Get Involved

Volunteers need no special background or experience; just a heart to serve and desire to make a difference. Contact us today to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available with VYJ!


Advocate for children
in the foster care system.

Breanna Turner

VYJ Community Engagement Manager


Educate caregivers in
relational trauma intervention.

Lucinda Miles

TBRI® Program Director

Gems & Gents

Provide support and guidance
to youth in our community.

Pamiko Pineset

Mentoring Coordinator

Teen Court or
Guest Speakers

Volunteer for teen Court or be a speaker at our Youth Diversion program.

Shonda Houston-Dotie

Youth Programs Director

Event Volunteer

Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators, CASA Superhero Run, and other Various Fundraising Events.

We have various events but Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators is our largest event and fundraiser.  This is a gumbo cook-off that takes place at Festival Plaza in Shreveport during March each year.  Our normal attendance is approximately 50 cooking teams and over 6,000 attendees.

 – Gumbo Committee Member – Participate on our gumbo committee throughout the year –

 – Day of Event Volunteer – Volunteer for one of the many spots we have available during the event.  (approximately 4 hours) –

Amie Caskey

VYJ Development Director