Virtual and In person-Volunteer Opportunity to Support Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Custody

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ORGANIZATION: Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights


The Young Center trains volunteers to act as Volunteer Child Advocates for detained unaccompanied immigrant children. Volunteers meet regularly with a child in detention to form a connection and get to know their story. Volunteers also collaborate with attorneys and social workers from Young Center to determine the best interests of the children and to advocate for those interests. No legal or social work experience is required, just a heart to support children during a vulnerable period in their lives. Child advocate visits may be in person or virtual depending on the location of the shelter where the child is detained and the proximity to the volunteer. Our Los Angeles offices serves as Child Advocates for children located across California, Washington state and Oregon.

To become a volunteer, you must:

  • Live in California, Oregon or Washington
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Complete an online application.
  • Complete a virtual interview.
  • Be willing to submit a background check and child abuse/neglect registry check.
  • Attend our next two day in person training on August 23rd and 24th (will take place in person in the Los Angeles area)
  • Be able to meet with children in- person in person at a local shelter and/or virtually.
    • YC will consider appointments based on location of volunteer in proximity to shelter)
  • Be able to commit to serving as a Volunteer Child Advocate for at least 12 months.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency.
  • Fill out Interest Form here:

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About Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights


234 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 515, Pasadena, CA 91101, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is to promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes. 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 court 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.


The Young Center provides Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children in federal custody. Our model works with volunteer Child Advocates who participate in a Young Center training, meet with a child on a weekly basis, and learn the child’s story, all supervised and supported by Young Center staff.


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


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Multiple locations Pasadena, CA 91101



  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Immigration Law
  • Bilingual
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Spanish


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Attend two day in person Volunteer Child Advocate training + 1-2 hours per week when you are assigned to a case (1 hour meeting + 1 hour for prep, supervisor check-ins and writing of notes). Next training is 8/24-8/25, 2024 in Los Angeles.
  • High- needs languages include Spanish; any Mayan based indigenous language; Dari (Afghan); Pashto (Afghan); Portuguese; Hausa and Twi. Also, many children we serve are of Muslim faith and many identify as LGBTQIA+.

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