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Volunteer as a trained Child Advocate for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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ORGANIZATION: The Young Center

  • 62 people are interested

The Young Center advocates for the best interest of unaccompanied or separated minors who are fleeing their country due to violence, trafficking, abuse, and extreme poverty. We train volunteers to advocate on behalf of a child while he or she is subject to deportation proceedings.

Volunteer Child Advocates meet with a child in government custody once a week, learn their story, and advocate for their best interest alongside Young Center attorneys and social workers.

We need volunteers in the Houston area, Baytown, Channelview, North Houston, and Manvel, TX.

To become a Child Advocate, you must:

  • Attend our two-day volunteer Child Advocate training happening on April 29th and 30th.
  • Volunteers must be at least 21 years old
  • Willing to undergo a health (tuberculosis test) and background check
  • Bilingual in Spanish, any Central American language, Sign Language, Creole, French, Portuguese, Turkish, Farsi, or Dari is a plus!

If you are interested in volunteering with the Young Center, please fill out an application on our website:

For questions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Del Castillo at

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About The Young Center


Houston, Houston, TX 77007, US

Mission Statement

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is a champion for the best interests of unaccompanied minors who are fleeing their country due to violence, trafficking, abuse, and extreme poverty. We serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings and stand for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child. Our goal is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children, and their best interests are made a part of the decision-making process.


Young Center attorneys and social workers, along with volunteers, are appointed as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem) by the Department of Health and Human Services. Volunteers meet with the child once a week and learn their story to help us advocate for their best interests-from custody and release to the ultimate decision about whether the child will be allowed to remain in the U.S. Our goal is to change both immigration policy and practice so that immigrant children are recognized first as children and their best interests are considered in every decision.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Houston, TX 77007



  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Child Advocacy
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once training and clearances are complete, the time commitment would be about 1-3 hours a week.
  • Background Check Must be at least 21 Orientation or Training 1-2 hours a week and commit to volunteer with us for at least 12 months Must complete a Volunteer Application, participate in both days of training, pass two background checks

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