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.