Congressman Mondaire Jones Launches Youth Advisory Council For High School Teens
Volunteer New York! on 08/13/2021

Congressman Mondaire Jones Launches Youth Advisory Council For High School Teens

It goes without saying that decisions made by our elected officials in Congress have a huge impact on people of all ages, but teens in particular may feel left out. Whether or not we like the policies coming out of Washington, we're too young to vote for the people creating those policies that ultimately affect us—and that can be frustrating.

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Summer STEM Hacker Camp for Black Teens in Westchester
Volunteer New York! on 07/21/2021

Summer STEM Hacker Camp for Black Teens in Westchester

Ever wanted to learn how to build your own computer from scratch? A new summer camp is about to kick off in Westchester, and Black teens who have an interest in STEM, computer programming, or who simply like to play around with technology are invited to join—no experience needed!

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New Rochelle Youth Invited to Help Design New Park, The LINC
Volunteer New York! on 07/19/2021

New Rochelle Youth Invited to Help Design New Park, The LINC

Planning for the City of New Rochelle's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is well underway, and now you can have a hand in the design of one of its most anticipated features: the LINC!

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Find the Perfect Summer Volunteer Project
Volunteer New York! on 07/02/2021

Find the Perfect Summer Volunteer Project

Can you believe we're already halfway through the summer season? Whether you've got community service requirements to fulfill or you're inspired to do something great (and stay busy) these next two months, we've got you covered when it comes to finding the perfect project.

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To Camp or Not to Camp? Tips For Teens This Summer
Volunteer New York! on 06/23/2021

To Camp or Not to Camp? Tips For Teens This Summer

On Wednesday, June 2, the Westchester County Youth Bureau presented a panel entitled "Preparing For Summer: Updates on COVID-19 Safety and Guidance For Youth and Families." The panel—which featured medical experts and coordinators of summer programs—was designed to inform youth and their families about COVID safety practices in light of upcoming summer camp programs.

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How to Sign Up For Next Week's Youth Racial Equity Sessions For Teens
Volunteer New York! on 06/11/2021

How to Sign Up For Next Week's Youth Racial Equity Sessions For Teens

Next week, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester—which provides women of all ages with programs to increase their self-sufficiency—is partnering with 4ward Inclusion to launch its Youth Racial Equity 101-103 curriculum. Over the course of three sessions (June 14, 16, and 18), high-schoolers of any gender will explore racial constructs and unpack the historical foundation of racism. The program aims to prepare young people to become agents of change in racial inequity and intersectionality.

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Top Volunteer Opportunities for Memorial Day Weekend
Volunteer New York! on 05/28/2021

Top Volunteer Opportunities for Memorial Day Weekend

It's Memorial Day Weekend, and while many associate the holiday with barbecues, sales at retail stores, and the unofficial start of summer, we mustn't forget that it's a day to remember those who have served—and gave the ultimate sacrifice to—our country.

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Top Opportunity of the Week: Virtual Summer Reading Buddies
Volunteer New York! on 05/14/2021

Top Opportunity of the Week: Virtual Summer Reading Buddies

Every year, JCY-Westchester Community Partners—a nonprofit that aims to improve children's literacy—asks volunteers of all ages to devote a few minutes each week to helping a child learn to read during its Summer Reading Buddies program. This year, Summer Reading Buddies is going virtual, so you can help kids read from your own cozy reading nook at home!

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Sign Up for the Camp Vollo Virtual Summer Camp for Teens
Volunteer New York! on 05/12/2021

Sign Up for the Camp Vollo Virtual Summer Camp for Teens

Summer camp is now open! Volunteer New York!'s Camp Vollo is a free, virtual volunteer camp experience for local changemakers. What does VOLLO stand for? It's a call-to-action about inspiring and empowering volunteers locally to build strong, healthy, and resilient communities.

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Top Volunteer Opportunities for Mother's Day Weekend
Volunteer New York! on 05/07/2021

Top Volunteer Opportunities for Mother's Day Weekend

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, and if you're like us, you definitely forgot. (Sorry, Mom.) Not to fear: whether your favorite brunch spot is all booked up or jewelry is a bit outside your budget, there are plenty of ways to treat your #1 lady this Mother's Day Weekend while doing some good in your neighborhood. Check out these sweet volunteer opportunities every mama would love. (Especially if she's always asking why you don't spend more time with her!)

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Westchester County Town Hall: An Open Conversation on COVID-19 and Teens
Volunteer New York! on 05/06/2021

Westchester County Town Hall: An Open Conversation on COVID-19 and Teens

Calling all teens! Westchester County Executive, George Latimer, will be hosting another virtual Town Hall Series. Dubbed "An Open Conversation on COVID-19 and Teens," the event—which will be streamed on Facebook Live—gives local youth the opportunity to talk to the County's top elected official about their questions and concerns regarding the pandemic that's still gripping the world more than a year after it began.

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The 2021 Volunteer Spirit Awards Are Here!
Volunteer New York! on 04/06/2021

The 2021 Volunteer Spirit Awards Are Here!

The big day is almost here! Friday, April 9 marks our 41st Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards, and you're invited. The first hour of this virtual presentation is entirely free, so be sure to register and stream it live wherever you are. Congratulations to all our award winners and volunteers!

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Webinar: How to "Be the Change" by Volunteering
Volunteer New York! on 12/11/2020

Webinar: How to "Be the Change" by Volunteering

Heads up, changemakers! On Wednesday, December 16, Volunteer New York! is delivering a webinar entitled "Be the Change." Co-presented by Briarcliff Library, this virtual event will show you why volunteering locally is so important—and how to use Volunteer New York! as a tool to make a positive impact right in your own backyard.

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Local Teens Bridge Generations to Support Hospice Patients
Volunteer New York! on 11/30/2020

Local Teens Bridge Generations to Support Hospice Patients

Community service comes in many forms, and while it's always nice to drop off canned goods at a food pantry, it can seem a bit... impersonal. For volunteers who want to feel that their efforts are making a real impact, consider Youth for Hospice.

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Teen Spotlight: Ellie Zimmerman at Interns 4 Good
Volunteer New York! on 11/23/2020

Teen Spotlight: Ellie Zimmerman at Interns 4 Good

Westchester teen Ellie Zimmerman founded her own nonprofit, Interns 4-Good, while struggling to find internships in high school. Now, her organization connects 8,000 students internationally with 180 nonprofits—including Volunteer New York!—and there's no sign of stopping!

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How to Volunteer for the Holidays
Volunteer New York! on 11/19/2020

How to Volunteer for the Holidays

With Diwali behind us and Thanksgiving only a week away, it's safe to say that the holiday season is in full swing! Of course, our seasonal celebrations will look a lot different this year as many families are struggling to make ends meet. And with recent spikes in COVID-19 all across the country, it will be tough to carry on the traditions we're used to, such as gathering for family dinners and participating in turkey trots.

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REMINDER: Volunteer Spirit Awards Nomination Deadline
Volunteer New York! on 11/12/2020

REMINDER: Volunteer Spirit Awards Nomination Deadline

Don't miss out! Nominations for the 2021 Volunteer Spirit Awards—our annual celebration of outstanding volunteers—are open until Monday, November 16. If you volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Westchester, Rockland, or Putnam County and you think you're deserving of an award, be sure to let your volunteer supervisor know!

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