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2 Lincoln Street, 2nd Fl. Essex Junction, VT 05452

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Interested in volunteering for one of the TeenLine positions?

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TeenLine Volunteer Opportunities

 

Information & Referral (I & R services)

In accordance with national and state professional guidelines, our I & R Services link youth (or their families) to partner agencies/resources that can address virtually any need, including access to food, shelter, health care, transportation, crisis intervention, employment assistance, counseling, LBGTQ support, recreation, and substance abuse

Prevention.

Information & Referral Specialist Volunteer

DESCRIPTION: The I&R volunteer is a skilled, supportive individual who connects youth, their parents/guardians, and other support networks to the resources needed to assist them.

 

BENEFITS:

  • Trained in information & referral services

  • Learn about valuable youth services and resources

  • Gain experience in youth work

  • Enhance communication skills

  • Become part of a larger network of enthusiastic staff, volunteers, community members, and organizations

 

DUTIES:

  • Handle various types of calls from youth or parents/guardians seeking youth services & programs

  • Enter and maintain caller data in the database

  • Research and provide referrals to callers

  • Research & understand the function of organizations in the database to ensure accurate referrals

  • Record missing resources from database

  • Assist with TeenLine Youth Food Shelf as needed

  • Assist with Outreach Efforts as needed

  • Attend occasional trainings and meetings

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 18 years or older

  • Compassionate individuals eager to work with youth

  • Experience with Microsoft Office and/or databases preferred, not required

 

HOURS:

  • Minimum of 4 hours/week; Flexible

 

 

 

Safe Place

 

The Safe Place program provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program youth-friendly businesses and organizations as “Safe Place Sites”, which display the yellow and black sign. Trained site employees then contact Essex CHIPS and trained volunteers who connect the youth with the necessary resources and supports.

 

Safe Place Responder Volunteers

DESCRIPTION: Safe Place Responders are individuals who respond to calls from Safe Place Sites and transport youth from the site to Essex CHIPS.


BENEFITS:
Gain experience in youth work
Training provided
Become part of a larger network of enthusiastic staff, volunteers, community members, and organizations


DUTIES:
Respond to youth at Safe Place Site when “on-call”
Complete necessary paperwork and evaluation forms
Attend occasional trainings and meetings


QUALIFICATIONS:
Must be 21 years or olders
Must have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance
Must have a reliable automobile


HOURS:
Flexible- you choose when you are “on-call"
 

Safe Place Outreach & Administration

DESCRIPTION: Safe Place Outreach & Admin Volunteers assist the Safe Place Coordinator in a variety of ways to ensure the successful planning, promotion, and performance of Safe Place.


BENEFITS:
Gain experience in marketing, event planning, & other outreach
Enhance presentation & written communication skills
Become part of a larger network of enthusiastic staff, volunteers, community members, and organizations


DUTIES:
Assist in Safe Place Community Presentation
Assist in fundraising activities/event planning
Maintain Safe Place Database

Perform Annual “Site Checks” at Safe Place sites

Attend occasional trainings and meetings


QUALIFICATIONS
18 years or older


HOURS:
1-4 hours M-F
Flexible based upon your availability
 

If you have questions about SAFE PLACE or are interested in becoming a site partner, outreach post, or TeenLine Volunteer, please contact us.

Marc Allen

AmeriCorps VYDC Youth Services Coordinator

(802) 878-6982 ext. 107

Justin Hoy
Director of Prevention Services

(802) 878-6982 ext. 106

TeenLine is a pilot program of Essex CHIPS that seeks to connect area youth with a broad range of services that enable them to live healthier lives and better fulfill their potential. TeenLine is not simply a phone line for youth, but a life-line to essential services, which can be accessed by phone, text, and in-person. TeenLine is available both to youth in need of services, and their

parents/guardians seeking to support them. Teen-Line consists of three key components:

 

1. Information & Referral Services  (I & R), in accordance with national and state professional guidelines, that link youth (or their families) to partner

agencies/resources that can address virtually any need, including access to

food, shelter, health care, transportation, crisis intervention, employment

assistance, counseling, LBGTQ support, recreation, and substance abuse

prevention.

 

The Teenline specialized I & R services are accessible by simply calling or texting and asking for TeenLine.

 

2. Safe Place sites and services, where a distressed youth can walk into any

business with the bright yellow Safe Place site sign (including some libraries,

businesses, and town offices), and ask for assistance. The trained staff at

those sites will make the youth comfortable, and then call the Safe Place

office at Essex CHIPS, where a staff member and/or volunteer will be

dispatched to the site to meet with the youth and bring her/him back to the

Safe Place office.

 

Staff and volunteers will then connect the youth the immediate services they need, such as food, shelter, transportation, and early crisis intervention.

 

Teens can also text the word “SAFE” and their current location (Street Address, City, State) to 4HELP (44357) for immediate help, with the option for interactive texting with a live Safe Place counselor.

 

Teen-Line is operating the first licensed Safe Place program authorized by the National Safe Place Network.

 

 

3. Youth Food Shelf, a specialized food pantry for youth that not only helps a

young person with immediate food needs, but does so within a teen friendly

environment staffed by youth services specialists who are trained to “look

beneath the surface, to identify underlying needs that require Safe Place or

I & R services.

Essex, Essex Junction, Westford Safe Place Sites:

BROWNELL LIBRARY

ESSEX FREE LIBRARY

ESSEX PARKS & RECREATION

ESSEX JUNCTION RECREATION & PARKS