volunteer

What is the essence of life?
To serve others and to do good.

Aristotle

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opportunities & roles

At Youth Guidance Outreach Services, volunteers come alongside staff to play an active role in the mentoring and caring of our youths and families we serve. Join us in supporting an existing programme, or initiate a project to bless our beneficiaries!

Want to join our team of vibrant and dedicated volunteers?

Email our Volunteer Coordinator here: jiamin.ng@ygos.org.sg 

Mentoring/Befriending

Educate, equip and empower youths with pro-social skills and resilience.

Commitment: Minimum 6 months

Event/Activity Planner

Plan, gather resources and execute fun activities or events for our youths!

Commitment: Project Based

Sports Coach

Develop character and leadership skills in our youths through sports.

Commitment: Project Based

Art & Crafts

Spur the creativity & self-expression of our youths through art and craft activities! 

Commitment: Project Based

Music Workshops

Lessons on instruments, music production, performance or music business. 

Commitment: One-time masterclass or series of workshops

Tutor

Provide small-group tutoring; supervise and guide students in their studies

Commitment: Ad-hoc, minimum of 3 months 

Dancing

Take part in our drop-in session dance groups! Choose from different genres of dance to engage the youths.

Commitment: Ad-hoc, minimum 3 months

Graphic Design/Videography

Be creative! Design engaging visuals for our social media platforms and/or capture eventful memories through video editing.

Commitment: Ad-hoc, minimum 3 months

Event Photographer

Help us to document significant events through photographs! Added effort to do post-processing of photos is highly appreciated!

Commitment: Ad-hoc, minimum 3 months

Career Guidance

Provide advice and career guidance as youths navigate professional pathways to get a start on their careers, or in transition to other jobs.

Commitment: Ad-hoc, minimum 3 months

Fundraising

Help bring awareness to youth-at-risk work and raise funds to support the programmes run at YGOS!

Commitment:  Project Based

Beauty & Wellness

Teach youths about basic beauty and cosmetic tips and tricks to look presentable for school or job interviews. 

Commitment: Project Based

FAQ

How do I go about signing up to volunteer with Youth Guidance Outreach Services?


Please email to our Volunteer Manager at jiamin.ng@ygos.org.sg Your Name: Age: Category of Volunteering that you are interested: Your Commitment Period/Availability: Your Mobile: Your email: Your CV (if applicable): We wish to inform that only suitable volunteers will be called upon to help in the appropriate activities as it depends on our manpower availability for the individual programmes as well.




What kind of training is available to me as a volunteer?


We value our volunteers and seek to invest in their development. All volunteers regardless of preferences in activities, upon your initial orientation, would have received an email with resources on working with youths-at-risk, which cover the very basics for general interactions. For Mentoring/Befriending volunteers, experience gets better with time. You will get better in relating to youths as you build rapport with the youth over time, and our Youth Workers will be around to assist in any questions that you may have. We also aim to conduct mass trainings for existing volunteers (or even those interested to join) throughout the year. While we have planned for them to take place every quarter, the training will only take place if there is a minimum of 15-20 RSVPs. These mass training sessions will be communicated and made available to you via email for all those who are in our volunteer mailing list, so please make sure you are on it! If you signed up as an Event Volunteer, although there is no specific training in a certain skill, we will still conduct email and online briefings before the event, and in-person briefings on the day itself. For activities which require more visualisation of complicated procedures, we may ask you to come down for a pre-event dry-run or training.




Is there a minimum age to volunteer?


At YGOS, we want to encourage everyone to volunteer with us, but due to the vulnerability of the population we serve, we would prefer our volunteers to be at least 21 years of age.

In general, we expect our volunteers to be mature in thinking and decision making; youths tend to be of an imressionable age and we aim for our volunteers to serve as a good role model for them.

For events that may be ad-hoc in nature, volunteer expectations might differ according to the task at hand. If in doubt, please check with the volunteer coordinator at YGOS.




I am a Student. Can I collaborate with YGOS to plan and conduct a Service Learning Project?


We welcome students to consider YGOS in planning and executing their Service Learning Projects (SLP). However, students will have to be from a locally based institution, and be at least 21 years old. You may email your proposal to our Volunteer Manager should you have any enquiries.




I am sourcing for opportunities to do corporate volunteering. How do I send in an enquiry?


Corporate volunteering at YGOS can happen in 4 ways: 1) Project-based - for example, a one-off event run by YGOS that you and your team/department can participate in 2) Volunteer-initiated projects/programme - you or your team can send in a proposal to conduct a project/programme that impacts the beneficiaries, we will assess its feasibility 3) Ad-hoc - you can suggest a date and time with us, and we'll check on our side if there is anything for you to help us with. 4) Fundraising campaign - you or your team can submit a request to explore ways in which you can volunteer to help fundraise for our programmes/beneficiaries, and we will assess its feasibility
Please send your requests to Jia Min at jiamin.ng@ygos.org.sg




Can I organise a short one-day CSR/Volunteering day for my company, where we get to interact and engage with the beneficiaries for a few hours in a day?


*UPDATE* Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, direct client facing volunteering by large groups are not permitted by the Government, until further directions given. ________
Once in a while we do get requests by CSR representatives for corporates to plan volunteering stints that take place on a very specific date in the year at quite a short notice (less than 2 months away), and often these stints require face-to-face interaction with our beneficiaries in some way.
While we appreciate the thought, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify that our youth centre is not open to youths on all days, so access to them is not a simple matter of coming down on any day of the week.

Furthermore, it is our duty to protect and watch over youths under our care, hence it is not the best approach to allow interactions between just any adult and youth.
Thus we seek your understanding that we are usually unable to accommodate volunteer proposals that can only take place on a very specific date, and which must include some form of interaction with our beneficiaries.

If however, you and your team are open to doing anything that is beneficial to YGOS, on a specific date, it can be done. An example would be centre clean-up, re-painting of our facility walls, or others.