The Provo Youth Detention Center needs volunteers who are willing to make a regular commitment to working with the youth on an ongoing basis, said volunteer coordinator Laurel Curtis.
"There are a variety of ways volunteers can be involved," said Curtis. "Community citizens can help with everything from art and crafts to school tutoring."The Detention Center is a locked facility for court-sentenced boys and girls, ages 8 to 18. The youth stay at the facility anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. While in the facility, they participate in schoolwork as well as after-school social and recreational activities.
Volunteers with art skills such as drawing, painting, sketching, beading, ceramics or macrame are needed to teach beginning art to the youth in the late afternoons and evenings.
The Detention Center also needs donations of art supplies that would be appropriate for such activities, especially beads and wood.
Volunteers are also needed to help in the mornings or afternoons in the classrooms, tutoring students.
Both the art and classroom volunteers must be able to make a regular commitment - either once a week or every other week - and be able to stay with the program for three to six months. Volunteers who want a one-time project are not appropriate for the facility.
All volunteers are given on-the-job training, and are fingerprinted for security reasons.
Professionals, experienced parents, and community leaders are also needed to serve as speakers on various topics such as positive attitudes and developing self esteem.
For more information on becoming a volunteer at Provo's Youth Detention Center, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108. Other volunteer opportunities include:
- Project Read, Provo's adult literacy program, needs volunteers to teach illiterate adults for four to five hours each week for at least six months. Volunteers must attend both upcoming training sessions scheduled for Jan. 19 and 26.
- Provo City Library needs assistant story leaders for story hour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Volunteers must commit for three months, and enjoy working with children and literature.
- Crisis Line of Utah County is looking for committed, dependable volunteers to work a four-hour shift each week as line workers. Training (held in late January) is required before beginning service.
For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.