Helping is Empathy in Action
StandUp for Kids is almost totally run by volunteers. Not only does that make us unique and strong, but we understand the importance of your time and will make you feel like a valued part of our community. We are very much in need of your time and talent.

A menu of options

  • If you live in a city where we operate, you might have what it takes to serve youth directly, or behind the scenes. Read below for more details.
  • The right people can also serve on a local advisory council or on our national board.
  • If you live in a city where we do not operate, you can consider starting your own program. 
  • If you want to volunteer or intern at the national program support office in Decatur, Georgia, contact us now for up-to-date opportunities.


Direct service as a counselor

Once you work with youth in our programs, your life will never be the same. Volunteering is not only rewarding to you, it can save a kid’s life. If you want to get involved in street outreach, outreach center programming, mentoring, and housing support (opportunites vary by location), StandUp for Kids provides 8  hours of classroom and online training to give you the tools to reach out and make a difference, effectively and safely.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, consent to a criminal background investigation (which has a small processing fee), complete a liability waiver, provide a signature to accept certain policies, and provide three character references. 

Be sure to get information about our local programs’ specific volunteer needs and processes for getting involved. Or, if you prefer, complete a short application and receive a follow-up from a local program.

Behind the scenes

For volunteers who want to work strictly “behind the scenes,” StandUp for Kids volunteers fill many different roles

– from volunteer management to community partnership development, to supply management, to fundraising, to office administration, and many roles in between.

A background check may or may not be required. Volunteers who are between 16-18 years of age may serve only with signed parental consent. 

Reach out to a local program for their specific volunteer needs and steps to get involved. Or you may complete a short application and receive a follow-up from a local program.