Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

7227 N. 16th StreetPhoenix, AZ 85020

About

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is training volunteers to serve as Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children in immigration detention! Our next Child Advocate Training in Phoenix will be on May 5th and 6th, 2018!

A Child Advocate is a volunteer that spends time with, and advocates on behalf of a vulnerable unaccompanied immigrant child. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds. Advocates must be at least 21 years old and be fluent in Spanish. Child Advocates complete a two-day training session on child development, communicating with children, U.S. immigration law and issues facing unaccompanied immigrant children. Trained Child Advocates receive continuous training, support, and supervision from the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

As a Child Advocate, you commit to:

? Visit with one child on a weekly basis (approximately 1 hour) during the duration of their stay in federal custody.

? Help the child think through important options and decisions.

? Accompany the child to court hearings and other important meetings and interviews.

? Maintain communication with the Young Center staff and the child’s Case Manager at the shelter.

? Advocate for the best interest of the child.

To become a Child Advocate, you must:

-Be at least 21 years old

-Submit to a background check and TB test

-Participate in the two-day Young Center Training

-Be approved by the Young Center

-Speak Spanish

If you are interested in attending the next Child Advocate Training in January or would like more information about the Child Advocate program in Phoenix, please complete the interest form ( The Young Center Online Interest Form )and our Volunteer Coordinator, Priscilla Guadarrama, will reach out to you. If you have any questions you can contact Priscilla via e-mail at pguadarrama@theyoungcenter.org or via phone at 480-493-6153.

Skills

  • Spanish
  • Child Advocacy
  • Immigration Law
  • Advocacy

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour weekly visits
  • *Spanish

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