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Become a Volunteer Child Advocate for an Unaccompanied Immigrant Child

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ORGANIZATION: The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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About Us:
The Young Center advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied or separated minors fleeing their countries due to violence, trafficking, abuse, and extreme poverty. We train volunteers to advocate on behalf of these vulnerable children during deportation proceedings.

What You'll Do:
As a Young Center volunteer Child Advocate, you'll meet with an unaccompanied immigrant child in government custody for one hour each week. Volunteers engage with the child, learn their story, provide companionship, play, and assist in advocating for their best interests alongside Young Center social workers and attorneys.

Where:
We're seeking volunteers in or willing to travel to any of the following areas including Downtown, Midtown, Sunnyside, Aldine, Southwest Houston, Baytown, Channelview, Manvel, Katy, Wallis, Eagle Lake, or Victoria, TX on a weekly basis.

Application Details:
Application review is ongoing, so early submissions are encouraged! Upcoming trainings are scheduled for June and August. Legal or social work experience is not required.

To Apply:
Visit theyoungcenter.org/volunteer to fill out the application or join an information session through Mobilize: https://www.mobilize.us/theyoungcenter/

Questions?
Email volunteer@theyoungcenter.org for more information.

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About The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

Location:

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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Houston, TX 77003

(29.75361,-95.34424)
 

SKILLS

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

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour a week meeting with the child + commute to the shelter + 10-15 minutes to write notes after the visit.
  • Bilingual, proof of COVID -19 vaccine

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