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“Being a youth caregiver was one of the formative experiences of my life. It shapes my perspective on almost all things, for good, and regrettably, sometimes for bad. Volunteering with AACY has helped me turn even the traumatizing aspects of that experience to some positive benefit, both for me, and for the kids we support. It has been one of the most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever been a part of, and an experience I am deeply grateful for.” – Nelson B.

“People of all ages helping people of all ages.”

When children assist family members who are chronically ill, injured, aging or disabled, they need extra special support in their education as well as in their caregiving role. They also need a chance to experience childhood fun!

Please volunteer with us to allow student caregivers to experience that childhood fun! Volunteers help with a variety of activities – in the office or out. The Caregiving Youth Project plans weekend camps, fishing trips, computer classes, beach parties, cooking classes, and health care classes.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways. Some may drive a Caregiving Youth to an activity while others serve as mentors and tutors, others help with events or in the office. These are just a few of the volunteer opportunities that are available.
Volunteers can make a significant difference in the quality of life of an entire family.

AACY is Recruiting Volunteers to Assist With:

  • Community Outreach: “Want to make a positive impact in the lives of Caregiving Youth and connect with your community? Join us in our community outreach efforts and events!”

  • Fundraising: “Do you have a knack for organizing events or connecting with people? Help us raise funds for our cause and make a difference!”

  • Office Support: “Looking to gain some valuable office skills and experience? Join our team and assist with approachable administrative tasks in a supportive and friendly environment!”

  • Mentoring: “Have a passion for helping others succeed? Become a mentor and share your expertise with someone who could benefit from your guidance!”

  • Videography/Video Editing: “Love working with videos? Join our team and help us document our events and activities through videography. We need someone with YouTube video editing skills to edit our current videos and create shorts for various publicity uses!”

  • Public Relations: “Do you have a flair for communication and connecting with others? Help us spread the word about our cause through PR support!”

  • Social Networking: “Are you a social media whiz or just love connecting with others online? Join us in helping to design campaigns and outreach on our social media accounts and help us engage with our community!”

  • Transportation: “Have a car and some spare time? Help us transport kids or things to where they need to go and make a difference in someone’s day. Providing rides is a huge, easy opportunity that truly makes a world of difference!”

  • Tutoring: “Do you have a passion for teaching and helping others learn? Join our team of volunteer tutors and make a difference in the life of a Caregiving Youth by helping them succeed in school!”

  • Writing & Research: “Love expressing yourself through the written word? Talented at rooting out resources, summarizing the content, and citing sources? Join us in creating content for our website or newsletters and help us share our message with the world!”

Only an hour or two of your time can change a person’s life!

Download Volunteer Application

A mentor is a caring adult who devotes time to a young person. A mentor is a friend, a resource, an advisor or coach, someone a child can talk to and ask questions when they need guidance or advice. Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. The relationship is always voluntary, with clearly defined roles and expectations.

  • Are 18 and older.
  • Are paired with mentees of the same gender.
  • Spend at least four hours per month with their mentee.
  • Begin by making a six-month to one-year commitment to the role.
  • Meet with their mentees virtually or in-person at school, the library, at home, or other mutually agreed to location.
  • Are carefully screened. This includes criminal background checks, motor vehicle driving history, personal references, as well as in-depth personal interviews with the Volunteer Manager.
  • Attend small group events and activities that are held throughout the year for learning and enjoyment.

Download Mentor Application

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of young caregivers across the country? The American Association of Caregiving Youth is seeking remote volunteers from anywhere in the United States to help us support and advocate for the estimated 5.4 million youth caregivers caring for ill, disabled, or aging family members.

No matter your skills or interests, we have a volunteer opportunity that can match your passion for helping others. By volunteering remotely, you can make a meaningful impact from the comfort of your home and help us support the often-overlooked population of Caregiving Youth in the United States.

Many thanks to our team, volunteers, members of the CYI Research Collaborative, board, donors, advisory council, parents, school administrators, counselors, teachers, and all who champion #caregivingyouth. You make a difference.

For those of you who are interested in helping with this huge, underserved population, have been a Caregiving Youth, or are currently parenting one, we invite you to join us. We’ve set ambitious goals for 2023 and actively seek major funding, partnerships, and affiliate opportunities in addition to volunteers, to benefit kids across the United States. 

Contact us today to learn more about our volunteer opportunities “from anywhere” and how you can get involved.

Amanda Richards
Volunteer Manager

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It is especially helpful to comment on our posts on LinkedIn. When you comment on an AACY post – your comment will show up to others in your LinkedIn Network and potentially help us get additional volunteers, followers and donors. Even posting an emoji helps!

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