Did you know that if you qualify for work study OR if you are interested in volunteering, there are many opportunities available at the Boys & Girls Club in Richmond

If you qualify for work study, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Richmond have a variety of opportunities you may want to consider. Please speak with your work study liaison at VCU about setting up a meeting with a unit representative to get started. The activities that you might find yourself doing as a work study student or just as a volunteer at one of the Boys & Girls Clubs include:

  • Working with students in the Tech Lab to help them with online learning programs and games
  • Helping out with the sports, fitness, & recreation center by organizing and leading fun activities for students that involve both traditional and non-traditional sports
  • Working with health and life skills program by leading discussions with students on such topics as childhood obesity and peer pressure.  This part of the program also includes working with local organizations such as 4H and getting knowledgeable speakers in to engage the students.
  • Helping out with the homework assistance program, Power Hour, by tutoring students after school and helping them with their homework
  • Chaperoning field trips and special events for the kids
  • Getting involved with music lessons, dance classes, and cheerleading

***As a reference, the main office works with about 80 students between the ages of 6-12 each day and about 35 students between the ages of 13-18 each day.  These age groups are kept separated for activities, and groups are split by grade level for homework tutoring.

If you are interested, please contact their main office at:

910 South Harrison Street
Richmond, VA 23220-6468
(804) 359-1477

Or check out their website to get an application so you can begin volunteering soon.

They take volunteers all throughout the year and have flexible schedules! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Burgess at 804-359-5250, aburgess@bgcmr.org or Syomn Long-Miller at 804-353-3246, slmiller@bgcmr.org

The closest Boys & Girls Club locations to campus are the Central and West End units.

As an LSEE major, getting hands on experience working with children is a great way to improve your skills as a future educator.  That said, did you know that the City of Richmond has a variety of after school and Day Care programs that you could work at?

Click on the follow link for a list of organizations to consider in searching for an opportunity that fits you!

Richmond Day Care Contacts

Did you know that VCU Jobs has after school and daycare center placements for students that are paid?

Yes, it’s true! VCU’s Co-op, or "cooperative education," allows students to combine classroom learning with PAID, supervised work experiences related to their majors. Virginia Commonwealth University's co-op program places students in Richmond and throughout the United States with governmental agencies, private industries, small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Upon graduation, co-op students have both a degree and practical work experience that will help them succeed in the work place.

Co-op students have valuable opportunities to:

  • earn partial funds to support a college education
  • make professional contacts
  • develop professional work habits
  • test career interests

Who is eligible?

Co-op is open to all degree-seeking VCU students. Undergraduates must have completed at least 23 semester credits. Transfer students must complete one full semester at VCU before becoming eligible for the program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • An overall grade point average of 2.5 is required for sophomores;
  • Juniors and seniors must have a 2.0 grade point average.
  • Graduate and certificate students must be in good academic standing with the university.

Employers may set their own eligibility requirements, and they have the final decision in the hiring process.

Co-op offers two types of work schedules.

  1. The parallel schedule enables students to work 15 to 20 hours per week while attending classes. Parallel students must carry a minimum of six credits per semester (summer semester excluded).
  2. The alternating schedule allows students to rotate between semesters of full-time study and full-time work. In order to maximize the co-op experience, most students will work two or more semesters with co-op employers.

Once placed, co-op students register for the appropriate non-credit co-op course each semester they work (including summer semesters) and pay the co-op fee of $35 for part-time placements and $70 for full-time placements.

For more information, please visit VCU Career Services.