Volunteer Opportunities

Northwood Children’s Services offers many unique opportunities to make a difference in a child’s life. Our volunteers can contribute in a variety of ways.

All Northwood Children’s Services volunteers must meet age requirements, submit a completed application, pass a criminal background check, and participate in a volunteer orientation.

Mentor

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week
Requirements: Must be 21 or older*, have an interest in at-risk youth, pass a complete background check and mantoux, maintain appropriate boundaries with the children, commit to consistent visits, and attend volunteer orientation.
Description: Provide one-on-one mentoring sessions weekly or biweekly to a Northwood youth ages 6 – 17. Sessions may include activities such as: reading, playing games, cooking, doing craft projects, etc.

Tutor

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week
Requirements: Must be 21 or older*, have an interest in at-risk youth, pass a complete background check and mantoux, have previous tutoring or teaching experience, maintain appropriate boundaries with the children, commit to consistent visits, and attend volunteer orientation.
Description: Many of Northwood’s youth have struggled in traditional academic settings. Tutors provide one-on-one or small group instruction and support. Tutors may work with students in a classroom setting or help with homework out of school hours.

*Executive approval of an individual under age 21.

For more information on becoming a mentor or tutor, please contact:

Matt Silverness
Northwood Children’s Services
714 W. College Street
Duluth, MN 55811
218-728-7192
msilverness@northwoodchildren.org

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Northwood Children’s Services provides professional care, education, and treatment for boys and girls with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities.

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