Youth Volunteer Opportunities
One of the missions of Grace is to give children and youth from all walks of life the opportunity to be a part of Grace.The Grace Foundation offers youth the opportunity to help with the care and maintenance of the animals that have been rescued. In turn, they learn about the physical and emotional needs of these animals and assist with their rehabilitation.
A benefit to the community . . .
When youth volunteer, the larger community also benefits. Volunteerism promotes positive citizenship among youth by encouraging them to be more engaged in their own communities. Youth who volunteer feel more connected to their community, are more likely to show concern and stay in or return to their communities. Thus, youth volunteerism contributes substantially to community vitality.
An investment in the future of our youth . . .
Finally, while volunteerism is focused on helping others, perhaps the biggest benefits to volunteering are reaped by the volunteers themselves. Studies suggest that youth volunteerism contributes to identity development, enhancement of skills (increasing job marketability), increased self-esteem, development of empathy for others and other improvements related to positive youth development.
Often volunteer endeavors also facilitate the development of significant relationships. Though these activities, youth are able to meet like-minded individuals, as well as a possible range of people they would otherwise not encounter.
Information on Youth volunteering . . .
All new volunteers must attend and complete the orientation clinic prior to volunteering.
This clinic includes:
Clinics are held the 1st Saturday of each month from 9 am - 12 pm (unless there is a holiday or conflicting event)
- Orientation, tour, barn and horse safety
- Grace Foundation's natural horsemanship philosophy on handling horses
- Hands on grooming and leading
Registration begins are 9 am. Please be at the ranch no later than 9:15 am.
Children ages 8-11 must have a parent or legal guardian accompany them during orientation. Parents of youth volunteers ages 8-16 must attend a meeting at noon immediately after the volunteer clinic. Youth under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the volunteer application and liability waiver.
To fill out the volunteer application please click here. Select volunteer and fill out the form. Go to the events page and register for volunteer orientation. Then please download and bring the release forms below with a parent or legal guardian's signature to the orientation clinic.
Grace requests a $10 donation per participant for the clinic. This cost helps to pay for name tags and other volunteer items.
Youth Volunteer Hours:
- 8-11 years of age ~ 9-11:30 am Saturdays only (must be accompanied by an adult)
- 12-14 years of age ~ 9 am - 1 pm Saturdays and Sundays only
- 15-18 years of age ~ may volunteer Monday-Sunday from 9 am - 1 pm