High School Volunteers Program at The Kinney Center

The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University incorporates high school volunteers into Social Skills, Sports Programs, and Camp Kinney. Volunteers model age-appropriate socialization and behavior for learners with ASD.


  • The Kinney Center's Programing helps individuals with autism develop essential communication and social skills to improve particpant's relationships with family members, teachers, therapists and peers. High School Volunteers act as peer mentors to program participants increasing social motivation, or the desire to interact with others; initiation of social interaction, such as approaching others, making eye contact, and saying hello; and appropriate social responses, such as answering questions, taking turns, and exchanging salutations.
  • Saint Joseph's University, founded in Jesuit tradition, encompasses cura personalis - care of the person. Cura personalis calls for personal development across all aspects of student life, including a concern for others. "Persons for others" is another Jesuit ideology that is adopted by Saint Joseph's University faculty, staff, and students. It is believed that we are called to serve those less fortunate than ourselves while strengthening communities for the common good. High school students committing their time to the Kinney Center will become persons for others, joining in a long-standing tradition of service learning.
  • The service learning experience offered by the Kinney Center is an excellent opportunity for high school students interested in an autism-related major such as psychology, elementary education, special education, or interdisciplinary health services. In addition, volunteers who are interested in attending Saint Joseph's University have an advantage by getting a glimpse into college life and towards possible involvement in the Kinney Center's SCHOLARS (Student Committed to Helping Others Learn About Autism Research and Support) program.

Minimum Requirements

Current Openings

The Kinney Center is currently seeking volunteers for Fall 2014:

    Recreational Programs
  • Basketball: September 6th - October 4th, Saturdays 9:30-12:30
  • Theater: October 11th - November 8th, Saturdays 9:30-12:30
  • Karate: October 11th - November 8th, Saturdays 12:30-3:30
  • Yoga: November 15 - December 13th with the exception of November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday, Saturdays 9:30-12:30

  • Youth Social Skills
  • 11-14 year old group: September 23rd November 18th with the exception of October 14th, Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm
  • 15-18 year old group: September 24th November 19th with the exception of October 15th, Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 pm

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • In order to maintain consistency for learners, we ask that volunteers sign up for the duration of a program, totaling 4, 5, or 8 weeks depending on the program
  • Students are welcome to volunteer more than one program to gain more service hours

Application Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Please apply by September 15, 2014 to be considered for the upcoming Spring session.
  • Please also visit Human Resources website to complete an additional volunteer application.

Application Timeline

  • The Kinney Center staff will review your application. If you are deemed qualified, you will receive a phone call and an acceptance email no later than September 19, 2014.


    Please visit the inquiry page to submit your question about the High School Volunteers Program OR send an email to kinney_hs_volunteers@sju.edu.