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Volunteer Child Advocate

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is currently recruiting volunteer Child Advocates in Long Island, NY and Westchester, NY. A Child Advocate is an adult who volunteers to spend time with, and advocate on behalf of, an unaccompanied or separated immigrant child while he or she is subject to immigration/deportation proceedings. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds. Advocates must be at least 21 years old. Per federal policy, a background check and tuberculosis screening will be required before beginning on a case. Spanish speakers are strongly preferred.


Before being assigned, Advocates are required to complete a two-day training session on child development, communicating with children, and U.S. immigration law and issues facing unaccompanied immigrant children. Once assigned to an individual child, each Advocate receives continuous training, support, and supervision from the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

*Our next two-day training will take place online (via Zoom) on April 10th and 11th*

As a Child Advocate, you commit to:

-Visit with the child once a week during the duration of their shelter/facility stay. (Per COVID-19 restrictions, all “visits” are being conducted through video conference until further notice.)

- Help the child think through options and decisions.

- Conduct research on the child’s situation in his or her home country.

- Help our staff draft written reports regarding the child’s best interest.

- Maintain close communication with Young Center staff and the child’s Case Manager at the shelter to schedule visits.

- Advocate for the best interest of the child.


If you are interested, please contact New York Volunteer Coordinator Michaela Burger at mburger@theyoungcenter.org or at (646) 978-0888.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is currently recruiting volunteer Child Advocates in Long Island, NY and Westchester, NY. A Child Advocate is an adult who volunteers to spend time with, and advocate on behalf of, an…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    April 10, 2021
    10:00 AM EDT
    2:00 PM UTC
  • End Date
    April 11, 2021
    2:00 PM EDT
    6:00 PM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per month
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Training Provided
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Westchester County, NY
Associated Location
Westchester County, NY, USA

How to Apply

If you are interested in attending the upcoming volunteer Child Advocate training in New York, please email Michaela Burger at mburger@theyoungcenter.org.

If you are interested in attending the upcoming volunteer Child Advocate training in New York, please email Michaela Burger at mburger@theyoungcenter.org.

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