Public Service

As young professionals and future leaders in foreign policy, YPFP recognizes the importance of giving back to our local communities through public service and volunteering opportunities. To that end, we are committed to connecting our members with the best opportunities to give back and engage with our local communities. 

Below is a list of organizations who have expressed an interest in connecting bright young professionals with volunteer opportunities.

Refugee Assistance Program (Washington, DC)

The mission of the YPFP Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) is to create a social support network of volunteer mentors for recently resettled refugees in the greater Washington, D.C. area. These relationships are integral to providing survivors of oppression, war, and political violence with assistance to build new lives in the United States. YPFP RAP volunteers engage directly with refugees, exerting a substantial impact on their lives and in the process gaining meaningful professional exposure and experience. In addition, RAP serves to educate the broader YPFP community about topics related to refugees, human rights, and immigration.

Find out how you can get involved!

American Councils for International Education (Washington, DC)

American Councils is seeking volunteers to evaluate foreign exchange students’ scholarship applications to spend a year in the U.S. living with a host family and attending U.S. high school.

Learn more: http://discoverflex.org/news-and-events/volunteer-opportunities/.

BEST Kids Mentoring Program (Washington, DC)

Become a mentor with BEST Kids Mentoring Program. BEST Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that empowers foster care youth in Washington D.C. by connecting them with long-term, caring, consistent mentors. Mentors and mentees are matched in a one-on-one capacity, and spend time exploring the DMV, working on independent living skills, and trying new activities together.

Each mentor is matched with a BEST Kids Mentor Coordinator for support throughout the course of their mentoring relationship, and in addition to monthly programming available for all mentors and mentees, BEST Kids also hosts a Superhero 5K, an annual Art of The Matter Gala, seasonal picnics and celebrations, and occasional happy hours and appreciation dinners for mentors.

In addition to having reliable access to a car, general requirements and responsibilities for BEST Kids mentors include:

  • Commit to be a mentor for a minimum of one year
  • Commit to spend 10 hours per month with your mentee, including weekly contact and a monthly Peer Group activity
  • Complete the background clearance process, and a pre-service training

The first step to becoming a mentor is to fill out the BEST Kids online application. Any questions or concerns can be sent to BEST Kids’ Mentor Recruiter, Danny Silbert, at daniel@bestkids.org

Washington English Center (Washington, DC)

Washington English is currently recruiting volunteer English teachers for our Spring 2016 term. Our Spring term begins April 2, 2016 with a volunteer training and classes begin on April 9th. 

WEC uses a unique co-teaching method to provide new volunteers with the support needed throughout the semester. We provide the course syllabus, textbook, and volunteer management to help in any way possible. The service volunteers provide to students is invaluable! For more information and to fill out an application, please visit our website: www.washingtonenglish.org/volunteers/.

If you cannot commit to co-teaching once a week for the twelve week Spring term, but you are still interested in being involved, we would be happy to put you on our substitute list or place you with a student who needs tutoring.

Important upcoming dates (Spring 2016):

Orientation/Training is Saturday, April 2nd from 10am-4pm. 

Weekend classes begin April 9th  and end June 26th (Saturday and Sunday 2-5pm)

Sunday AM classes begin April 10th  and end June 26th (Sundays 9am-12pm)

PM classes begin April 11th and end June 29th  (Monday-Thursday, 7-9pm)

AM classes begin April 11th and end June 30th (Monday-Thursday, 10am-1pm)

Students come to class multiple times, but your volunteer commitment is only once a week.

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, feel free to email, call, or stop by our volunteer office.
Phone: 202-387-0023
Address: 2200 California Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Metro: Dupont

National Park Service (Washington, DC)

Are you ready for a challenge? 

The National Park Service's centennial year is here, and we want to encourage everyone to take part in the celebration! We invite people of all ages to find their park and discover the national parks in their community through volunteerism.

Registered volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin!

Learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to get involved here.

LearnServe Venture Mentor Program

LearnServe International is seeking volunteers to coach talented high school students from across the DC region as they develop and implement their own social venture projects.

The LearnServe Fellows & Incubator Programs prepare high school students to become social entrepreneurs -- challenging them to identify the social problems that matter to them most, articulate a solution, and design a business plan around those ideas.  LearnServe Fellows & Incubators represent more than 30 public, private, and charter schools in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

As a Venture Mentoryou will join community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, consultants, and others as you work with student teams throughout the academic year. 

Mentors meet with students approximately 5 times per semester, from 5 - 6:30pm in Foggy Bottom and downtown DC.  All mentors are asked to complete a background check.


Sign Up.  To apply to be a mentor, please click here.

Learn More.  To learn more and view the session dates, please click here or contact Matt Scott at Matt@learn-serve.org or Shelley Rood at shelley@learn-serve.org.