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VOLUNTEER

Join our team for a youth program or fundraising event and support our mission to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport!

Open Field is seeking volunteers to join us in fulfilling our mission to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport. Become a coach mentor and implement soccer + life skills programming for immigrant and refugee youth across the City of Pittsburgh. Share your passion or skill set with youth participants by building relationships before, during, and after sessions. Or sign up to volunteer for a one-time event or initiative in the Pittsburgh region.

We are currently only accepting applications from ages 18+. We encourage you to email chloe@openfieldintl.org if you are under 18 and curious about how to get involved.

Youth Program Volunteer, “Coach Mentors”

Time Commitment: 2 days a week (M/W or T/TH) mid April- mid June + Training in early April
Location: Pittsburgh Classical Academy (West End)
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2024

Volunteer Coach Mentors at Open Field participate in seasonal programming as coaches, programmatic support, and mentors to youth ages 6-14.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead various ages of youth in soccer skills and games
  • Support Open Field staff in equipment distribution, field set up and clean up
  • Implement social emotional learning curriculum through meaningful conversations and activities
  • Commit to 2 nights a week (M/W or T/TH) for the season duration
  • Participate in pre-season training (Date TBA- beginning of April)
  • Must have (or acquire before start date) PAAct 33/34 Clearances (Criminal History and Child Abuse History- mandatory for all), FBI Fingerprint Background Check (unless resident of PA for 10 years or more).

Future Forward Soccer League Volunteer

Time commitment: April 20th- June 15th, Saturdays, 8am- 3pm (Time will vary depending on interest, i.e. option to work “1st”(morning) or “2nd”(afternoon) shift)
Location: Dunbar Park/ The Open Door (West End)
Deadline to apply: April 10, 2024

This Spring, Open Field is launching a league for high schoolers called the Future Forward Soccer League. The FFSL features three main components: Soccer + Life Skills (SEL), post-secondary opportunity exploration and preparation, and career readiness skill-building.

The FFSL will include teams from Open Field and partners in the Pittsburgh area. Each Saturday will include soccer games, and career/ college readiness workshops.

There are two different roles that FFSL volunteers may be placed in. Please specify what your preference is when you inquire- first choice is not guaranteed, but taken into consideration:

General Support Volunteers:

  • Assist with set-up/ clean-up
  • Assist with food distribution
  • General on-site support
  • Must have (or acquire before start date) PAAct 33/34 Clearances (Criminal History and Child Abuse History- mandatory for all), FBI Fingerprint Background Check (unless resident of PA for 10 years or more).

College/ Career Mentors:

  • Focused on support during enrichment workshops
  • To be paired with a team and provide one-on-one support in college readiness/ career readiness.
  • Must have (or acquire before start date) PAAct 33/34 Clearances (Criminal History and Child Abuse History- mandatory for all), FBI Fingerprint Background Check (unless resident of PA for 10 years or more).

Event Volunteer

Time Commitment: 1 day (day of event)
Deadline to Apply: Rolling, always open

Open Field holds fundraising events through-out the year, namely our annual event Taste of Home and Away, in late September. This is a good opportunity if you are unable to commit to a whole season of programming.

If choosing this option, we will add you to an outreach list and be in touch closer to the fall season.

Equipment Volunteer

Time Commitment: 1 day
Deadline to Apply: Rolling, always open

Open Field receives equipment via donations, and can always use help sorting/ organizing. This is a good opportunity if you are unable to commit to a whole season of programming.

If you choose this option, we will add you to an outreach list and be in touch as we plan equipment organization days. This is also a great option for groups (teams, corporate volunteer groups, clubs) to get involved in as a group.

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