Mentor at-risk youth while volunteering at an animal shelter


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2250 Barber Greene RdDeKalb, IL 60115

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TAILS Humane Society is currently seeking Volunteer Mentors for our Catalyst Program!

What is Catalyst?: The Catalyst program is a grant funded program that assists youth struggling in one or more of the following aspects: educationally, socially, or general functioning in the home environment.

What role would a Volunteer Mentor play?: Catalyst Program would pair Volunteer Mentors with at-risk youth in our program by animal interest. Mentors who would assist them in learning important life skills through working in the animal shelter environment. Youth will learn a wide variety of life skills, such as, laundry, washing dishes, the importance of communication/socialization, animal behavior modification, and much more. Additionally, at-risk youth and mentors will have the opportunity to attend group catalyst events to further build upon their social skills.

What type of committment can I expect to make?: Volunteer Mentors will be asked to commit, at minimum, 1 hour each week to mentoring their youth catalyst member.

How can at-risk youth join the program?: At-risk youth join the program through a referral process. TAILS Catalyst Program has partnered with DeKalb County community agencies who will refer youth to us who would be eligible to join. The program is open to the public for those who may be interestd in providing a referral.

How do I get started as a Volunteer Mentor for Catalyst?: 1.) Once you have expressed interest in volunteering, the Director of Volunteers will provide you with an application to complete. 2.) You will then be screened and paired by our Catalyst Coordinator. 3.) You will need to attend Volunteer Orientation (90 minutes long) and 2 Volunteer Training Sessions (90-120 minutes long each) to learn how to complete tasks within the shelter 4.) You must pass a background check and mandated reporter training, both provided through the grant funding budget. Please visit our website for more information:


  • Child Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Kids Teens

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour each week
  • Able to provide own transportation
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