Volunteer opportunity description

CIANA is looking for committed volunteers for its DYCD-funded SONYC After School Program. The program takes place Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:30 PM at a local church near CIANA’s office in Astoria, Queens. The program is targeted to middle school-aged youth in grades 6-8. We are seeking to hire volunteers who will ensure programmatic success. SONYC volunteers will work with the Program Coordinator and Group Leader to provide safe, fun, and curriculum-based programming for NYC youth. Volunteers will receive oversight from the Program Coordinator, who will ensure they are properly trained and monitored in order to create a fun, safe, and educational environment for youth. Volunteers may also participate in field trips and other activities.


Volunteers will take on a number of responsibilities during the program, particularly in the areas of homework help and setting up enrichment activities. Volunteers will:

  • Work with youth for up to one hour during the program time

  • Assist students in the areas of Math, Science, English, Foreign Language, and other core curriculum areas

  • Mentor students and discuss educational and other needs during this time

  • Work with activity specialist or independently to develop and facilitate program activities, which may include cooking, dance, art, photography or other taught youth-based group activities



  • Experience working or volunteering with middle school aged youth

  • Ability to pass a background check (including fingerprints) and interact with children

  • Be flexible in your duties as a volunteer as they pertain to successful program implementation

  • Must be available during program days and times, and commit to serving the entire semester

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans

Lena Gran
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