Volunteer Opportunities for Teens & Tween

Many of these organizations offer seasonal opportunities and some are year round. If you know of any organizations to be added to this list, please comment! 

Ceres Community Project, (Ages 13-19) learn to cook and delivery meals to neighbors living with a serious illness.

Conservation Corps North Bay (age varies per project) Originally in existence as the Marin Conservation Corps, this organization goal is to harness the energy of youth to preserve and protect the environment so that the entire community profits.

Exploratorium High School Explainers (high school kids ages 15-18) As one of the Mediated Experience departments within the Exploratorium, the High School Explainer Program offers a temporary work-based educational enrichment program for high school age students.Explainers work with visitors and hands-on exhibits in a facilitator type program while learning in a science museum setting.

Golden Gate Conservancy (Ages Vary), a variety of volunteer opportunities suitable for teens, young people, and families. 

Hands on Bay Area (Ages Vary) This organization links willing volunteers to various projects based on age parameters. There is a registration fee for adults and children.

Marin County Youth Commission (Age 12+) Marin County Youth Commission is an official advisory commission to the Marin County Board of Supervisors. With 20 seats for young people who commissioners act as a political voice for the youth for the youth of Marin.

Marin County Youth Leadership Institute (Age 8th grade+) This organization empowers the youth in Marin to take action and make change for the better. 

Marin Headlands Institute TEEM (Teen Environmental Educational Mentorship) is a paid environmental education internship and leadership program for San Francisco and Marin high school students.  TEEM interns gain first-hand knowledge about the field of environmental education through field trips, one-on-one mentorships with our professional educators, and by leading interactive activities with our elementary school participants.

Marin Search and Rescue (a division of the sheriffโ€™s office) Age 14 & up. Made up of about 50% adults and 50% youth, this division of the sheriffโ€™s office not only searches for people in the wilderness and urban settings, but also deals with natural disasters and pretty much anything which involves injured or missing people.

Marine Mammal Center Youth Volunteers, Sausalito  Ages 15-18. Gain hands-on experience working to rehabilitate marine mammals and engage The Marine Mammal Centerโ€™s guests.

Marin Humane SocietyMilo Marin, All Creatures Animal Caring Society, Cat Caring Connection, Save a Bunny, Jessica's Haven, (Ages vary) Foster a dog, cat or small animal! All these organizations need both long term and short term foster homes for their many animals or volunteers to stop by to walk, socialize, and help clean. Check out their website for more information.

Mountain Play Volunteers (10 & up). Positions vary. Volunteers who are 13 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Seasonal.

San Francisco Zoo, (Ages 11-17), offers opportunities to be part of the Zoo Crew, Nature Trail, and Teachers Assistant.

Slide Ranch, (Ages 14+), working in our organic garden (weeding, pruning, prepping garden beds, planting and pest control,) composting, restoring native plants and removing invasive plants, and maintaining trails and beach access.

The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. Help to organize book drives and ship books to start or improve a library in Africa. 

Wildcare (Ages 12+), If you care deeply about our connection with wildlife and want to help ensure a healthy co-existence between humans and animals, please volunteer. All training is provided.

Teens Turning Green is a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. 

Volunteer Marin (Age 13+) has an easy to access, meaningful volunteer database of opportunities for individuals, families, groups, and businesses.

Youth Court Serves minors between the age of 10-17. If your child is accepted as a peer juror, she/he will hear juvenile cases and help serve as determine sentences of other juveniles. Youth Court is designed to educate youth about the juvenile justice system.   

Bay Area Volunteer Information Center, a great database of volunteer opportunities.

Certification Programs

Marin CPR & Lifeguard (Ages 15+)

Babysitter Training (Ages 10-14)