Youth Programs Division

Opportunities for Youth

To Volunteer, youth can participate in Youth Volunteer Corps, through which we create volunteer service-learning events.

For rising 7th and 8th graders, we offer the Summer Service Learning Institute, which offers 4 weeks of intensive leadership and volunteer skill development and engages youth in multiple volunteer projects.

For high school and college youth ages 15 and up, the Summer Youth Employment Program provides positions reserved for youth to work during the summer months with City Departments.

Mentoring Resources for Individuals and Programs

"One in three young people will grow up without a mentor outside their family. This is the mentoring gap in America."  MENTOR

The City of Charleston seeks to connect potential mentors to mentoring programs through the Mentoring Connector to overcome this gap.

The Mentoring Connector is a volunteer referral service and the only database of its kind designed to help quality youth mentoring programs recruit volunteer mentors. Programs meeting baseline quality standards are added to the publicly searchable referral database, and volunteers can search for mentoring opportunities by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type to find and contact programs of interest. 

Click on the link below to start your journey as a Mentor today!  

Mentoring Connector (Link)

Mentoring organizations interested inbeing listed can also use the Link to the Connector, and can contact Samuel Bellamy that feel they may qualify based on these standards to list their mentor opportunity are welcome to click on the Link above to do so.  If you need assistance, contact Samuel Bellamy, Jr, with SC Mentors at .

Mayor Tecklenburg launched the Mayor's Mentoring Consortium to be a resource to Mentoring organizations in January 2021.  For more information, click Mayor's Mentoring Consortium.