Volunteering at YSS
Volunteers are special individuals who give without asking anything in return. Please consider sharing your time and talents to help youth in your community.
- Kids Club Afterschool Assistants
- Street Outreach Workers
- Mentors matched 1 on 1
- Van drivers
- Arts and recreation activities
- Supervise youth in group homes and shelters
- Reggie's Sleepout
- Child care
- Special event planning
- Service learning
- Group volunteering
- Community service
Other Ways To Help
- Donate Goods and Food
- Make a Monetary Donation
- Request a Speaker for a Program
- Hold a Fundraising Event to Benefit YSS
YSS is happy to assist students at all levels of education with opportunities to learn about the various programs and career opportunities with in the organization. Internships, Practicums and Service Learning opportunities are available in almost every program.
Please indicate the nature of your volunteer experience on your volunteer application. A link to the application is provided below.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities for large and small groups on an ongoing basis or as a day of service can be arranged.
Some positions can qualify for community service hours. Please ask the Volunteer Coordinator for more information about this program.
How To Apply
Please download and complete the application.
Volunteer Coordinators are located at the Jacobson Youth and Family Center, at 420 Kellogg Avenue in Ames or at the IHYC, Buchanan Center, at 1219 Buchanan Street in Des Moines.
Special Event and Ongoing Opportunities
For a listing of ongoing volunteer opportunities please visit
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Jennings, at RJennings@yss.ames.ia.us or
(515) 232-4332 ext. 4451 for questions/ information on volunteering/ internships.
For Des Moines volunteer opportunities, please contact Emma Christianson, IHYC Development Coordinator, at EChristianson@yss.ames.ia.us