Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Youth Volunteering

Opportunities for teens and families to volunteer in New York City.

New York Cares Youth Volunteering Teen Volunteer Projects

Our service opportunities for teens are designed to get high school students actively engaged in their communities.

Whether they’re seeking to increase their awareness of issues in New York City or looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday, we have hundreds of opportunities to choose from. 

Opportunities for Teens and Families

Our Teen Friendly projects are perfect for getting teens in your school or community group involved in their neighborhoods.  Please note that all teen groups require a trained adult (21 or older) to participate. 

Volunteering is a meaningful way to spend time together as a family. We offer a number of "Family-Friendly" projects that allow volunteers to serve alongside their children.

More Opportunities

We welcome youth volunteers to join adult chaperones to revitalize public schools and clean and green parks and gardens on New York Cares Day Fall and Spring.

Since the Coat Drive began 27 years ago, we have collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to New Yorkers in need. Find out how you can participate.

Our Winter Wishes program provides holiday toys and gifts to over 42,000 children and families each year.

Other Opportunities

Many organizations offer opportunities for youth under the age of 18 to volunteer on their own. View our list of New York City nonprofits that welcome youth volunteers, or visit or for more service opportunities.

Changes to Our Youth Service Programs

As New York Cares embarks on a new strategic effort to effectively engage more youth and adult volunteers, we have decided to place our Youth Service Club and Teen Service Team programs on hold until the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. We are reevaluating how we provide opportunities for NYC youth to serve their communities and will be updating this page in the fall of 2017 with new opportunities. In the meantime, please consider taking advantage of our Teen Group Volunteering and Family Friendly Volunteering projects. Contact Maggie Bernhard, Manager, Group Volunteering Experience, at with any questions.