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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Jr. High Swim Camp
Midland Christian School
Pan Camp (music) for grades 5-12
College for Kids – Grades 6-9
(Page 6 of this PDF) Science, Visual Arts, Culinary, Engineering/FAB Lab
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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