The YMCA of Greater Seattle is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading nonprofit organizations strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Founded in 1876, the mission of the Y is to build a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. Our Kids Corner needs service-learners with enthusiasm and a love for kids! Kids Corner is a unique free service offered to members, so they have a the opportunity to exercise while knowing their child is being cared for in a fun and safe environment.
As a Kids Corner assistant, service-learners will be expected to engage with children from 3 months to 10 years old. This may include reading books, creating crafts, the occasional tea party, a competitive game of basketball, rocking a baby to sleep, or a rousing game of Connect Four. In addition to playing with the kids, we also expect service-learners to supervise the group for safety issues, to help redirect children that may be having behavioral challenges, and greeting parents/members in a positive way.You will be given materials on child development including stages of age appropriate development and appropriate activities to foster growth. As well as advice on dealing with/avoiding behavioral problems before they even begin. If you have any interest in working with children in any capacity this is a great learning experience as it is a casual play-centered environment with a large age-range of youth.
As a non-profit and more specifically with Kids Corner being a free service, we are frequently understaffed. We depend on the helping hands of volunteers to provide the best attention and care for the children in our programs. Having service-learners with creativity and enthusiasm for kids will dramatically enhance our programs and our ability to offer the service to more people without turning members away.
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Must be 18 years old
Background check required
Other paperwork: Volunteer Application and 2 Reference Forms
Experience working with infants and young children is recommended but not necessary
Creativity, enthusiasm, and playfulness
Reliable and responsible (showing up on time)
Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Yes, students will choose times within the time slots above
Students will choose one or two days a week to come in at a regularly scheduled 2-3 hour shift.
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Immediately after registering for this position, please e-mail me to set-up a time for your orientation and to receive a volunteer application and 2 blank reference forms. This paperwork is expected to be brought in completed to orientation. At orientation one will need a valid photo ID in order to complete the background check.
*Orientation must take place within the first two weeks of the quarter.
Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center
University of Washington
Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity
171 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352803
Seattle, WA 98195-2803