Community-Based Mentor Program
Adult volunteers meet 1 to 2 hours weekly with their mentees one-on-one in the greater Ellensburg community. Whether it’s throwing a ball, baking cookies, or playing board games at a local coffee shop, the focus is always on the friendship. Children in this program range from ages 5-17. Although we request a minimum of a 12 month commitment, many of our volunteers have continued in their friendships for much longer. Please download application here.
Lunch-Time Mentor Program
Adult volunteers commit to meet during lunch-time for a full school-year (9 months) with their young friends on school grounds at Kittitas Elementary, Thorp Elementary, Valley View Elementary, Mt. Stuart Elementary and Lincoln Elementary. Children range from kindergarten to 5th grade and enjoy spending time with their adult friends engaging in diverse activities, including reading, board games, sports, tag, and art projects. Even though all contact takes place at school, there are no specific academic goals to achieve—the focus is simply on developing a friendship. Please download application here.
Mt. Stuart After School Club
Homework Club takes place Monday-Thursdays at Mt. Stuart Elementary School. Homework Club starts promptly at 2:45 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Youth Services of Kittitas County is looking for individuals 18 and older who are ready and willing to help children in grades 1-5 with their homework after school. Individuals will be required to pass a background check and comply with a list of requirements. Please download application here.
Rainier Avenue Park Day
Youth Services of Kittitas County will be holding Rainier Avenue Park Day on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Individuals interested in volunteering need to be ready and willing to participate in group activities with the children who live on Rainier Avenue. Volunteers will be required to pass a background check and comply with a list of requirements. Park Day is a fun and interactive time for all! Please download application here.
Valley View Playground Take Over
Youth Services of Kittitas County will be holding Valley View Playground Take Over’s from 10:00 pm to 10:45 am every Friday during the school year. Individuals interested in volunteering need to be ready and willing to participate in playground activities with the children who go to Valley View Elementary School, located at 1508 East Third Avenue in Ellensburg. Volunteers will be required to pass a background check and comply with a list of requirements. Valley View Playground Take Over is a fun experience for students and volunteers! Please download application here.
First Friday Art Walk
This program happens on the 1st Friday of every month and features local youth artwork from area schools. The event is hosted at the Youth Services location (213 W. 3rd Avenue) from 5-7pm.
Monthly Free Swim
The last Saturday of every month, from 3-4pm, Youth Services sponsors a free swim open to all families in the Kittitas County, located at the Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool (816 East 6th Avenue, Ellensburg, WA).
End of the Year BBQ
Historically, on the last day of school, Youth Services and the City of Ellensburg Parks and Recreation department sponsor a BBQ open to all Kittitas County families to celebrate the end of the school year. This fun event attracts hundreds to the Veterans Memorial Park located adjacent to the Kittitas Valley Memorial Park on 816 East 6th Avenue, Ellensburg, WA.