Join the PYAP Team!
Become a Volunteer
How to get started Volunteering
To get started, you’ll need to complete the volunteer registration form. Once your form is submitted, the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you. All Volunteers must complete an expanded background check through Safe Hiring Solutions. Once the background check is cleared, Volunteers will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator or the Program Director.
Become a Tutor
A child’s grades can have a huge impact on how they will succeed in life. Getting homework turned in and understanding basic subjects can completely change a child’s future. PYAP helps all students with learning assistance, if needed. If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor, there are a few different ways you can help; PYAP can match you will an individual student or you can assist in a group setting.
Help as a Driver Assistant
When transportation is needed or PYAP offers transportation to a community event or gathering, PYAP is provided transportation from various churches in our community. The church offers drivers and PYAP has volunteer assistants. This always allows for two adults with our kids in transit. Typically, this volunteer position is scheduled prior to an event and the hours vary. Dates and times vary. The event could be a few hours long to a full day activity.
Currently, there are PYAP families that are receiving meal deliveries from Gift Kindness. This volunteer position is approximately 2 hours on a Friday morning. Meal Delivery picks up boxes at Gift Kindness in Camby with addresses for delivery. Once you get to your address, you place the box at their door and send a txt to let the family know that Gift Kindness has been delivered. This position does require some lifting, walking, and climbing stairs. This Volunteer position would also be perfect way for couples to get involved!
Be a Mentor
Mentoring is about trust, genuineness, security, growth, and friendship. Mentoring is a shared relationship between an adult and a child that adds to and strengthens development. Mentoring provides relational and social opportunities not otherwise available to the youth. It’s about being connected and belonging. PYAP believes that every youth deserves to have a positive role model which he or she can trust.
What’s involved with mentoring?
Plainfield Youth Assistance Program partners a caring adult with a youth who needs a mentor. After mentors attend an orientation and training session, the Mentors are matched with a youth. The mentor and youth start by attending 6-weeks of structured mentoring in a group setting. During this time, the group is provided activities and lessons to help the Mentor and youth get to know each other, work towards developing a better relationship, and help the youth start to better understand themselves. After the 6-week structured mentoring, the Mentor and youth can meet at a PYAP scheduled activity, event, gathering or they can meet in the community.
As a mentor, you will be asked to make a one-year commitment to spending at least one hour, one time per week with the youth while you serve as a positive role model. You will not be expected to spend large sums of money. The time spent together is the most valuable to the youth.