Volunteers generally meet one evening a month with their fellow panelists at a pre-determined date and time and will see 3-5 cases, including both new cases and callbacks. Volunteers serve in the community in which they either reside or work in order to accurately reflect the community as a whole.
All volunteers are required to go through a 4-day, 12 hour training session which takes place in the evenings. The training teaches asking effective questions, how to manage youth in trouble, motivating factors, and what resolutions to provide in order to help the youth back on the right track. In addition to attending the training session, volunteers are asked to obtain (to gather/ to receive) Child Abuse Clearances, a Criminal Background Check, and an FBI Clearance (can be substituted with an affidavit). Obtaining clearances are FREE since they will be requested by a volunteer standpoint, and we will accept clearances from other organizations as long as they are up to date. *To note, any record will NOT hinder you from becoming a panelist so please answer honestly.
If you would like to become a volunteer, please fill out the form below and you will be contacted within 48 business hours.
To become a volunteer for the Youth Aid Panel program, we ask you come prepared with the following clearances: Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Clearances, and an FBI Background check (Only if you have not lived in the state of PA for at least the last 10 consecutive years). More information on obtaining clearances can be found in this PDF: Background Checks/Clearances
*Having a record of any kind does not hinder your chances of becoming a panelist. All are welcome to apply.