Monday August 12th is International Youth Day! This year’s theme is “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.” To celebrate, we’re highlighting just a few of the near 13,000 jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities concerning youth and migration on Idealist.
Passionate about migration issues?
- To concentrate more specifically on migration, check out the five open positions at Baltimore’s Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, an organization that resettles refugees, protects unaccompanied refugee children, and advocates for immigrants.
- Doing similar work in Mexico, Sin Fronteras I.A.P. is seeking a project development consultant.
- If you speak Spanish and English, you can combine your language skills with your professional ones and volunteer at Centro de Educación de Trabajadores in New York, a center with all-volunteer teachers and administrators that provides classes, legal advice, and support for immigrants around the world.
- But perhaps you’re just starting out in the nonprofit world? You might want to look at these paid internships with the Shalupe Foundation in Boston, a nonprofit working to empower women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Want to work with youth?
- If you’d like to work directly with youth, consider Legal Outreach in New York; they need part-time teachers and tutors.
- Fire up your brain and your muscles by coaching for America SCORES, an after school program for elementary and middle school children that combines soccer, literacy, creative expression, and service to empower kids. There are chapters across the U.S. looking for coaches as well as administrative staff.
- Reading Partners is another nationwide after school literacy program, and they’re looking for managers, directors, and volunteer reading tutors.
- Over in Florida, you can volunteer with Growth from Grief to help support children dealing with the loss of loved ones through uplifting, positive activities and experiences.
- Or, if you’re a student looking to make a difference in Illinois, you can join the Y.O.U. Impact Fellows Program and provide low-income youth with after school programming, mental health counseling, mentorship, and more.
In addition to the above, there are always thousands of teaching, mentoring, and counseling opportunities on Idealist that can get you out and helping the youth in your community!
Need opportunities for young people to get involved?
Of course we can’t leave out opportunities for youth on International Youth Day!
- Free The Children, an international and domestic program based in Toronto, facilitates the largest network of children helping one another through education in the world. To help these kids help one another, check out the dozens of programming, managing, and project coordinating positions they have available.
- Young women between the ages of 16-22 might be interested in the ELLA Fellowship Program, which gives them the opportunity to create and implement their own leadership projects with support from the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
- A good family project for you and the kids is collecting toys for the 2013 Toy Collection Drive in Detroit or join Seattle’s One Million Meals Campaign and help serve food, read, and hang out with children and teens during the summer.
So, no matter where you are in the world, we hope you get to celebrate the day by supporting and spending time with the children and teens in your community.