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New & Returning Volunteer Information

Today’s Youth Matter is a Bay Area Christian organization operating summer camps for disadvantaged, urban kids from 9-12 years old. The children we serve live in poverty, with a legacy of trauma, which makes them vulnerable to a multitude of risk factors that derails their prospect for success. As an organization, TYM is dedicated to changing the life trajectory of these at risk youth to take them from where they are to where God intends them to be. We call this the “Transformational Journey”

Camp is critical step in this journey; thus, kids’ lives are dramatically influenced and will have an impact on future decisions by the quality of our volunteers. Christian leadership is a vital role that requires volunteers to help us translate God’s love for them. Our selection process reflects a commitment to our vision and values.

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Before filling out the on-line application, there are a few details for you to consider.

We are a Christian camp with the following vision & values:

  • Our Mission: At TYM, we strive to strengthen kids’ confidence, build their faith and provide opportunities for growth through authentic relationships and experiences.
  • We Focus on Christ: His redemptive love infuses our ministry, methods, and volunteer with vision, energy and a lasting impact. We exist to help young people see, know and experience God.
  • We Value Ethnic and Cultural Diversity: Highlighting the importance of leadership, staff and volunteers, modeling of integrity and cultural humility by respectfully embracing kid’s differences.
  • We Develop Relationships: Together we can intentionally create innovative learning experiences to inspire and encourage kids by spending impactful time and encouraging them to build their faith.

The key qualities of a camp volunteer are:

  • Integrity – doing the right thing, even when no one is watching
  • Safety – we seek to protect the physical & emotional safety of our campers
  • Attitude – the character to demonstrate humility, servanthood & leadership
  • Excellence – we want to exceed our campers’ expectations
  • Initiative & follow-through – what can I do to make it better?
  • FUN! – the most wasted of all days is one without laughter

Do the above mission, goals and volunteer qualities get you EXCITED? If so, keep on reading.

Summer Camp Volunteer Requirements:

  1. Must be able to commit to each day of camp:
    Girls & Boys – combined camp with separate cabin teams
    Kickoff & Tech Check: Sun, July 26th – 1:30pm-3:00pm
    Camp: Mon, July 27 – Fri, July 31 – 9am – 1pm
  2. Must be 16 years of age by the start date of your camp.  
  3. Must complete the online volunteer application. We are still accepting applications at this time. Space is limited so please let us know of your interest by applying today.
  4. Must raise or pay a minimum of $250 by July 10th, 2020.   This amount helps to cover volunteer expenses including training, materials & digital platform fees.  Funds raised above $250 provide scholarship money towards our inner-city campers.
  5. Must attend BOTH 2-hour LIVE (remote) training sessions to prepare for your experience working at camp.
    • Live Training via Zoom Session 1:  Thursday, July 16th – 6pm-8pm  AND
    • Live Training via Zoom Session 2: Thursday, July 23rd – 6pm-8pm
  6. Must complete the self-paced online training modules prior to the above LIVE training session.  Requires 2-3 hours total.
  7. Must clear a background check
  8. Must comply with the following statements:
    • TYM camp is a drug-free, alcohol-free, smoking-free camp.  No exceptions.
    • I will value appropriate behavior that includes the words I say, what I wear and how I conduct myself around campers.

If this all sounds excellent, and you’re ready to apply….

If you have any questions, please contact
Barry Tonge, Director of Programs
text/call: 408-315-4636  |   barry@tymkids.org

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