Volunteering as a Together We Thrive Friend is one of the most direct and impactful ways you can engage with vulnerable youth in our community. Invest time each week helping a youth transform their life.
We are looking for compassionate, flexible volunteers with strong listening skills and the ability to see beyond challenging obstacles to befriend vulnerable youth in schools and youth centers across North Texas.
For the safety of our youth, the TWT Friend volunteer position requires a background check, reference check, and necessary training through Together We Thrive and affiliated schools and youth programs. In this position, volunteers will spend approximately 1 hour per week with their assigned youth during their assigned school year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment for this volunteer role?
This volunteer role requires consistency and an investment of time. We ask that volunteers commit to serving 1 hour per week with their youth for an entire school year.
What types of topics might I discuss with youth in this role?
Each session is built to focus on goal-oriented topics, such as education, financial literacy and personal development. We train and equip our Friends to engage with our youth.
What is the ultimate goal for youth?
We believe that every vulnerable youth can rewrite their story. Our Friend program strives to ignite the confidence youth need to make plans for the future and begin working towards those dreams. Friends help youth remove labels that have previously defined them and offer support to reach a place of sustainability.
How does volunteering as a Friend help youth?
1 in 3 youth navigate life on their own – our Friends help change that! When you volunteer as a Friend, you are helping to expand a youth’s social circle. When you commit to walking with them, you provide a consistent influence in their life and they have another adult in their life who they can trust, turn to, and count on.
What training and disclosures are required?
To protect the youth we serve, volunteers must complete all necessary trainings, background, and reference checks as required by Together We Thrive and school. Volunteers must also complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement to protect the privacy of the youth.
Where may volunteers in this position serve?
Volunteers initially serve at the Frisco ISD Student Opportunity Center (SOC) located at 6928 W Maple Street, Frisco, TX 75034. After the youth’s time at the SOC, the volunteer will meet with their youth at their home high school in Frisco.