Summer Youth Leadership Advisor


KOM runs a Youth Leadership Fellows program during the summer that includes workshops, trainings, and individual and small group youth-led service learning projects for Karen youth. In Summer of 2024, KOM will host six youth fellows in the program. Volunteers will help support as workshop aids, projects advisors, and possibly guest presenters. There is also an opportunity to chaperone youth on an end-of-summer trip to Knyaw Camp, a camp organized by The Urban Village for Karen and Karenni youth and young adults to reconnect with their roots.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project support:
    • Attend 1-3 class sessions per week to stay up to date on students’ projects
    • Support students’ project goal timelines, and time management skill development
  • Knyaw Camp
    • Chaperone a weekend trip to camp as a culmination of their summer program
  • Transportation
    • Help provide transportation to and from class sessions, if able

Time commitment: 

Available to help at least 2 hours per week. Class sessions will be 3 hours each day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, time of day TBD. Tuesday will generally be introductions to topics and trainings, while Wednesday and Thursday will be project workshop days. The program is from June 25th, 2024 to August 29th, 2024, and volunteers are asked to commit to the end of August, if able.


Class sessions will be held at KOM’s main office in Roseville (2353 Rice Street, Suite 240, Roseville, MN 55113), unless otherwise determined.


Patient, flexible and self-motivated college students or adults who have a passion for supporting youth in their leadership development, as well as academic, cultural, and emotional learning. Volunteers who identify as Karen and/or Karenni, or have experience working within the Karen and Karenni communities are preferred.


Volunteers are required to log their volunteer hours through our online database, or report their hours to KOM’s Volunteer Coordinator on a regular basis.


The volunteer has the opportunity to grow their leadership advising skills, communication skills, gain understanding of youth development, and be involved/connected in their community.

How to apply/contact: 

Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will complete an interview to discuss their availability and interest. The volunteer will then complete orientation and the necessary forms, and be subject to a background check. The volunteer will then be connected with the Program Coordinator.

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