Teen Volunteer Opportunity!


Teen Sidekicks are truly committed and enjoy working closely with special needs students, befriending them, sharing lunch and activities, or helping them successfully integrate into mainstream programs. Each Sidekick is individually screened by PRD staff and required to fill out an application listing their interests and hobbies, availability, and experience. This information is integral in the participant matching process.

Summer Sidekicks attend a two-hour orientation/training (May 10th at 6 pm) to learn about special needs in general and the basic principles of behavior management. Each Sidekick is paired with a camper with neurodiverse needs. Sidekicks meet with their camper buddy and parent before the camp to better understand the individual child’s needs. Together, they attend one of PRD’s summer camps and create lasting memories and have the time of their lives.

If you are interested in playing an integral role in supporting the growth and overall experience for a child with neurodiverse needs, please fill out an application. The deadline to apply is April 5th however early registrations will help guarantee a successful match. You must be at least 14 years of age and commit to volunteering for at least one week of camp during the summer (June 5th–June 30th and July 10-21). Community service hours available upon request. Volunteers may be eligible to receive a letter of recommendation. No experience is necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact sidekicks@piedmont.ca.gov.

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Questions? Contact Larisa Martiniak at sidekicks@piedmont.ca.gov