Volunteer Child Advocate with Unaccompanied Immigrant Children (Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley)



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


United States


Who are we? The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. The Young Center provides volunteer Child Advocates (guardians ad litem) for trafficking victims and unaccompanied immigrant children. We serve children from our Chicago, Harlingen, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Virginia offices.

Who are our Child Advocates? Our Child Advocates are adults who volunteer to spend time with and advocate on behalf of an individual unaccompanied immigrant child while he or she is in federal custody and subject to immigration proceedings. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds.

How can I become a Child Advocate? Before being assigned, Advocates must apply to attend a two-day training session. New volunteers must be 21 years old, have their own transportation, undergo a federal and state background check, and be willing to commit approximately one hour per week to visit with an unaccompanied child. Once assigned to an individual child, each Advocate receives continuing training, support, and supervision from the Young Center.

The Young Center is currently recruiting new Child Advocates in and around Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley.


  • Training Provided

How To Apply


Interested individuals should email Taryn Kitchen at tkitchen@theyoungcenter.org for information on applying to become a volunteer Child Advocate.