Lakes Center for Youth & Families (LC4YF) believes that volunteers are a very important part of our programs. Because of this, an application process has been developed for all potential volunteers.
The first step in the application process is for you to download the LC4YF Volunteer Application and return it to Terri Uy-Lennon at
Lakes Center for Youth & Families
20 Lake Street North, Suite 103
Forest Lake, MN 55025
Upon receipt of your application, we will contact your references and then we will contact you to set up an interview. This process will help to ensure that the volunteer placement is a good match for both you and Lakes Center for Youth & Families.
The work that LC4YF volunteers do with children and teenagers is vitally important to the success of our programs. It is also incredibly important for LC4YF to protect the children and teens that we serve. In order for us to continue having volunteers work closely with youth, our insurance company requires that all LC4YF volunteers have a current background check.
If you have any questions about the LC4YF or volunteer opportunities please contact us at 651-464-3685. Thanks again for your interest in helping our community’s kids!!
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Making Connections Mentoring:
This goal-oriented program is designed to provide youth ages 10-17 with an opportunity to build a positive and encouraging relationship with a supportive adult in the community.
Good candidates to become mentors are adults who: can be a positive role model, want to connect with youth in the community, are patient and willing to listen & like to have fun!
Characteristics of youth served are those seeking: additional adult support, improved self esteem, positive reinforcement, someone to look up to, improved academic performance, improved relationships overall and much more!
Mentors meet with their mentee two times per month for a minimum of six months according to a schedule determined by the mentor/mentee.
Enrichment and Leadership Adult Volunteer Opportunities:
Adult volunteers are needed to help with Hidden Heroes, Lock Ins, Youth Advisory Board and more!
Job Readiness Programs:
We offer a variety of “job readiness” programs throughout the year. From a one night educational class, tours behind the scenes at work places, to a multiple session, full curriculum course through Junior Achievement. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate programs and supervise youth.
Community Advocate Volunteer, Community Justice Program:
Serve on a Community Panel and talk with first time offenders about what the juvenile did and how it impacts the victim, the juvenile, and the community. Our main goal through this program is to help the juvenile recognize that their actions can hurt many people and have a high cost to the community. We hope that once adolescents understand this, they will not commit additional crimes. Positions available for adults. Orientation and training provided.
Parent Advocate Volunteer, Community Justice Program:
Facilitate one-hour sessions aimed at helping parents share ideas and support each other during a challenging time for both parents and adolescents. Volunteers will also talk to parents about asset building. By building assets in youth, they are much less likely to participate in high-risk behaviors such as chemical use, violence, and skipping school. Positions available for adults. Orientation and training provided.
Follow Up Specialist Volunteer, Community Justice Program:
From the LC4YF office, make phone calls to youth and their parents to review their status in the Community Justice Program, get them signed up for classes, panels, or community work service. Volunteers will also contact past Community Justice participants to check in with them on how they are doing and offer any additional services as needed. Flexible schedule in afternoons/evenings one or more days per month.
Office Assistant Volunteer:
Organize, copy, collate, prepare mailings, etc. LC4YF staff occasionally needs some extra sets of hands to work with various projects in the office. Positions available for youth and adults. Flexible schedule.
We are looking for someone to donate their time as a graphic arts designer! This position would is on an as needed basis & is a great opportunity for beginners to build up their portfolio or advance users to show the community what you can offer! You would use your skills to help us with formatting our materials such as: Annual Reports, Brochures, Event Flyers, Invitations, and more! Materials can be created in programs that you are comfortable using, like Publisher or InDesign.
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Support LC4YF with a financial contribution!