Now that your organisation has decided to actively host youth volunteers and welcome them into the organisation, the real work begins! 


You need a strong process in place to screen the applicants, and then match the skills and interests to the specific work of the organisation. Before the actual recruitment, screening and matching of young volunteers begins, it is helpful to ensure that you have a meaningful volunteer program in place that will be attractive to the youth. If young people approach the organisation themselves and express an interest in your work, find out what they are good at, what their interests and motivations are and be warm, relaxed and welcoming. It can take some time to assess the strengths of each young person, as they might feel unsure about what they can offer. Show these young people that your organisation accepts and respects the skills and commitment that they bring into your organisation or program.