Youth - Service Learning Opportunities

 Compass Center for Women and Families Compass Center for Women and Families
210 Henderson Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Connie Carringer - Support Group Coordinator
Ongoing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00pm -7:30pm and Saturdays 2-4pm. Compass Center is a local non-profit that serves Orange and surrounding counties. Our programs include financial education, career services, legal information, teen empowerment, and domestic violence services. We offer a variety of support groups around issues of domestic violence, divorce and separation, self-esteem and children's coping skills. Childcare is a very big need for our agency. Many of our clients would not be able to access our support groups without our free childcare service. Childcare volunteers work in a dedicated childcare space with all kinds of age-appropriate toys, tv/dvd player, and lots of books and games. Childcare volunteers are encouraged to provide safe, healthy play-time with kids of all ages and are welcome to bring age-appropriate crafts or games to share. Prospective volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application, interview and training and should be willing to make a 6 month commitment to at least 2 volunteer shifts a month.
 4-H Orange County 4-H Program
306-E Revere Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Sheronda Witter
4-H is a national youth organization that stands for "head, heart, hands and health".4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their workplace, community and the world. In a safe and enriching environment, 4-H brings youth and adults together to learn everyday skills with hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon their community. 4-H helps youth: meet the diverse challenges of today’s world… build self-confidence… learn responsibility… make positive decisions… Orange County 4-H is looking to recruit high school youth to be a part of the “Revolution of Responsibility”. What are you passionate about? What problems and issues exist in your school, neighborhood or greater community? Want to be a change agent by digging deeper into the issue to determine a solution??? Check out this YouTube video of other high school students in Wake County who decided to be agents of positive change in their community for ideas…. Please contact Ms.Witter if you are interested! Visit the NC 4-H website:
 Partnership for Young Children Growing Healthy Kids Community Garden
Orange County Partnership for Young Children
1120 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro at the MLK Jr. Park
Maria Hitt - Garden Manager
The Growing Healthy Kids Community Garden provides space, supplies and garden education for families with young children to grow their own food. We serve 27 families, some are Spanish speaking or Karen refugees from Burma. We have English speaking families too. Children range in age from babies to pre-teens. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in the garden with planting, weeding and maintenance. Volunteers are also needed to help with children's programs and activities during workdays. Come enjoy the sunshine and practice your Spanish (or Karen) too. High School student volunteers can join our regular workdays. For the spring 2014 season they will be Sunday afternoons from 4-6 PM. Please contact Maria Hitt for more details.
 Kidzu Kidzu Children's Museum
201 S. Estes Drive
University Place
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Landis Lee
Kidzu inspires children and adults through creative play. Kidzu's New Launch Pad location is geared to children infant to tween with innovative exhibits and programs focused on child health and wellness, art education, STEM and early learning. Volunteers help with STEM classes, arts & crafts programs, special events, and to help on our exhibit floor playing with visiting children and keeping the museum safe.
 Kramden Institute Kramden Institute
4915 Prospectus Drive, Suite J
Durham, NC 27713
Cari DelMariani
We are a not-for-profit organization serving hardworking, disadvantaged students in North Carolina who do not have a working computer in their home. Computers are refurbished by teams of volunteers and then awarded to students who have been nominated by a school representative. Join us for our weekly computer work night, every Wednesday evening from 5-9 PM at our office in Durham. In addition, Kramden offers refurbishing and computer award events monthly (usually the third Saturday of the month). Please contact Cari DelMariani to sign up and visit our website, to learn about other volunteer opportunities and events.
 Morehead Planetarium Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Jonathan Barnes
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center recruits high school students who are entering grade level 10, 11 or 12 to serve as assistants to summer camp counselors. These students complete counselor orientation and training and they must be available for at least two weeks during the summer. Volunteer applications are available in late February and early March.
 Museum of Life and Science Museum of Life and Science
433 Murry Avenue
Durham, NC 27704
Maureen Satterwhite - Volunteer Coordinator
(919)220-5429 ext. 379.
The Museum of Life and Science recruits high school students to work as volunteer camp counselors (summer). Volunteers work 1-2 weeks earning a minimum of 35 hours per week. Duties include supporting the educator and assistant with the curriculum (managing materials, assisting campers with projects, interacting with campers during free times, etc.) and classroom management.
  North Carolina Botanical Garden North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Elisha Taylor - Youth & Family Education Manager
The North Carolina Botanical Garden welcomes teen volunteers to serve as Counselors-in-Training (CIT) with our Nature Explorers Summer Camp. Camps are designed to connect children (ages 4-10) with the plants, animals, and habitats of North Carolina through discovery-based learning and fun. CITs work alongside Garden Educators to engage and supervise campers in hands-on activities and outdoor exploration, group games, stories, puppet shows, and arts/crafts, as well assist with setup, cleanup, and after care. Applicants must be in rising grades 9-12 (or 15 years old) and available to assist with at least 2 weeks of camp, earning 20-40 hours per week. Successful candidates should enjoy working with kids and being outdoors, have an interest in nature/science, excellent communication skills, and be enthusiastic, reliable, and professional. CITs participate in a mandatory training in early June. Applications available online:
 Orange County Teen Court Orange County Teen Court
106 East Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Kate Giduz- Teen Court Coordinator
Trained student volunteers take on the roles of attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors for actual misdemeanor crimes committed by first-time teen offenders. As in traditional court, an adult judge presides over the proceedings, student attorneys present the facts of the case to the court, and the peer jury is responsible for rendering a constructive sentence that benefits the defendant and the community. Court sessions usually occur every other Monday night from around 6:30-8:45. Located at the Historic Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough. Call ahead for opportunities.
Orientation session required. For information go to
 Swim for Smiles Swim for Smiles
Gary Kayye
The Swim for Smiles Foundation is a Chapel Hill-based charity that raises money for the N.C. Children's Hospital through swim-oriented athletic events such as triathlons and swim-a-thons. Our mantra is Kids Helping Kids. We are always in need of volunteers at our events and in the planning of our events to do things such as public relations, planning, race-day volunteering and web-site design. If you are interested in volunteering race-day, go to: However, if you are interested in volunteering for public relations or other activities, contact Gary Kayye at
 Teaming for Technology Teaming for Technology (T4T)– United Way – SUMMER OPPORTUNITY
5151 McCrimmon Parkway, Suite 225
Morrisville, NC 27560
Al Reynolds - Program Operations Coordinator
Do you have a love for helping others? Do you love to volunteer? If so we love you! Combine your powers and come rebuild some older computers with us to make a difference in your community. Your hard work will benefit the schools and nonprofits you live in and leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling inside that's called happiness! When you volunteer, you'll get to do the following: - Use the super-duper, nifty-difty Omniclone 5XI to load software on computers & test them to make sure they work - Chill outside where you get to blast the dust and dirt out from inside a computer using the Air Blaster 9000. Then make 'em all shiny and new with a little wipe down - Bang out the crumbs and put a little elbow grease into scrubbing the funk off keyboards - Make a dirty mouse squeaky clean using a scrub brush and a good ole' fashion rag - Simply help give computers out to others in need - Help us organize our workspace - Learn who your hard work benefits! Every Friday we do our best to have one of the recipients of your hard work inspire you and make you feel good about what you are doing. Thanks everyone and we hope to see you at one of our Hardware Partees!!! Call Al Reynolds if you have questions, or to let us know you want to volunteer but just can't make it on Friday: (919)463-5031. Peace, love, happiness, and good karma! The T4T Team.
 The Walking Classroom The Walking Classroom Institute
1414 Raleigh Road, Suite 295
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Debra Ives - Business Director
The Walking Classroom is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that offers an award winning elementary school program which allows students to engage in much needed physical activity without sacrificing instructional time. The basic premise is that students all listen to the same educational podcast on a simple audio device while walking as a group during the regular school day. The Walking Classroom addresses concerns about childhood obesity, lack of physical activity, and teachers’ ability to implement different learning methods to improve academic performance for all students. Research indicates there is a direct correlation between physical activity and cognitive function, and feedback from teachers and students using the program is very positive. Because the content complies with the new Common Core State Standards, the program is easily scalable across the US. Over 400 classrooms in 45 states have implemented theWalking Classroom so far. Revenues are generated via direct sales to schools, corporate underwriting of classroom sets, and corporation and foundation grants. Our mission is to get the program into as many schools as possible, especially those that are low-income and struggling academically. We are headquartered in Chapel Hill. Please go to for more information, recent awards, and news stories. Volunteer Tasks - We could use help with a variety of administrative tasks in the office, but we are primarily interested in help with three initiatives: 1) Do online research to add to our growing list of teachers, principals and school contacts -- We currently have a database of e-mails that totals about 17,000 and we would like to double that gain again this year. We would provide very clear guidance on just what school districts we are interested in. Some brief on-site training would be required to get the student up to speed as to just what information we want to capture. 2) Data Entry of Student Survey Responses and Evaluation of Results– We are collecting end-of-school year surveys from up to 25 classrooms of 4th students. We need someone who can enter all the data into an XL spreadsheet . We also need to gather additional information about the schools and teachers (from, and Survey Monkey, both of which we use in our office) to add to the data base. Our objective is to be able to analyze the responses in relation to the Teacher survey responses, and in relation to the school profile. Knowledge of XL spreadsheet is required. 3) We will need help with student surveys during the early summer. We will be getting surveys from about 200 classrooms of 4th and 5th grade students.
 Welcome Baby Welcome Baby Family Resource Center
721 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
Deborah Waterman - Welcome Baby’s Office Manager
Welcome Baby provides practical, educational and emotional support to parents and caregivers of young children. All services are provided free of charge and conducted in English and Spanish for residents of Durham County who have children 0 - 5 years of age. Child care helpers are needed at the Center to engage children in reading and play activities while their parents attend classes, programs and workshops. Volunteers need to be able to commit to a semester of volunteering (same time each week for approximately 3 hours each time). Parenting classes last from 8 to 14 weeks. Volunteers need to be at least 15 years old. Please contact the Center for more information.
 YMCA Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA
980 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Whitney Kahn - Associate Branch Director of Membership and Meadowmont
Patsy Holmes – Accounts Manager
The mission of our Y is: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities. Application and orientation required for start. Volunteer application and criminal background forms. Note - students do not receive service learning credit for assisting the YMCA swim team.
 Youth Community Project Youth Community Project
115 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Abby Hylton
The Youth Community Project needs motivated students who are interested in serving on the advisory board to establish a Teen Café and Cultural Center in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. Interested students may serve on the planning and development board, or they may elect to serve on a committee. Duties range from coordinating artistic events to participating in board meetings and creating presentations. If you would like to work with other youth and adult community leaders to see this project through to fruition, please contact Ms. Hylton about upcoming opportunities!
 Town of Chapel Hill Youth Council - Town of Chapel Hill
Samathryn Witham -
Attention Students in Grades 9 - 12! We’re recruiting new members! Do you have big ideas and passion for change? Join the Chapel Hill Youth Council! Town of Chapel Hill Youth Council will: 1) Provide an opportunity to share in local government matters by serving as a Youth Liaison to Town of Chapel Hill Volunteer Boards and Commissions. 2) Offer regular service learning and volunteer opportunities that benefit youth and the larger community. 3) Provide leadership for continuing efforts around the Chapel Hill Youth Initiative, including input on Teen Center programs and operations, Teen Week, and other program offerings. 4) Work collaboratively with other youth-led and youth-serving organizations to elevate the needs and experiences of young people in Chapel Hill. Additionally, our Council is a chartered member of the State Youth Council, which provides an opportunity for teens to serve as leaders (president, secretary, etc.) on state boards (State Youth Council, Youth Legislative Assembly, Youth Advocacy Board, etc.). We are looking for broad representation of local youth interests. Members of the Council will represent all area high schools equally (Chapel Hill High, East Chapel Hill High, Carrboro High, Phoenix Academy and/or students that are home schooled or enrolled in private or chartered schools). Meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6-7:30 pm at the Street Scene Teen Center. We will aim for one or more service learning/ volunteer opportunities per month, as decided by the Council. For more information contact our Administrative office, (919)968-2784 or visit