Volunteer with us!

After a year of change, we are going back to our regular after-school programming this year! Our Learning Centers will be open after school to host our students for Bible lessons, homework help, and academic intervention. Our greatest need is always for committed mentors, but there are sometimes opportunities for service groups, cleaning, bus driving, or other tasks. Email mentor@ylfr.org if you are interested in one of these opportunities or for more information.

Volunteer opportunities are also available during our six-week summer program, or volunteers can join our team as a full-time summer intern.


Mentor a Child

We encourage you to join us in the work we’re doing by becoming a weekly mentor!  After forms are completed and training occurs, mentors are assigned to a child and expected to volunteer two hours each week at one of our Learning Centers.  Each mentor works with his or her child for a two-hour session between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from September through May.  Mentors provide emotional encouragement, homework assistance and read with the children daily.  We ask that mentors make at least a one-year commitment, as this is especially important in establishing a relationship of trust with your mentee. 

Please fill out a volunteer application and return it to mentor@ylfr.org or PO Box 15202, Richmond, VA 23227. We then require that you attend a Mentor Training Session before starting. Below are the 2021 Mentor Training Dates. Please RSVP using the attached links. Email mentor@ylfr.org with questions.

Mentor Training Dates (Fall 2021)

Our in-person training dates for Fall 2021 have passed. For an alternative training option, email mentor@ylfr.org


“Everyone needs someone who cares about him or her and invests time in that person’s life. People need to know that they matter and can accomplish good things.”
-Mentor from University of Richmond

“I learned that all people bring their own stories and backgrounds to a situation. It is important to approach people on an individual level and realize that you can learn as much from them as they can learn from you.”
-Mentor from University of Richmond

“Mentoring has made me realize how much I truly love spending time with kids. I believe there is no more valuable way to spend my time than investing in their futures as an educator.”
-Jordan Truda

“As an empty nester, I began to reflect on who I was becoming…and it wasn’t very pretty. I was a bit self-focused, even in my church experience…I have grown to love these children and it is my prayer that the 2 hours I spend each week is used by God to soothe the hurt that these students face during much of their struggling journey.”
-Mary Venable


Learning Center Calendars

Learning Center calendars, including weekly Fun Fridays can be found here.