Youth Build

 

Stud Painting KidsAt Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity, we recognize the value in engaging youth in their community through fun, educational volunteer opportunities. Volunteering can be a powerful experience for all ages, but for children and teens it serves as a great opportunity to teach empathy, hard work, and community-mindfulness. We offer teens ages 16+ the opportunity to volunteer at our construction site and ReStore, but there are also a ton of great ways that younger children can get involved with Habitat!

There are a variety of ways that individuals and youth groups can get involved. Some examples are:

  • Hosting a penny drive at school to benefit Habitat
  • Organizing a painting party to paint the studs of a Habitat home before construction
  • Helping with special events that allow volunteers of all ages
  • Attending Dedication ceremonies and bringing canned goods to fill the homeowner’s pantry
  • Having a Habitat partner family speak to your youth group or organization about their journey
  • Organizing a new and gently-used book drive at your school to benefit our annual Books for Humanity event
  • Collect donations of small household items to take to our ReStore
  • Learn how your high school can implement its own Geometry in Construction program
  • Look into whether your school offers matching grants or participates in philanthropic programs like Give Next
  • And many more!

If you have ideas or would like more information on how your group can get involved, please contact Alex at 970-488-2609.

Check out what our youth partners have been up to recently:

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Youth United                           Youth volunteer at 2014 Rigden Celebration                                       High school students receive a matching grant from State Farm

Coyote RidgeEach year students from Coyote Ridge Elementary sell hand-painted magnets to raise funds for Habitat.

 

Youth come from everywhere!

  • Local middle school and high schools
  • Church/Faith youth groups
  • Youth Service Organizations (ex: Boy and Girl Scouts and local youth clubs)
  • Construction programs at local high schools and junior colleges. Habitat is currently partnering with students in the Geometry in Construction classes at Poudre High School to build a home.
  • Front Range Community College–drafting class helps to review our house plans

If you know of a group of youth that would like get involved please contact Alex Statham-Lardner at 970-488-2609 or AStatham@FortCollinsHabitat.org.