There are many ways to connect to the work of Side by Side, here are a few ways you can get involved:

Youth Volunteers

Youth may be interested in volunteering with Side by Side, including fulfilling volunteer hours required for school or other activities.  Side by Side has opportunities for youth to volunteer and help out around the Side by Side Youth Center including organizing and cleaning the center as well as providing support for special events like our annual Alternative Prom. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact us at info@sidebysideva.org.

Youth Engaged in Leadership (YEL)

In addition to participating in our weekly youth support groups in Richmond & Charlottesville, 14-20 year-old youth are encouraged to apply for YEL (Youth Engaged in Leadership).



Adult Facilitators

Side by Side utilizes volunteer adult facilitators to assist with our weekly support groups in both Richmond and Charlottesville.  We are looking for people dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ youth.  We provide training and resources to support our facilitator team, so no prior experience is necessary.  If you’re interested in becoming a Side by Side Facilitator, click here to download the Volunteer Application. Complete and email to info@sidebysideva.org.

Requirements for Becoming a Side by Side Facilitator:

  • Be able to physically attend groups in Richmond or Charlottesville

  • Be at least 25 years old

  • Complete the facilitator application

  • Complete facilitator training

  • Pass a background check

youth center volunteers

Side by Side regularly needs volunteers to assist around our youth center in Richmond, Virginia during regular business hours (M-F 9a-5p). Tasks include cataloging books in our library, organizing storage and craft areas, cleaning the center, and gardening outside. If you're interested in volunteering as an individual or a group for this opportunity please contact info@sidebysideva.org.

Special Event Volunteers

Side by Side hosts special events throughout the year, including our annual Springtime fundraiser and our annual Alternative Prom. We need volunteers for these once a year events.  We also welcome groups of volunteers interested in special projects including general upkeep of the Side by Side Youth Center. If you or a group you work with are interested in volunteering with Side by Side in this capacity please contact info@sidebysideva.org.

Board Service

Side by Side has three boards who provide support, guidance, and advice to our organization. Our Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and has fiduciary responsibility for the organization. Our Junior Board works to spread the word about Side by Side and manages a few smaller fundraising campaigns. And our Advisory Board is made up of community leaders who help advise the organization on strategic planning.  If you’re interested in connecting with Side by Side through Board Service on any of our boards please contact Ted Lewis.