Learn More about Becoming a Volunteer!

CRYJ works with more than 30 community volunteers – we provide training, mentoring, and empowering opportunities for youth and adults to become engaged in our restorative programming.

 

Community Impact Circle – Mondays

Community Impact Circles involve a facilitated restorative process that each CRYJ youth and family are invited to participate in during their program involvement. Circles are held each Monday and include CRYJ youth participants, each with a parent or guardian, staff and community volunteers. Each session involves a facilitated format that is designed for meaningful dialogue and connection in a group format that emphasizes empathy, listening and respect for all voices and perspectives. Circle evenings are an important introduction to CRYJ programming and restorative philosophies for each youth and family, framing impacts, accountability and choice in ways that celebrate personal strengths and moving forward.

Community volunteers (both adult and youth) add immeasurable depth and authenticity to Circle by sharing stories, bringing insight to conversations and modeling healthy vulnerability and self-awareness.  

Key components of this role:

  • Availability on 1 to 3 Monday evenings per month from 5:00 to 7:30
  • Willingness to share personal stories, without agenda or attachment to outcome
  • Awareness of personal boundaries and emotional triggers and knowledge of self-care
  • Openness to different perspectives and vulnerabilities and willingness to navigate interactions without judgment or lecturing
  • Ability to grow and learn from the insights of others
  • Readiness to express challenges and ask for support when needed

 

CRYJ Connect – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

CRYJ Connect offers youth and adults a safe space to connect and be supportive of each other. Youth choose how they wish to plug in to CRYJ Connect by deciding which days to attend and how they spend their time engaged at CRYJ.

Tuesdays – Homework support and FHS Buyback time

Tuesdays will be focused on homework support, and the opportunity for Flathead High School students to “buy back” any missed class time. Youth will work with CRYJ tutors to finish assignments, catch up on class work and take advantage of some academic help.

If youth do not have homework to do, they will be encouraged to plug-in to alternative stations including independent art projects, Ted Talk/ Documentary viewing & reflection, or other group activities facilitated by CRYJ staff.

Key components of this role:

  • Availability on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 6:00 pm
  • Able to provide high school-level academic support, especially within the disciplines of math, science and english
  • Awareness of personal boundaries and emotional triggers and knowledge of self-care
  • Openness to different perspectives and vulnerabilities and willingness to navigate interactions without judgment or lecturing

Wednesdays – CRYJ Kitchen

CRYJ Kitchen is focused on teaching kids real-life skills while cooking a healthy meal to be enjoyed within a safe, communal space. Many of the fresh ingredients come from our own CRYJ gardens, and each cooking project is focused on creating a healthy, balanced meal.

This fall, we invite volunteers who are interested in leading a cooking project, and supplying the ingredients (outside of staples) for said project. Come ready to teach CRYJ youths about proper health and safety practices within a kitchen, ready to listen, and have some fun.

Key components of this role:

  • Available on Wednesdays from 3:45 – 6:00 pm
  • Able to lead a cooking project for youth, including bringing a recipe and ingredients (outside of staples) for 8 people
  • Ready to teach youths about proper kitchen health and safety practices
  • Awareness of personal boundaries and emotional triggers and knowledge of self-care
  • Openness to different perspectives and vulnerabilities and willingness to navigate interactions without judgment or lecturing

Thursdays – Drug and Alcohol Workshop

Drug and Alcohol workshops aka “Real Talk” aims to provide cryj youth a safe place for CRYJ youth to talk openly and candidly about their experiences with drugs and alcohol through structured group discussion, educational activities and guest speakers.

This is our lowest priority for volunteer positions. However, if you are specifically interested in this program, we invite you to get in touch with Burket and see if you could be a good fit for these workshops. Adults and youth volunteers welcome.  

Key components of this role:

  • Available on Thursdays from 3:45 – 6:00 pm
  • Ready and willing to talk openly about substance use, without attachment to agenda or outcome
  • Respectful of the sensitive nature of the discussions
  • Awareness of personal boundaries and emotional triggers and knowledge of self-care
  • Openness to different perspectives and vulnerabilities and willingness to navigate interactions without judgment or lecturing

Other ways to get involved

Supply a Community Meal

Can’t commit to one of our volunteer slots? No problem. There are plenty of ways to get involved with CRYJ. This fall, we are looking for folks willing to provide a food drop during some of our CRYJ Connect evenings. We believe in the power of sharing a community meal, and hope to provide a meal at each CRYJ Connect, whether through a cooking project done with the kids or with a meal dropped off by a volunteer – it could be anything from a couple of pizzas, to a sandwich tray. Call us at 257-7400 to set up a day/time to drop a meal!

Host a Specialty Workshop

We are always looking for interesting workshops for our CRYJ kids – if you have something to share with CRYJ youth, let us know! In the past we’ve hosted workshops on sexual health, art projects, literature discussions, and more. These workshops would fall within our already-scheduled service time slots.

 

All volunteers are trained and supported by staff.  Ongoing workshops and opportunities to build on your strengths and interests are always encouraged and facilitated.

You don’t have to know where you want to fit – just that you are excited to make a difference.

 

 

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