Our Programs

ProgramsFullPagenewVolunteers for Youth is an innovative, community organization providing diverse, quality programs to help local young people achieve their potential. Volunteers for Youth has four programs that serve the youth of Orange County, North Carolina:

  • Volunteer Mentor Program
    Matches young people with adult mentors. Volunteers and young people commit to spending at least two hours a week together for one year. Click here for more information…
  • SMART Mentoring Program
    Matches UNC students with local youth. Students develop relationships with their mentees in addition to enrolling in a sociology course focused on race, class, and gender. Click here for more information…
  • The Juvenile Community Services and Restitution Program
    Works with young people who have been court ordered to complete community service hours in order to pay back the community for inappropriate behavior. Click here for more information…
  • Orange County Teen Court
    Gives first time offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions through an alternative court program. Youth are tried and sentenced by a jury of their peers. Fellow students take on the roles of attorneys, clerk, bailiff, and jurors to conduct these proceedings. Click here for more information…
  • Every Girl Counts
    Volunteers for Youth’s newest program, Every Girl Counts, brings together middle school girls and empowers them through a life skills curriculum that fosters pride, self-esteem and a sense of achievement. Click here for more information…