Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in Volunteering at Youth Pride, Inc.?  There are several ways you can get involved!  If you are a youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who is interested in volunteering, please reach out to a staff member directly.

If you are 24 years of age or older, please fill out the volunteer application here.

We are currently looking for volunteers who are:

- Interested in working with our Youth Programming Counsel to plan an activity within the drop-in center such as a workshop or training.

- Interested in helping keep our center clean!  YPI does not have a contracted cleaning service, and no matter how youth and staff stay on top of it, our center gets dirty!  If you are interested in dedicating regular time to sweeping, dusting, mopping, etc, we could use your help!

-Interested in helping out at our annual event.

-Interested in facilitating an identity-based group.

-Have a large truck and time to assist with hauling furniture as we update our space.

-  Have the following skills to offer:

  • Carpentry
  • Wall Painting
  • Organization/Interior Design
  • IT appraisal
  • Tailoring
  • Drag-related skills
  • Self-defense or martial arts
  • Yoga

New! Mentors for LGBTQQ Youth

YPI is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State for a LGBTQQ Youth Mentoring program that will match youth between the ages of 11 and 21 in long-term, one-on-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteer mentors (who are at least 19 years old).

A prospective mentor participates in a thorough interview so that the Program Coordinator can get to know them. The goal is to make the best match possible--pairing a youth sharing similar interests with the volunteer, or whose needs match with the mentor's skills and experience.

Volunteers must provide references, and the agency orders a criminal background check. The initial commitment for a mentor is for one year. Visits with a youth will be bi-weekly at Youth Pride Inc. under the guidance of BBBSOS and YPI staff. The program will be curriculum-focused on topics such as LGBTQQ history, gender identity, and safer sex. 

Other opportunities

We occasionally have volunteer needs for one-time events, such as cleaning days, Pride support, Annual Event support, etc.  Once you have filled out the volunteer form, your email will be added to a list and you will then receive electronic requests for these opportunities. 

Upon receipt of your application, staff will contact you to set up an interview.  Please allow a few weeks for this process.  At the time of the interview, or before you can start volunteering in the space, we will need to get a copy of a recent Bureau of Criminal Information (BCI) check. A BCI check can be obtained from the RI Attorney General's office with a check or money order for $5 (no cash). Follow this link for further information.


If you are interested in being a member of our Board of Directors, please contact Kerri Kanelos, Executive Director.