leaves
- clean out mulch area on playgrounds and around facilities
- clean children's toys and other light cleaning
- assisting with mail outs - folding, copying, addressing and postage
Please contact Denise Lambrianou, Volunteer Coordinator at 781-6714.
Office opens 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 441 Church Avenue and 869 Broadway Avenue.
Housing Authority of Bowling Green Family Literacy Center
Needs volunteers to tutor children with reading at one of the five Learning Centers in Bowling Green. Volunteers can choose one day a week between Monday through Thursday to read with a child. Volunteers are expected to meet with their reading buddy once a week at the assigned Learning Center. For more information contact Donna Workman, Program Coordinator at 270-843-6071.
International Center (Western Kentucky Refugee Assistance Association)
English Tutoring - Teach immigrants and refugees in their homes or assist in the English classes held at the center. We have a great need for one-on-one literacy training. This help could be as simple as holding one-on-one conversations with students to allow for additional English practice.
Family Friends - Adopt a refugee family and assist them in their transition by just being a friend! You could also help them with community orientation, introduction to church, transportation to the grocery, and trust building. Remember, refugees have suffered a great deal. Trust is the most important thing they can build. Your friendship may be the most important thing in their lives.
Arts and Crafts - Facilitate a seminar that teaches a specific technique or involves a certain craft. One-time events or ongoing series are welcome. This can be oriented toward children or adults.
Children's Programs - Read to children or help with games.
Open M-F 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Contact Jennifer Van Buskirk at 781-8336 for more information.
Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky
Dedicated to educating young people to understand business and economics and be workforce ready. This is accomplished through volunteers sharing their life experiences through stimulating hands-on activities. JA staff provides training materials and ongoing support for volunteers. Teen volunteers must be over 16 years of age so that they can drive to their assigned classroom. Teens will teach Junior Achievement classes to 3rd grade and under. The volunteer's role includes: A once a week commitment for a minimum of five classroom visits and facilitating activities for 30-45 minute class periods. Classes begin late August to early September for the fall and January to Early February for the spring. Call 270-782-0280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.