Volunteer Opportunities in the Permian Basin for Kids and Teens

Permian Kids has received several inquiries over the last few weeks from parents of teenagers searching for quality summer camps, programming, classes, etc.  We recognize there is a big opportunity locally for groups to provide quality camps/programs for teens!

We’ve listed a few camps for teens at the bottom, but we’ve also researched and found places for teens to VOLUNTEER locally.  If they have transportation, a giving heart, and helping hands, this could be a great time to teach your child about serving others and helping those in need.  By giving back to their community, teens can learn lessons in hard work and and skills that may transfer to an academic or work environment.

We welcome (and ask nicely, please and thank you!) more ideas and will do our best to keep this updated as we hear of additional programs for teens (age 13-18).

 First – Start Here

There are many volunteer opportunities in the area.  Please check out Midland Volunteers Connection to find a way to help our community in a way that’s meaningful to you – and others!

Second – Sample of volunteer opportunities

Sibley Nature Center

Sibley Nature Center is looking for High School or College Students to volunteer with our Youth Day Camps in July and August.

West Texas Food Bank

The West Texas Food Bank needs your help to fight hunger! Volunteerism is the heartbeat of the West Texas Food Bank.

Volunteers must be 15 years or older to volunteer at the Food Bank without a parent or guardian. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio. They require a two-hour volunteering minimum.

Petroleum Museum

Every Tuesday during the month of June, we will be hosting Movie Camp. Each Movie Camp will feature an animated movie, popcorn, and fun activities.  Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the activities throughout the day.  We will have one session from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and another from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm.  Volunteers may volunteer for one or both sessions.

Museum of the Southwest

Assist families and children with craft, art and science activities!  Great opportunity for family volunteers or Legacy/Texas Scholar students.

Midland Fairhavens

Compassionate childcare assistants support the staff with the Junior life skills sessions on Monday evenings.  An age-driven curriculum is used to help our youngest clients to learn to succeed in school & life!  A kind heart and a dedicated spirit is required – training is provided.

BEWARE!  You will receive an abundance of smiles and hugs from these precious kids!  Age 13+

Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center

We are looking for volunteers to help side walk alongside the horses while therapists conduct their sessions. Hippotherapy, or therapy on horseback, is a physical, occupational or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement.  Hippotherapy literally means  “treatment with the help of the horse.”

Midland Habitat for Humanity

Whether you have never felt the heft of a hammer or you are a master carpenter, Midland Habitat could use your skills building decent affordable homes in Midland.  The Habitat construction crew builds 6 days a week and could always use a couple more hands.

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers to package meals, ten volunteers are needed to package meals for homebound elderly and disabled individuals.  We are looking for permanent people to cover shifts Monday-Friday 8:30-10:45

Mission Agape

Be a Mission Agape Superhero!  Join in helping children and families in need.  They have multiple opportunities to serve in many programs.

Jubilee Center of Midland

We welcome volunteers from many different organizations around Midland including the Midland/Odessa nursing program and Junior League. We are an approved volunteer agency for the Legacy program at Midland College. If you are interested in working with us, we need volunteers every second and fourth Saturday of the month during our food pantries from 9:15-12pm. We could also use help unloading the truck on Friday mornings from 8:30-10:30 before pantry days. During the week, we can always use help gardening, stocking shelves, cleaning and organizing. Contact our director Greg Clark for more information.
**Note – they also have a PAID internship opportunity for high school graduates who can commit to 80 hours.

M.A.R.Y Ministries  (Adult Volunteers)

M.A.R.Y. Ministries is a non-denominational, non-judgmental environment for teen mothers ages 13 through 19. The group’s name stands for “Mothering As Responsible Youth,” and is a play off the name of the Biblical teen mother who gave birth to the son of God. For more information about the program, or to volunteer, please call or text the program assistant Robin Hobbs at 312-7450 or email ministries_mary@yahoo.com.

Midland Reporter-Telegram article 
*We realize this is for adults to volunteer only, but felt it a gift to our local teens themselves and that someone may find a calling to support local teens who need additional support and mentorship.

Third – Camps

Click each link to go directly to their offerings for teens.

Bush Tennis Center

Summer Tennis Programs – Including for Teens

COM Aquatics

Jr. High Swim Camp

Midland Christian School

Pan Camp (music) for grades 5-12

Odessa College

College for Kids – Grades 6-9
(Page 6 of this PDF) Science, Visual Arts, Culinary, Engineering/FAB Lab

Odessa College

Volleyball Camp – Grades 6-7

The Pottery Art Camp

Pottery, art, fun for age 10-15

Midland Community Theater

Summer DAZE Theater fun – Thru Grade 9

Please THANK each of these groups for offering opportunities for our kids locally to participate in quality programs.  The more demand there is from parents requesting quality programming, the more likely there will be for increased camps, classes, etc.



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Entertainment & Recreation

Chris Davidson Opportunity Park

This park will be breaking ground and moving from its current location on North “A” Street and Ventura Avenue to Briarwood Avenue, adjacent to the Bush Tennis Center.  This land has been generously donated and will include significant improvements and updates that will offer a variety of developmentally appropriate activities designed to promote the physical and social inclusion of all children, regardless of abilities.

To read more about the park, check out the Midland-Reporter Telegram article here  and video here

Cinergy Cinemas in Midland, TX

Movies are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, which is exactly why Cinergy has introduced sensory friendly screenings. One Saturday a month at 9:30am, Cinergy will present a family friendly film in an auditorium dedicated to guests affected by autism and sensory processing disorders. These showings will feature brightened light levels, reduced sound volume, and room for guest interaction and movement.

The current sensory-friendly screening schedule can be found here:

We reached out to the local contact and found out Midland, Odessa, and Copperas Cove all feature this schedule!


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MISD – Special Needs Services

Midland Independent School District (MISD)

MISD provides special needs services through the Special Needs Services Department of MISD. Midland ISD provides a comprehensive educational program for students with disabilities from birth through age twenty-one. A free, appropriate public education is offered through the provision of special programs and related services designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

In special educational, as many parent advocates already know, understanding and following timelines and deadlines are critically important to making sure your child has his or her needs met.  Many request for services, expected response letters, request for IEP meetings, and applications for appeals must adhere to specific number of day deadlines.

If you plan to request special need services from MISD it’s important to read and familiarize yourself with their operation guidelines.

Operating Guidelines for Special Education Services

MISD provides the opportunity for some special needs services for preschool students in a general education preschool classroom at a few local schools in Midland.  Please call their office to inquire about criteria for special education preschool requirements.

MISD also provides transition services from high school and believes that parents are an important member of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee and have a particularly important role in helping students during the transition process from high school into the world of adult activities.  The better you understand the transition process, the better able you will be able to help your student design a high school program that will facilitate the attainment of identified postsecondary goals.

Transition services must begin by the first IEP in effect when a student turns 16 years old. Transition planning should begin before the student is 16 years old (age 14 in Texas). All students with disabilities should receive transition planning as part of their IEP meetings. The student and his or her IEP team create a vision for the future, and then each year specific goals and services are identified to work toward that vision.

Transition Planning in Texas: Fast Facts for Parents (English)

Transition Planning in Texas: Fast Facts for Parents (Spanish)

Midland ISD provides a long list of resources for parents here.

Many on the list are local or Texas organizations that may be helpful when researching and looking for information and services for your child.

For more information about MISD Special Services, call them at (432) 240-1401.

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Midland Childrens Rehab Center

Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center (MCRC)

Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center (MCRC) is a non-profit organization providing occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and services for Dyslexia.  They also offer several enrichment programs that include aquatics, hippotherapy, open gym, POWER, Unlimited Dance Company, and We are the World Camp.  Camp is held in the summer for five week-long sessions as well as in the winter and spring for shorter sessions, consisting of one or two days.

The Center was started in 1956 and is the only facility serving primarily infants through 22 years of age.

The mission of MCRC is to change the lives of children by providing neurological and orthopedic therapy, in a compassionate environment, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

They provide these services at little or no cost to the families. To date the Center has never charged for services and relies on the generosity of the community to be able to do so.

To begin services with MCRC, contact your physician. You will need a referral for therapy.  Once you have a referral, the parent or primary caregiver can contact MCRC to request intake paperwork and an evaluation. I have been told it may take several months to get an evaluation so I want to stress the importance of getting a referral as soon as possible to begin the process.

Complete Intake Package paperwork can be found here.  It is 16 pages, to be filled out by hand and mailed or returned directly to the MCRC office. Call MCRC directly with any questions you have at (432) 498-2053.

Speech Intake Package paperwork can be found here.  It is 25 pages, to be filled out by hand and mailed ore returned directly to the MCRC office.

You may contact MCRC directly with any questions you have at (432) 498-2053.

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Hillcrest School

Hillcrest School

Hillcrest School is a private, not-for-profit SACS CASI accredited school for students with learning differences in grades K-12. They specialize in helping students with dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder reach their maximum potential.

 The Hillcrest School is a unique independent, not-for-profit school serving learning different students. The success-based student to staff ratio contributes to student’s academic and social development which ensures overall achievement. In a nurturing environment, the combined efforts of multi-sensory techniques, interdisciplinary curriculum and organizational strategies result in successful opportunities for all learners.

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Bynum School

Bynum School

Bynum School located at 8404 West County Road 60 in Midland, TX.  They are currently building a new school site on Avalon Drive in Midland.

Bynum School is the only year-round school in the Permian Basin, public or private, that provides an uninterrupted continuum of services for children and adults who have special needs.

Collaborative programs and services are integrated into educational experiences for children. Collaborations include interactive day camps, family and sibling support projects, speech therapy, physical therapy and music therapy. Bynum School offers individualized, comprehensive programs to meet the needs of each student.

For Preschool – High School and Vocational programs Bynum tuition is approximately $10,000/year.  For Adult Day programs tuition is approximately $11,000/year.  Please check with the school directly for up to date tuition costs as they are subject to change.

In addition to Academic Programs,  Bynum School also offers Music therapy and Speech therapy.  For additional occupational and physical therapy, Bynum School contracts with Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center (MCRC)

Contact Information and Hours can be found here. The direct number to the office is (432) 520-0075

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