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Volunteer Child Advocate Training

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ORGANIZATION: The Young Center For Immigrant Childrens Rights

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. The Young Center provides Volunteer Child Advocates (guardians ad litem) for trafficking victims and unaccompanied immigrant children. These advocates are adults who volunteer to spend time with, and advocate on behalf of, an individual unaccompanied immigrant child while he or she is in federal custody and subject to immigration proceedings. Volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities, and social backgrounds are welcome to become Child Advocates.

Once assigned to an individual child, each Advocate receives continued training, support, and supervision from the Young Center. Currently, our NY office is in need of bilingual volunteers who are available to conduct in person weekly visits for one hour as a Child Advocate.

Volunteer requirements:

  • Must be 21+ years of age.
  • Must be fluent or highly proficient in Spanish, Mam, K'iche', Kekchi, or Chuj.
  • Must be able to travel to at least one of the facilities served by the Young Center in Westchester County, Harlem, and the Bronx.
  • Must attend a two-day in person training in February 2023.
  • Must be able to clear a federal and state background check.
  • Must provide proof of a negative tuberculosis test within the past 12 months to enter a detention facility.
  • Must be willing to commit approximately one hour per week to visit with an unaccompanied child.

Child Advocate Training Dates

  • February 11 & 12 th - In Person Training
  • Event Location - TBD
  • Times - TBD

Virtual Info Session Dates

  • Dec. 13 at 6pm
  • Jan. 12 at 12pm
  • Jan. 18 at 6pm

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About The Young Center For Immigrant Childrens Rights


100 Church Street, New York, NY 10007, 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
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community


Wed Dec 07, 2022 - Sun Feb 12, 2023


Multiple locations New York, NY 10007



  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy
  • Immigration Law
  • Community Outreach




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week for 12 months

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