Volunteering at Sandpoint Teen Center

WELCOME TO SANDPOINT TEEN CENTER!

   

We work hard to attract new volunteers and are keen to ensure all volunteers receive a positive experience and always feel welcomed and valued. 

 

We hope this will answer any questions you may have. However if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

As mentioned we are extremely grateful for volunteers that give their time up to help at the Sandpoint Teen Center. We hope you find your time with us an enjoyable experience and we look forward to providing you with a positive experience for many years to come. 

Kind Regards,

Sandpoint Teen Center Board of Directors

 

Below is a summary of Teen Center volunteer opportunities.  Please complete the Volunteer Application to let us know your passions.  (any one of these positions may be coupled together)

Operations Assistant

  • Arrive for staff check in

  • Unstructured time-mingling with teens, learning names, working on projects such as a puzzle, art project, something that you like doing that allows you to be present around the teens. Invite questions and allow students to “help” or try it out. 

  • Meal time: support teens during announcements, check-in, activity sign ups. Visit with teens during meal. Assist with clean up or transition to activities. General help as needed.

  • Activities: assist with one of the following 

 

  • Indoor/Outdoor exercise

  • Homework Help

  • Literacy Program -book group

  • Scheduled activities such as bowling, teen service projects in the community, etc.

  • Various classes

  • Job skill development: resume preparation, job applications, mock interviews, support for actual interview if appropriate

  • Help teens with clean up and sign out

  • Provide input at staff debrief

 

Literacy

  • Research and recommend book purchases to the board

  • Purchase approved books

  • Help teens select a book, track their progress, hear their report, give feedback and provide Dash for Cash prizes

  • Develop guidelines for successful completion of book reading/report

  • Coordinate with the Youth Outreach contact at the East Bonner County Library for book recommendations, and reading plan support

   

Activities

  • Schedule projects and activities.

  • Prep projects and crafts for Unstructured Time.

  • Host community members who come to teach activities

   

Exercise

  • Outdoor sports and activities, snow removal, raking leaves, etc

 

Community Assistance

  • Curate volunteer opportunities in the community for our teens

  • Match participants with opportunities

  • Serve alongside participants to ensure quality service

  • Mentor participants while volunteering

 

Job Skills

  • Oversee or assist with job skills programs

  • Maintain community contacts to ensure access to quality teachers

  • Assist with resumes, mock interviews, and cultivate potential job placements in the community

   

Homework Help

  • Help teens with homework, and help teens stay engaged and use study habits that work for them

  • Help with homework questions, research and other important skills

 

Tech Center

  • Manage and update computers

  • Implement usage policies

  • Coordinate with Office Administrator to host classes taught by qualified community members

  • Provide a schedule of classes every month on website and other platforms

 

Check in/out and Database

  • Track attendance

  • Be the first contact for visitors and teens

  • Answer phone

  • Manage ongoing small database projects

 

Administrative

  • Tech Support: help with website questions, learning new software, diagnosing and updating computers for use in the office or tech lab

  • Writer: interview participants, staff, volunteers, donors, board members, web content creation, email newsletters, annual mailings, thank you letter prep

  • Donor Management: maintain email and mail lists, track communication with donors, provide reports to the on the status of the annual communication plan

  • Staff Support: Provide training to staff on youth relationship building, mentoring youth, best practices in youth programs

  • Auditing Services for our annual operating budget

  • Grant writing support

Fundraising

  • Work with the board and staff, plan fundraising events, coordinate and help on the day of events

  • Media campaign for event publicity-radio, newspaper, Sandpoint online, video creation and You Tube

  • Provide education to the board and staff regarding fundraising methods and best practices

Sandpoint Teen Center
221 S. Division

PO Box 1066
Sandpoint, ID 83864  

sandpointteencenter@yahoo.com
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08-946-1087

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