The following opportunities are available for caring adults, ages 21 and over.

Safe Place Responder: Safe Place Responders pick up youth (ages 12-17) who seek assistance at a Safe Place site (e.g. QuikTrip) and transport them to YST’s Adolescent Emergency Shelter. Training is provided. We work around your schedule.

Coffee House Assistant: Help chaperone our Saturday evening Coffee House for teens. Coffee House is a performance and entertainment venue for youth in middle school and high school. It’s open from 7-11 PM every Saturday, except major holidays. Serve coffee and snacks, interact with youth (play games, lead activities, etc.), and assist with setup/cleanup. Flexible scheduling available.

Special Events Assistant: Lend a hand at fundraisers, community outreach activities, and other events. Special Events Assistants provide a wide range of support including registration, greeting guests, selling raffle tickets, and more! We also rely on these energetic volunteers to support our annual holiday program – Gifts of Hope.


Click the link below to complete our Individual Volunteer Interest Form.



YST relies upon groups of dedicated people to complete a wide variety of projects vital to the operation of our agency. These groups come from businesses, civic clubs, churches, and other social groups who understand the importance of maintaining a safe and beautiful space for young people in crisis to receive services.

 The following group projects are available by appointment during operating hours, Monday-Friday. Evening and weekend projects are not available. Please provide a minimum of two weeks’ advance notice for scheduling.

 Organize a Collection Drive: Host a drive to collect essential items for homeless teens and transition-age youth. Items may include socks and underwear, hygiene products, or cleaning supplies and household goods for recently-housed youth.

 Street Outreach: Process and organize donated clothing and shoes. Separate items that are not age-appropriate or in poor condition. Size and hang quality clothing for homeless youth to access while dropping in for services. 9:00-11:00 AM only. Perfect for pairs and small groups of no more than six volunteers.

 Campus Beautification - Outdoors: Pull weeds, lay mulch, trim hedges, and tend to vegetable gardens. Power-wash sidewalks.

 Campus Beautification – Indoors: Clean windows, dust blinds and windowsills, and sanitize hard surfaces. Sweep and mop hard floors. Clean sinks and fixtures in the Youth Activity Center (Coffee House).

 Wash and Detail Vans and Buses – Wash and vacuum vans and buses used to transport runaway and homeless youth. Clean windows and interiors.

 Do you have an idea you didn’t see on this list? Call us! Other projects may be available as needs change.

 Click the link below to complete our Group Volunteer Interest Form.