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Youth Education Leader

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Organization for Autism Research

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 42 people are interested

Youth Education Leaders play an important role in raising awareness and building acceptance among students in K-8 about Autism Spectrum Disorders. OAR seeks volunteers of all ages who demonstrate the leadership skills, communication skills, and initiative to teach the Kit for Kids program in the school setting. OAR staff is willing to work closely with high school students, parents, educators, and others interested in implementing the program school or district-wide.

  • Identify a local school or organization where you will volunteer and coordinate a time to present the Kit for Kids
  • Review Kit for Kids materials thoroughly before presentation day
  • Use the Kit for Kids lesson materials as outlined in the proposed plan
    • Read the "What’s Up with Nick?" story aloud in a positive and professional manner to children in the general population
    • Facilitate classroom discussion about the story using the lesson plan and script provided
  • Track, record, and submit service hours in a timely manner

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently encouraging Youth Education Leaders to present these resources online, through video lessons or other remote means, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are hoping to resume regular Youth Education Leader activities in the Spring, but for now we ask that our volunteers conduct lessons online.

To learn more and fill out an application, go to: https://researchautism.org/get-involved/volunteer/

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About Organization for Autism Research


2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 401, Arlington, VA 22201, US

Mission Statement

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national nonprofit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. OAR's mission is to put appied research to work providing answers to questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront every day. OAR accomplishes this by funding research studies designed to investigate treatments, educational approaches, and statistical aspects of the autism community. No other autism organization has this singular focus.


OAR's work addresses those issues that individuals with autism, their families, caregivers, and teachers encounter each day. Wherever possible, OAR makes its information and resources available to parents and educators at no cost. But we need the help of both generous donors and caring volunteers to cintinue this mission. From event hosting and planning, to spreading the word about OAR to the autism community, a broad range of opportunities exist for those who wish to help in this important work.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Special Needs
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Public Speaking
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • Community Outreach


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Volunteers who are under 18 years old must identify a supervisor

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