Volunteering with Children and Youth

Simpson’s approach to working with families is strength-based, responsive, and holistic. All parents in our program work directly with a Family Advocate who focus on locating and retaining stable, affordable housing, and attaining personal goals related to financial stability, education, or employment. The mission of our Children and Youth Services programs is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by partnering with parents to support children’s academic success, stability, and well-being. Our Children and Youth services include:

  • Early Childhood Home Visiting program for families with children ages 0-5;
  • Passage Tutoring Program which provides education support and literacy tutoring to children grades Pre-K – 6th grade;
  • Literacy Mentoring which matches mentors with K-5th grade students for literacy and academic support; and
  • Middle School Mentoring which matches mentors with 5-8th grade students to explore the students’ areas of interest in academics, career, or enrichment opportunities and help youth build skills such as leadership and self-efficacy.

There are a variety of ways to get involved with Children and Youth Services. We’re always looking for volunteer tutors and mentors to forge lasting relationships with youth transitioning out of homelessness. Volunteers bring their own unique strengths to the youth we serve, but all our tutors and mentors believe in the inherent potential of youth. Volunteers in all of our programs receive training and regular staff support throughout the year. Volunteers choose the age group, level of structure, and degree of scheduling flexibility that’s right for them.

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend one of our Introductory Sessions where you’ll learn more about the different opportunities and our strategies for success. To attend one of our informational sessions, register here:

  • Tuesday, December 12, 5:30 pm – 7 pm | RSVP here
  • Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King Jr Day, 9 am – 10:30 am | RSVP here
  • Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 pm – 7 pm | RSVP here

Prospective Mentors and Tutors

Please complete the Volunteer Application and select Literacy Mentor, Middle School Mentor, or Reading Tutor from the drop down menu.

Current Mentors

Please complete your Mentor Activity Log online

Or, complete a paper version