Volunteers can do this from the comfort of their own home, office or at the park from your smart phone.
All people who want to help out: professionals, students, and community volunteerism is a great contribution and the roots of our program.
Self-less service makes the Creator happy and the belief is we were put on earth to serve others. A small commitment goes a long way and contributes to a life-changing program for Tribal Youth.
Step 1: Choose a Volunteer Option for Summer 2013
20-Minute a week commitments
Social Networking: We are all connected, many of us just don’t know it yet. Help us by sharing our postings on Facebook and social media. Introducing ITY to friends, news media outlets or websites greatly helps. It also saves gas, trees, printing, energy.
Spheres of Influence: It starts with just a simple phone call, email or conversation. Perhaps you or someone you know is connected to a person of influence that will be thankful for knowing about our program and willing to help provide a service, referral, donation or good valued connection.
“Hook’n us up”: Our program always uses quality products and vendors. Gift Cards, New Clothes Sponsors, Organic Food, Equipment, and even Pizzas are great items that benefit our youth. Obtaining these in-kind sponsorships is simple and often just requires a simple company contact and we provide you a letter on our behalf. Your help in reaching out to these product sponsors is your contribution. It’s a great feeling to be the one that provided, delivered the “hook up” for the youth.
Open Creativity: You have a unique talent and we would like to know, share. Professionals, teachers, artists, community collaborators: We are all looking to Grow, Learn, and Connect. You are a catalyst of change and you’re innovation is appreciated. Bring it on! This is for you. We want to hear from you and your ideas!
Longer-Commitment Volunteer Positions
Summer Residential Advisors (seasonal)
International Travel Exchange Local Group Coordinator
Media Networker: Native news media posts and social media (i.e. FB) posts
Step 2: Please send email with interest and option of interest and telephone # to: email@example.com.
Step 3: You will receive an email from us and/or be contacted by phone. We will go from there. We will look to match you with what you feel the most comfortable and the most rewarding. We will ask that you make a minimum of a 20-minute per week commitment for one month. Of course, you will be invited to continue as part of our Volunteer Team.
Volunteer time will be accounted for and recognized. (unless one prefers not to be recognized)
All Committed volunteers receive a InterTribal Youth “Indigenize Education” T-shirt and Invitation to our Summer’s Native Surf Day and Culture Night.
YNS and InterTribal Youth (ITY) celebrate 13 Years of service to the community and its “Volunteer of the Year”, Marc Chavez, YNS Founder/Director. Helping launch its 2013 Volunteer Campaign, Indian Voices sits down with Marc to talk about his role and holding steadfast in the face of challenge and severe economic crises.
IV: How important is your role as a volunteer to the program?
Until recently, I never considered myself a volunteer. When meeting people, I am often asked what I do for work. I let them know that “I am Director of a Native American Educational Youth Program”. The usual response is how great and rewarding it must be. I reply with “yes, I am very content with what I do”. The next question from people is usually, “who funds this”?
Funding is the definitive topic when it comes to survival and growth of programs. In these times, resources of money are drying up all over the place, as is water.
This is where my role as a volunteer has been the most vital. Commitment to what you do and why you do it becomes the defining factor.
IV: How has your role as a volunteer affected the program?
For the last 5 years, over 70% of my working hours have been volunteer hours. Our program would not have survived and grown any other way. Few, if any, colleagues can say that they work without pay for so long.
I look at the work I do as a vocation and a matter of survival for our people. I firmly believe we are changing youth lives, often saving lives. I decided that I could not solely wait for funding sources to approve and initiate the work. That would put so much to chance. Politics, rumors, and economics have not properly educated our Native Youth in the past, so it would be fruitless to think they will start now.
IV: What were some of the hardest challenges you faced?
My own mind, and of course how I deal with it. Volunteering an abundance of hours, day after day, without pay is not easy. People always ask me “how do you do it?”. This is usually followed by skepticism or a notion I must have an alternative money source I tap into. Many non-Indians believe our program must be funded and rolling good since American Indians own so many casinos. That is simply not how it is.
So it becomes a sovereignty of one’s mind. One does not feel very sovereign asking for hand-outs year after year and writing long grants to tell them how needy, poor you are and hope they “get” what you are doing. This is ultra-competitive today.
The challenge on a personal level is me and my family to “getting by” with less. However, most people are barely getting by. Others are barely getting by - but with more stuff. I too barely get by, its just I have learned to live very, very simply. As a father of two and the sole breadwinner, I was very stressed in the beginning. However, I always look at my children and know they eat well and live an abundant life. They experience things that money cant buy and I would consider “world-class”. In the work that I do, I know many youth in North America and South America who live with a lot less resources. I also know youth whom have material things, but live love poor. I believe love is what drives the InterTribal Youth Program and me. Love has a higher value.
IV: What is the future of ITY’s financing and wealth of the Program?
As of 2012, we have “sunset-ed” our last subsidized grant, which has helped a portion of programing in the past. This means 2013 will see almost an entire staff of qualified select volunteers. We will continue to be open to monetary donations and “angel donors”. Money continues to serve as a valued medium. In addition, to help augment cash flow, we are launching a small-commitment Volunteer Campaign.
We look to prophecy and old ways, which give answers. A shift of the ages shows that that Dollar currency is not the oldest and most important currency. Currency derives from currents, like water currents, always flowing. There are many things drying up in these times and top advisors are not putting their faith only in money. On the global market, folks are investing in tangible resources like water, alternative energy, land, etc.
Bartering, exchanging services for the good of survival will be reinstated. We need to be exercising our natural ability to collaborate, exchange and work together. This has been one of the pillars of our program. Educating our youth and maintaining our health needs to be our first investment, collectively.
IV: Explain the volunteer campaign?
We are seeking 20-Minute per week volunteer commitments. This will go a long way. For example, a person who is a “sphere of influence” can make referrals, recommendation to possible donors. Other ways are folks helping via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Prayers. Some will sign on to “hook us up” by coordinating small donations of water, food, clothes, etc. These are things that move our goals along.
I believe people care about the youth and are willing to commit, as “self-less service” volunteers will step forward. There are also folks who use dollar currency to serve or can direct us to someone who can. It takes a village to raise a child. We must diversify our idea of what wealth is and then share it.
To volunteer or for more information on 2013 summer programs for youth in California and the all ages family and friends International Exchange program in Panama, Central America, go to www.InterTribalYouth.org. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are now accepting 20-Minute a week volunteer commitments. Find out how.