Being a Champion of Youth in Decatur County:
Top reasons to become a Champion:
Volunteering is fun! Being a "Champion" is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do. It's simple, too.
Champions of Youth are regular people just like you. Role models come in all shapes and sizes. They are bus drivers, fireman, teachers, lawyers, shop owners, executives, fathers. Some have college degrees while some don’t even have a high school diploma. You can do this. You just have to want to make a positive impact on the life of a child.
Youth come to the CoY program for all kinds of reasons. Maybe they come from single-parent homes or have two working parents, maybe they are falling into bad patterns at school, maybe they are the only boy in a house with three sisters. What they all share in common is the need for friendship with a caring adult. Each child needs a positive role model to impact his life, and that role model can be you.
Before we match you with a Youth, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Champion, they go through a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Champions and Youth based on location, personalities, and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can’t do what we do best without them!
Male and female Champions are wanted and needed! Though Champions of Youth is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life, right now there is a greater need for men. Thinking about volunteering as a Champion but wondering what you have to offer a child? A LOT!
Ready to get started?
The easiest and fastest way to get started is to complete the form below. After you submit the form, a Champions of Youth staff member will contact you to start the application process. You'll need to:
Provide two references
Participate in an in-person interview
Go through a background check
Only 4 hours a month
For only 4 hours (minimum) a month, you can positively impact a youth's life and help teach them how to make good choices while growing up... all in only 4 hours every 30 days!
It is honestly fun! You can do everything you normally do or things you always wanted to do, but haven't... all with your youth!
Go out for pizza
Go to a movie
Hang out at the library
Play video games
It doesn't cost much!
The activities don’t have to cost a lot. It’s not about spending money; it’s about spending time. Just a few hours a couple times a month. You’ll get to be a kid again and he’ll get to be your friend. It’s a win-win for both of you.