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Atherton Branch


Volunteer Opportunities

Complete the Volunteer Application Here

If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer for school, scholarships, or just want to give back to the community, let us help.  We have students from all fields of student completing their practicum or internship hours with us. 

Current students are pursuing their             Bachelors in:
  • Social Work
  • Public Health
  • Communications
  • Creative Media & Film
  • Korean Studies & Political Science
  • Biology
  • Global Environmental Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Philippine Language & Literature
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics
We also have students pursuing graduate degrees in:
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Public Administration
  • Nursing Administration

Here is our latest presentation with the East West Center on how students can get involved.  Feel free to skip through the three sections of the video: 1) history of the Y, 2) what makes Atherton so unique, and 3) how can you get involved?

Please contact us at [email protected] to be added to our email list or inquire about volunteering.


To protect the members and participants in our YMCA, all volunteers complete the same vetting process as our staff. 
  1. Complete an Application
  2. Speak to one of our Talent Management or Program Staff
  3. YMCA completes reference checks with 3 individuals
  4. Criminal Background & Sex Offender Registry check
  6. Volunteer completes additional volunteer paperwork
  7. Volunteer completes online Child Abuse Prevention training and any other department/program specific training needed.
*Note: Fingerprinting with the Department of Human Services may be required for specific sites.


  • Community Assessments - students are combining coursework and community by examining and prioritizing the needs Hawaii's teens and kupuna face.  After establishing these needs, students will look at opportunities to fill the gap and lend support to those most critically in need.
  • Programs & Leadership - The Atherton YMCA is dedicated to addressing the world's most pressing challenges through service.  Following the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, join our efforts to provide programs and services to the community or create an initiative of your own.
  • Teach Others - do you have a special talent, skill, or passion you're interested in sharing with others?  Music, language, or dance perhaps?  Anything you feel comfortable sharing and teaching others?  You can teach younger students or anyone interested in learning.
All volunteers (regardless of age) must complete a YMCA Volunteer Application.  If you are a minor, the YMCA will still complete 3 reference checks and require your parent/guardian's signature.  All volunteers 18 years of age and older must also pass a criminal background check.  Once on board, volunteers complete an online training on child abuse prevention and will receive coaching by our YMCA team.

If you are interested, email us! studentboard@ymcahonolulu.org

College Camp Mentoring

College students plan and execute learning opportunities as well as provide support systems to high school students from under-served communities. Participants from this program gain friends from all walks of life, greater self-confidence, greater outlook on their future, and are more knowledgeable about applying for and attending college.

Conservation Club

College students visit local Y programs and run activities highlighting the importance of conservation. Our environmentally focused program helps students learn about native Hawaiian culture and practices, living sustainably, and the importance of community service and collaboration.

Girl Power

"I became more confident." - Girl Power participant

The Girl Power Program is a program that creates a safe and open environment to help middle school girls discover their passions, strengthen their friendships, and feel empowered to tackle what life throws at them.  Led by college mentors, this program focuses on developing a positive self-image, awareness of social media, and awareness of social pressures and its effects on health.

We hold Girl Power at the Kaimuki, Kalihi, and Nu`uanu YMCA middle school after-school programs.

Keiki Outreach Initiative

The Keiki Outreach Initative (KOI) is dedicated to tutoring and providing healthy activities for houseless children currently living at the Institute for Human Services.

KOI participants organize educational lessons, games and activities for the children and help them learn in a safe space. The main goal of KOI is to impact and learn from those less fortunate and to share the values of respect, responsibility, caring and honesty with others.

100% of participants surveyed felt that the program made them excited about the future and that they feel safe at program.

Y Tutors

"Giving a child the confidence to succeed in school is a big deal to me. The youth of today will have a huge role in determining our future and their education matters." - Y Tutors volunteer

Y Tutors is a student-led, volunteer tutoring program. Participants devote one day a week to tutoring elementary aged students in a YMCA of Honolulu after school program in the Honolulu district. All schools are conveniently located near the University of Hawaii at Manoa and accessible to students without a car.

Students tutor in math, English, science, and history as well as promote healthy living, social responsibility and youth development. Tutoring sessions usually run from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.