Presented in partnership with the Lucky Duck Foundation, our “Be a Friend” program pairs volunteers from the greater San Diego community with Urban Street Angels youth. Volunteer “friends” will assist youth with necessary life activities, share knowledge and life skills, and have the opportunity to communicate with youth and spend time outside of the program. This relationship continues long after youth graduate from our program.

“Friends” should expect to make a one-year commitment to the program, and agree to meet in person with their youth at least once or twice per month, along with weekly check-ins by text and phone. Friends are asked to complete timely documentation of monthly activities, and are encouraged to only provide drinks and a meal in lieu of monetary or material gifts. Listening with empathy, compassion, patience, and an open mind are a key to forging a successful relationship with our youth.

Preparation for becoming a Friend includes a brief training session of no more than 2 hours, along with an application. If you are interested in this program, please contact mentor@urbanstreetangels.org to learn more.