Youth In Action Summer Program

Sponsored by the City of Columbia’s Volunteer Programs

To learn more about this year’s program, contact Taylor Fredrick, Youth In Action Intern.

Youth Volunteering at Family Fun Fest

What is Youth In Action?

Youth in Action is a summer volunteer program aimed at kids ages 12-15. The program is an activity of the City of Columbia’s Volunteer Programs. Youth in Action is an exciting way for kids to contribute to their community this summer, make new friends, and learn new skills! Youth in Action volunteers will have an opportunity to help with a number of activities for the City of Columbia and other community agencies. Volunteers will also get to take a closer look at their local government and learn more about their community. City of Columbia staff will organize volunteer activities throughout the summer and invite Youth In Action volunteers to help out. There will be 30-35 half-day volunteer opportunities for youth. YIA volunteers are invited to participate as their schedule allows and can help with one or several of the opportunities! Activities will be held on weekdays and weekends at a variety of times. Youth volunteers will be supervised by City of Columbia Volunteer Programs staff.

What are the benefits of volunteering with Youth In Action?

  • Do something great with your extra time during the summer
  • Work alongside other youth that share your interests
  • Learn more about your community
  • Do something important for others and your town
  • Gain new skills
  • Get experience you can put on your resume
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun!

What type of volunteer projects will be included in YIA?

There will be a wide range of volunteer projects both for the City of Columbia and for other community agencies. There may be some volunteer activities associated with a special event or festival. There will be mix of indoor and outdoor activities as well as activities on weekdays and weekends. Participants will be able to choose the activities they are involved in based on their interests and schedule. Check out our updated Activities List posted below. For details concerning projects, contact the Office of Volunteer Services.


How can youth participate?

All YIA participants will be notified of the schedule of summer volunteer activities by mail, e-mail or by checking the web. All youth who would like to participate need to complete an application and submit it to the City of Columbia’s Volunteer Programs. Click here for an application¬†available in a PDF file or register online now. All applications will be reviewed to ensure that the participate is the appropriate age and has a sincere interest as a participant. Once accepted as a participant, all Youth In Action participants will be notified of activities by mail or e-mail. It is important that participants respond if they can attend projects; in some cases we will limit the number of volunteers who can participate based on the nature of the project. Volunteers for each program will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the activity has reached its maximum number of volunteers. All participants must have an application on file with Volunteer Programs that is signed by a parent or guardian. Some activities with agencies and organizations outside the City of Columbia may require an additional signed release form to be handled as needed.


The City of Columbia Volunteer Programs agree to:

  • Communicate YIA activities and details about them to participants.
  • Supervise YIA participants at all volunteer activities.

Youth In Action Volunteers agree to:

  • Participate in the volunteer activities in which he or she is registered.
  • Give full effort to the volunteer project at hand.

Parents/Guardians of Youth In Action Volunteers agree to:

  • Drop off and pick up their YIA participant at the assigned times or arrange for transportation.


Please contact the Volunteer Programs – we’d love to hear from you!


Volunteer Programs
P.O. Box 6015
Columbia, MO 65205
work: 874-7499 -cell: (573) 239-5357 fax 874-7546
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