The Family Strengthening Program encompasses the whole family in building Five Protective Factors that are known to help families thrive. The Protective Factors include social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, social and emotional competencies of children, knowing about concrete support in times of need, and parental resiliency.
The Children’s Education Volunteer supports the Family Strengthening Program on a weekly or biweekly basis, as the volunteer’s schedule permits. The Children’s Education Volunteer ensures that participating children remain safe and secure during class time; while also helping Family Strengthening staff implement individualized education and development curriculum for children. The youth curriculum achieves growth and development goals through constructive play, interactive activity, and reading time.
Must be at least 18 years old
Prior experience with parenting, daycare, school setting, or mentoring preferred
Be able to lead, guide, and mentor an individual child or groups of children
Ability to role-model healthy interactions with staff, volunteers, and families
Participate in 6 hours of training (Includes 1 hour interview, 4 hours classroom, and 1 hours observation/on-the-job training)
Commit to a 2-4 hour shift of programming weekly or bi-weekly as your schedule allows
Make a minimum commitment of 6 months to the Family Strengthening Program
Able to lift at least 20 lbs. (Accommodations can be made if needed)
Able to pass Idaho State Police background check (inclusive of National Sex Offender Registry and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Registry check)
Follow Family Strengthening policies and procedures to create a safe, nurturing environment for participating children
Help the Adult and Youth Facilitator carry out weekly activities of the Program
Have positive and active interaction with participants
Sanitize and clean program areas before and after activities
Maintain required confidentiality and appropriate boundaries
OTHER FAMILY STRENGTHENING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Guest Teacher in Adult Program (Contact Adult Facilitator for details)
Resource Room Assistance
Meal set up
Dates and times change as well but you will be notified well in advance.
"Family Advocates works to strengthen families and keep kids safe by empowering everyday people to enrich the lives of youth." We are a private, independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency founded in 1978 and serve the fourth district of Idaho. This year, Family Advocates will provide a voice in court for over 1,100 children while providing family strengthening supports to nearly 1,200 additional family members. Our reach would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers.
Family Advocates trains and deploys over 500 volunteers each year to fulfill the demand of our child abuse and neglect prevention & intervention efforts throughout the 4th Judicial District of Idaho. Our CASA volunteers show us bravery by investigating child abuse, neglect, and abandonment and then advocating for those children in court to make sure the child’s voice is heard. Our Family Strengthening volunteers show us bravery by working with families to create strong networks and healthy habits through classes, activities, and more. Please visit our website for details about each program!