Stetson University

Student Resources and Services

Youth Development and Empowerment

Issue Based Site leader: Katie Cabral

What is Youth Development and Empowerment?

The job of youth development professionals is to provide opportunities for young people to develop the competencies they need to become successful contributing members of their communities. As volunteers you will be able to directly impact the youth and be a positive influence in their life that will help direct them towards opportunities for success in various program outlets targeted to engage their interests and foster learning in various youth environments.

Facts

  • All of the students at the Boys and Girls Club of Springhill pay for their school lunch with food stamps
  • Of surveyed Volusia County students, 12.7% reported getting suspended, 13.1% reported attacking someone with intent to harm, and 13.9% reported being drunk or high at school.

Where you can get Involved

  • 4-H Cooperative Extension
  • Children's Home Society
  • Chisholm Center
  • Police Athletic League
  • YMCA of Volusia-FLagler Counties
  • Young Life of West Volusia
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • C.A.U.S.E.
  • Kilometer Kids

4-H Cooperative Extension

Mission

Education and Youth Development

Types of Volunteer Activities

Judging various events, office work, teaching workshops, service projects, chaperoning trips.

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Any

Who to Contact

Laura Cash
Phone Number: 386-822-5778
Email Address: lcash@co.volusia.fl.us

 

Children's Home Society

Mission

"Embracing Children. Inspiring Lives."

Types of Volunteer Activities

Tutoring, mentoring, Harmony House

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Any

Who to Contact

Shirley Jeter
Phone Number: 386-304-7600
Email address: shirley.jeter@chsfl.org

 

Chisholm Center

Mission

To serve our community by making sure our kids get the best help they can in a safe environment.

Types of Volunteer Activities

Tutoring - after-school program (elementary-high school) - reading and math

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Any

Who to Contact

Veronica Watson
Phone Number: 386-740-6825
Email Address: watsonv@deland.org

 

Police Athletic League

Mission

We provide young people with positive role models, help them build self-esteem and give them a safe place for activities.

Types of Volunteer Activities

Coaching Sports

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Education, Sociology, Spanish

Who to Contact

Lt. Bobby Lambert
Phone Number:386-943-7866
Email address: blambert@so.co.volusia.fl.us

 

YMCA of Volusia-Flagler Counties

Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy Spirit, Mind, and Body for all.

Types of Volunteer Activities

Coaching sports teams, fundraising campaigns, after-school childcare.

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Education, Business - Marketing, Management, Integrative Health Sciences, Communications

Who to Contact

Kristin Drollinger
Phone Number: 386-736-6000
Email address: kdrollinger@vfymca.org

 

Young Life of West Volusia

Mission

To build lasting relationships with at-risk youth through one-on-one mentorship and group activities.

Types of Volunteer Activities

Contact work - going to school events, sporting events, lunch periods, and socializing with the high schoolers.

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Any, Sociology, Psychology

Who to Contact

Aaron Underwood
Phone Number: 386-734-2621
Email address: volusiayounglife@gmail.com

 

Boys and Girls Club

Mission

To enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their fullest potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens and leaders.

Types of Volunteer Activities

Tutoring

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Education

Who to Contact

Ms. Althea Chavers
Phone Number: 386-736-8807
Email address: altheacl2@cfl.rr.com

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mission

To work with at-risk children by creating one-on-one relationships between adult role models and children.

Types of Volunteer Activities

Developing a relationship with the child, be a "buddy" for them - requires having time - looking for students to build the school-based program.

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Social Work/Social Sciences, Education, English

Who to Contact

Susan Hartley
Phone Number: 386-956-3287
Email address: shartley@bbbsnefl.org

 

C.A.U.S.E

Mission

To empower and provide structured afternoon activities for high school students at the Boys and Girls Club at Springhill.

Types of Volunteer Activities

mentoring, participated in different "themed" days, outreach

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Any

Who to Contact

Erin Schroeder
Phone Number: 601-273-2167
Email Address: eschroed@stetson.edu

 

Kilometer Kids

Mission

To teach discipline and structure to young children, ages 7-12, through a running program, as well as to educate on the importance of being healthy and physically active. Volunteers work with the Boys and Girls Club to create daily running activities from 4-6 pm, twice a week.

Types of Volunteer Activities

coaches, activity leaders

People within these fields of study and academic areas would be interested in this organization

Any, health sciences, education

Who to Contact

Erin Schroeder
Phone Number: 601-273-2167
Email Address: eschroed@stetson.edu

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