·         Promise Team Members- Volunteers may choose to focus their efforts on one of four areas:

o   Healthy & Safety focus areas include: substance abuse, mental health, physical health, violence, delinquency, & risk-taking sexual activity.

o   Marketable Skills focus areas include: academic achievement, leadership, and life skills/work force preparedness. 

o   Volunteering & Relationships focus areas include: mentoring and volunteering.

All teams work on positive youth development strategies.  Volunteers meet in a large group 4 times per year.  Individual teams meet as needed between large group meetings.  Volunteers can join at any time. 

·         Mentors:   One on One Mentoring program volunteers spend time with a youth between the grades of K-12th grade.  The Mentoring Coordinator provides training and support.  This program focuses on fun and relationship building.   Many pairs have built lasting relationships and have been together for multiple years!  There are three types of mentoring: 

o   Individual mentoring- One mentor and one youth are matched (same gender) may meet at school or outside of school.  A one year commitment is required.

o   Team mentoring- a perfect opportunity for friends, family members, or co-workers to volunteer together outside of school.  2-3 adults may be matched with 2-4 youth.  A one year commitment is required.

o   Group mentoring- One adult will be matched with a small group of students and will meet at school during one class period per week.  A commitment of one semester is required.


·         LifeWorks  Job Coaches:  These volunteers share information about their career with a high school student during three weekly classes at school and one on-site job shadow.  Approximately 60 volunteers are needed each year.


·         Mock Interviewers:  These volunteers conduct practice job interviews with middle and/or high school students during two mornings or afternoons per semester.  Approximately 12 volunteers are needed each year.


·         City Day Shadows:  Adults from diverse community sectors host a high school youth at their place of employment for one morning and participate in a community luncheon discussion once each year.  This is a project of the Youth Task Force Youth Action Teams.  Approximately 30 volunteers are needed each year.


·         Data Specialist:  This volunteer will periodically assist the Youth Task Force office with survey entry, searching out data on the internet, and other associated tasks.  Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and use of the internet is required.  The schedule is flexible based on the needs of the volunteer.  All Youth Task Force office volunteers must pass a background check.



·         Youth Action Team Members:  Youth volunteers provide youth voice to community efforts and develop/implement their own projects.  Teams meet at their high school once per month and as needed for projects outside of school.  This opportunity is open to all high school students, and youth may join at any time!


·         CATs-Community Academic Tutors:  High school and college age youth volunteer to provide tutoring to younger students during out-of-school time.  The amount of time volunteered and the schedule of tutoring meetings is decided by the CAT!


·         Clerical Assistance:  This volunteer provides clerical support to the Youth Task Force office.  Duties include answering the phone, operating basic office equipment, and other related tasks.  Office hours are 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Mon.-Fri. The position is open all year and the schedule and length of commitment is based on availability of the volunteer. This is a great opportunity for youth to add experience to their resume!  All adult Youth Task Force office volunteers must pass a background check.  Youth volunteers must provide three non-family adult references.


·         Communication Outreach Volunteer:  These volunteers will deliver informational material to specific locations in the community approximately six times per year.  Each volunteer will be assigned a route and will have a two week time period to make the deliveries.  Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and dependable transportation.  Mileage expense will be reimbursed to these volunteers.  A minimum of a six month commitment is requested.  Approximately five volunteers are needed each year.


·         On-Call Lunch/Snack Providers:  These are volunteers who are willing to donate a pan of bars, cookies, or salads to help the Youth Task Force provide lunch or snacks to people at meetings and trainings.  Food to serve groups of 30-100 youth and adults are needed at various times throughout the year.  This is an opportunity for community groups, such as churches and clubs, as well as individual volunteers.  This on-call group of volunteers will determine their availability to assist when contacted.


·         Special Project Volunteers:  From time to time the Youth Task Force needs single project volunteers.  Past projects have included staffing booths at community events, surveying people over the phone or in person, and assisting with registration or serving lunch/snacks at community educational conference/workshops. 

Contact Information:

Phone: 641-421-2708

Website: www.masoncityyouthtaskforce.org

Facebook: Mason City Youth Task Force


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