_DSC0918For the 19th year, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) is once again offering summer volunteer opportunities for youth as part of their ongoing youth development programming. SVP, the middle school, program is open to current 6th and 7th grade students, and VOICE is open to current 8th – 11th grade students who want to participate in volunteer projects throughout the summer.

These programs give Mercer Island students the opportunity to raise their social awareness by working directly with populations in need around the greater Seattle area while volunteering alongside their peers. SVP and VOICE projects are plentiful and diverse. Participants in the program might cook a meal at a soup kitchen, tutor a child in need, participate in recreational activities with people living with disabilities, build a hiking trail in Snoqualmie, or much more.

Current 10th and 11th graders with two or more years of VOICE/SVP participation experience are encouraged to apply to be a Project Leader in Training (P-Lit), where they will assist Project Leaders on SVP volunteer projects.

Registration will open 10:00am on Wednesday, March 27 and close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 24. All P-Lit applications are also due by 5:00pm on April 24. Registration and the P-Lit application can be found online at www.mercergov.org/voice.

The 2013 VOICE/SVP programs will run from June 23 – August 16.

For more information, contact Tambi Cork, Youth Development Program Coordinator at MIYFS, at 206.275.7755 ortambi.cork@mercergov.org.