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Good Shepherd Volunteers connects recent college graduates to one-year, full time volunteer opportunities serving women, children, and adolescents affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. Our volunteers live together in intentional community, gain real-life experience in their full-time site placements, receive valuable training and development, and grow personally from the experience.
We currently have positions serving in youth counseling, education, foster care, domestic violence, and public policy. Our volunteers work side-by-side with experienced social workers, counselors, and educators, gaining tremendous foundation for their future careers. Many of our volunteers have gone onto graduate school once completing our program to pursue degrees in social work, education, medicine and law. Our placements are in New York City and New Jersey.

Collier High School

Situated on a 260-acre campus, Collier High School offers a specialized educational opportunity for about 150 students. Students come to Collier having had difficulty adapting to public schools due to emotional or psychological difficulties such as depression, anxiety, or behavioral issues. They are guided to reach their full potential and thrive due to a high staff-to-student ratio, a vibrant academic program, and a comprehensive personal counseling program.

There are 3-4 GSVs at Collier High School. GSVs at Collier are invited to use their unique gifts and talents to choose which way to best serve at this placement. Options include, but are not limited to teaching, tutoring, running sports/extracurricular groups, facilitating arts/theater/music events, youth counseling, curriculum development, clerical assistance, and ropes course instruction.

Start your career in social justice with us!

Real-life Experiences

  • Working side-by-side with experienced social workers, counselors, and educators, you'll find yourself learning and growing every day through real-life experiences.
  • Define your interests and gain skills that set you on a path to a rewarding career.

Supportive Community

Each volunteer is backed by a community composed of:
  • Fellow volunteers, who create a close-knit bond built through shared experiences
  • Accessible staff, who support the volunteers’ professional and personal growth throughout the year
  • GSV alumni and supporters, who stay involved with the program in various ways

Training & Development

  • Challenge yourself within a safe and supportive environment. Begin with a week-long orientation to meet your cohort, gain a deeper understanding of the mission and tenets that will serve as the foundation for your experience, and transition into community life.
  • Development continues across four weekend retreats throughout the year. In day-to-day work, each placement site offers professional supervision and training to support you in your role.
Additionally, you'll gain access to varied opportunities, such as training on trauma-informed practice, substitute teaching certification, United Nations Commission on the status of women, and many more.

Personal Growth

  • Get to know yourself and understand your impact on those around you. You will emerge from this challenging journey a better roommate, friend, family member, partner, and employee.

Good Shepherd Volunteers Information:
(917) 832-7904