Student Programs


YMCA STUDENT PROGRAMSY Student Programs, YMCA at Virginia Tech

Are you interested in volunteer work or just looking to get involved on campus? The YMCA at Virginia Tech’s Student Programs provide excellent opportunities for students who want to make a positive impact in the community. Since 1873, the YMCA has helped Hokies find their passion for service between campus and community. Our student-led programs match a variety of interests and schedules.

Contact Info

Phone: (540) 961-9622
Staff Email: outreach@vtymca.org
President Email: sofiaj1@vt.edu

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Volunteer Opportunities:

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Do you LOVE working with kids? Check out our programs to find out more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children through the Y!

Margaret Beeks After School Program  |  Monday-Thursday 3:15-5:15 pm

Volunteers assist students in 2nd – 5th graders with homework help, hands-on enrichment activities, and games. The environment is fun and fast-paced. YMCA Program Leaders plan and facilitate all aspects of the program, and can help carpool volunteers to Margaret Beeks Elementary.  Volunteers can also get there for free with bus by taking the South Main St. bus route.

Prices Fork After School Program  |  Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:25-4:45 pm

Tutor 3rd – 5th grade students at Price’s Fork Elementary School.  The group environment allows volunteers to tutor either one-on-one or with in small groups and encourages students to learn from their peers. Teachers are available during the program to assist and answer questions, and YMCA Program Leaders arrange carpool for volunteers.

Blacksburg Middle School After School Program  |  Monday – Friday 

Choose from one of three one-hour class periods to assist teachers in the classroom with remedial math assistance for students in 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Work one-on-one with students who truly need your help and get a taste for professional teaching experience through working with your host teacher.

SENIOR CONNECTIONS

Volunteers get paired with a senior based on their mutual interests.  They hang out with seniors at Warm Hearth Village by socializing, sharing craft activities, exchanging stories, and celebrating life.  A Warm Hearth volunteer training session is required in addition to the YMCA’s volunteer orientation, in order to be prepared for the special needs of the elderly population. Senior Connections is about building relationships, so we ask volunteers to commit to volunteering weekly for at least a semester, and to attend group activities whenever possible. Your “adopted grandparent” just might become one of your closest friends!

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITES

ALTERNATIVE SERVICE BREAKS  |  Upcoming Trip: San Juan, Puerto Rico during Spring Break

Contact Ben Galdo beng13@vt.edu for more information about this year’s plans!

Over the years, YMCA students have volunteered around the globe. Past locations include Pine Ridge, South Dakota; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Mandeville, Jamaica. Topics range from community development to disaster relief and environmental restoration.  Trips occur during fall, winter, and spring breaks. Participation in fundraising efforts and pre- and post-trip reflection meetings is required. Follow the link above to view our current trip schedule!

 

SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS

Y-toss  |  Year Around  

Be a part of the Y’s premier student-led sustainability initiative, helping the Virginia Tech community keep 6 to 10 TONS of gently-used furnishings out of the landfill and affordably into the hands of incoming students who need them. Each year, volunteer student leaders with plan and implement Y-toss Collection in May and the Y-toss Sale in August, to benefit our various programs listed above. Click Here for more information and consider joining our planning team

Leadership Opportunities:

Each of the programs listed above is completely student-led! Volunteer leaders also serve on our Council to manage volunteer recruitment, marketing, fundraising, and finance, in addition to planning community activities for current students and alumni. There are a variety of positions to match a range of interests and strengths, and it’s a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience and live out Virginia Tech’s motto Ut ProsimWe recruit at the end of every semester for these opportunities. If you’re interested, feel free to view our Program Leader Application, and email us for details!