Thank you for your interest in volunteering with NYRR Youth and Community Services. Please read through the descriptions of YCS volunteer opportunities below to learn more about our different volunteer roles. You can sign up for available volunteer roles through your My NYRR account.
Please note: Those interested in volunteer opportunities that work directly with our youth runners are required to complete and pass a screening process before being assigned to some specific roles. This process is necessary to help secure the safety of our children.
Race Buddies have a direct impact in a child’s life by running alongside and motivating a youth runner to finish a New York Road Runners race. We have youth runners at a range of paces, and we will make an effort to match you with one or more runners of an appropriate pace, but please be prepared to go slower than your usual pace.
Throughout the school year NYRR Youth & Community Services produces small (10 – 50 participants) and large (500 – 2,500 participants) running and fitness events. Volunteers who support these endeavors are assigned to a variety of roles, including, but not limited to, registering participants, organizing participants for their races, distributing t-shirts, water, and food to participants, cheering on and directing participants throughout the course, and managing baggage for teams. In whichever role they perform, volunteers contribute to the success of NYRR Youth & Community Services events and help coaches, parents, and children have a fun and empowering day!
There are several events throughout the year to supplement or raise money for our youth programs or to honor participants and fundraisers. Those events include banquets, parties, fundraisers, and other social gatherings. Volunteers who support these endeavors are assigned to a variety of roles, including but not limited to set-up and clean-up; event check-in; selling raffle tickets; mingling; and escorting or directing attendees.
Fitness Fair Activity Assistants have the opportunity to interact with youth throughout New York City and simultaneously experience the fun and excitement of health fairs, cultural festivals, and sports expos. Volunteers help organize running and fitness activities (such as relay races, fitness games, and obstacle courses) for the children present. The number of children varies.
Volunteers who assist staff members in the office help improve the efficiency of programs in order to better serve our youth constituency. These volunteers work on a variety of projects such as outreach, event planning, fundraising, data entry, phone calls and faxing, assembling packets, and assisting with mailings.
Young Runners motivates students of all ages to set and achieve personal fitness goals. The program is free to public schools and community centers in New York City. Participants learn to run distances from 1 to 6 miles without stopping. While intended to be physically challenging, Young Runners is designed for children of all fitness and athletic levels. Assistant Coaches help the head coach of a Young Runners team lead practices, including running alongside participants, organizing fitness games, motivating runners, and leading warm-ups, cool-downs, and stretching. Assistant Coaches share the gift of running with our Young Runners program participants and become a positive role model for the teams.
Mighty Milers is free school- and community-based program that encourages youth participants of all fitness levels and abilities to walk or run a half-mile two to five times a week. The elementary and middle school students set and track goals, earning incentive rewards along the way. Mighty Milers Motivators assist school/community center personnel with their regular Mighty Milers sessions and special events by providing motivation and cheerleading!