The Healthy Youth Program (HYP) offers a variety of classes, camps and events for the community throughout the year. Our cooking and garden programs are held off campus within the Corvallis area, often in local schools. We are able to offer these programs thanks to strong support from OSU student and community volunteers. Volunteers can be involved in our programs in a variety of ways - from one time volunteer opportunities, special events and garden work days, to assisting with a program regularly for a term or full academic year.

To receive updates on volunteer opportunities, sign up for our Volunteer Announcements HERE!

If you are interested in one-time volunteer opportunities for yourself or your organization, consider coming to our regular garden work parties called Tend, Mend and Mingle at Lincoln Elementary and Linus Pauling Middle School Gardens!

Tend, Mend and Mingle: coffee and snacks provided!

  • Lincoln Elementary: First Thursday of every month from 8-10am (No Garden Work Party Nov - Jan)
  • Linus Pauling Middle School: Third Thursday of every month, 9-11am (No Garden Work Party Nov - Jan)

If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please fill out a volunteer application(instructions below). The following descriptions are meant to give you an idea of the opportunities associated with general program areas. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about a particular program or volunteer opportunity.

Nutrition Education Programs

Description: The Healthy Youth Program (HYP) offers year-round afterschool cooking classes for elementary and middle school students. In our classes, youth are actively involved in the cooking process including reading recipes, learning about kitchen safety, and exploring new foods. HYP cooking classes are designed to give youth a hands-on experience in the kitchen. Volunteers and interns will provide guidance and support for a small group of “student chefs” at each class.



Garden Education Programs

Description: The HYP offers garden based program at Lincoln Elementary School, Linus Pauling Middle School and Corvallis High School. Volunteers and interns help with garden based programs and events including afterschool Garden Club for elementary students at Lincoln Garden in the fall and spring, all-school garden days at Lincoln Garden held each term, and SPEAR (Students Personally Engaged in the Agriculture Revolution), an elective class taught by the HYP Garden Manager at Corvallis High School.




Community Events and Outreach

Description: The HYP supports initiatives that promote healthy youth and families by sitting on planning committees, advisory boards and workgroups and participating in community events. Student interns and volunteers work with HYP staff to table at events, update outreach materials, and promote local programs and resources. Volunteers and interns may be involved in a variety of outreach projects including creating newsletters, taking photos at events, and managing HYP social media accounts.



Application Materials

Volunteers will be asked to submit an online application including:

  • Professional and personal references

  • Resume

  • Availability

Garden Education Programs/Small Scale Urban Agriculture Application  PLEASE NOTE: We are currently seeking Garden Steward volunteers to help with basic up-keep of school gardens, and helping to keep the gardens tidy. This is approximately a 2-3 hour per week commitment.

Nutrition/Cooking Education Application  PLEASE NOTE: We are currently seeking volunteers to help with our after-school cooking classes!

ALL positions require a Criminal History Check.

Criminal History Check
The Healthy Youth Program, while not a part of the Corvallis School District(CSD) offers programming in schools during regular school hours and in the CSD facilities after hours. Since you will be volunteering on school property often working directly with youth, you are required to register yourself as a volunteer with the district, this volunteer application also serves as a criminal history check.

If you cannot complete our application online, please call us to request a paper application.

For more information, please contact the Healthy Youth Program at:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 541-737-8014