Who are we? The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. The Young Center provides volunteer Child Advocates (guardians ad litem) for trafficking victims and unaccompanied immigrant children. We serve children from our Chicago, Harlingen, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Washington, DC offices.
Who are our Child Advocates? Our Child Advocates are adults who volunteer to spend time with and advocate on behalf of an individual unaccompanied immigrant child while he or she is in federal custody and subject to immigration proceedings. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds. We have a particular need for bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, K'iche', or other languages indigenous to Central America and Mexico.
How can I become a Child Advocate? Before being assigned, Advocates must complete a two-day training session. New volunteers must be 21 years old, have their own transportation, undergo a federal and state background check, and be willing to commit approximately one hour per week to visit with an unaccompanied child. Once assigned to an individual child, each Advocate receives continuing training, support, and supervision from the Young Center.
The Young Center is currently recruiting new Child Advocates in the New York area (particular need for volunteers who can serve in Westchester County, Long Island, and the Bronx and East Harlem) for a training on November 5-6, 2016. This will be one of only two trainings held during the year, and space is limited.
- Child Development
- Youth Services
- Crisis Intervention
- Child Welfare
- Child Care
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- One hour per week after training