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Child Advocate for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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The Young Center

  • 6 people are interested

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights trains volunteers to serve as Advocates for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in immigration detention across the Houston area, Baytown, Channelview, Victoria, Conroe, and Manvel. The role of the Child Advocate is to meet with a child on a weekly basis, accompany the child throughout their legal journey, learn the child's story over time, and work with the Young Center to advocate for that child's best interests.

To become a Child Advocate, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Participate in a two-day virtual training (January 29 and 30, 2022)
  • Be fluent or highly proficient in at least one other language especially: Spanish and/or an Indigenous Central American language (Quiché, Mam, Q’qechi, or K'iche')
  • Pass a background check and child abuse/neglect central registry check

If you are interested in volunteering with the Young Center, please fill out an application on our website: https://www.theyoungcenter.org/volunteer-at-the-young-center

For questions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Del Castillo at adelcastillo@theyoungcenter.org

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About The Young Center


1303 San Jacinto Street, 11th Floor, Houston, TX 77002, US

Mission Statement

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights protects and advances the rights and best interests of immigrant children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.


The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

Young Center attorneys and social workers, along with bilingual volunteers, are appointed as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem) by the Department of Health and Human Services. Our role is to 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.

Our goal is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children, and best interests are made a part of the decision making process.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees


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Multiple locations Clearwater, FL 33760



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




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 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, be at le

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