Coach Incarcerated Youth as They Train Shelter Dogs!


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Thu Nov 17, 2016 03:00 PM - Thu Jan 05, 2017 05:30 PM


840 Guadalupe ParkwaySan Jose, CA 95131


We're launching a new program at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall in San Jose, and we needCOACHES on THURSDAYS: 3:00pm-5:30pm.

UnChained pairs homeless dogs with at risk youth: the youth learn positive communication and teamwork through teaching the dogs good manners, social skills and basic commands! This training increases the dogs' chances of finding a forever home--dogs with basic skills are 50% more likely to be adopted--while it strengthens the youth's capacity for compassion, responsibility, creativity and bonding. Everyone wins!

GET INVOLVED: If you're interested in volunteering with us, we would love to hear from you! Please fill our our Volunteer Application at:

VOLUNTEER ROLE: Our coaches will attend classes at Juvenile Hall to direct and encourage the youth as they train their pups. If you love working with teens and have some knowledge of dog training, handling or behavior, then this is a great role for you! Youth in our program are incarcerated, so volunteers should prepare to enter the facility with an open mind, to withhold judgements and to be sensitive to maintaining confidentiality of the youth.

TIME COMMITMENT: Volunteers attend one class day per week, and spend approximately 1.5 hours per class with the youth and dogs, as well as 1 hour with the volunteer team to prepare and debrief before and after class. Classes run on an 8 week cycle, and we ask volunteers to commit to 6 months of volunteering.

OTHER: Coach volunteers will need to be able to pass a background check in order to enter the Juvenile Hall facility. This may include fingerprinting or providing additional information such as your birthdate and driver's license number.


  • Child Development
  • Mentoring
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 Hours/Week for 6 Months
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