Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Civic Engagement

MLK Day of Service


GYSD 2021

Leaders and Youth
Adpot a Preschooler
ThankFall Bags

The Hanover Youth Service Council (HYSC) has become very innovative in planning and leading their own service projects. Throughout the year, youth members collect items for the Tools 4 Teachers program and create goodie bags to surprise youth in our community.

In 2021, youth leaders recognized Hanover County Fire and EMS Departments by delivering breakfast baskets to each station for the 9/11 Day of Service project. 

For the 2022 MLK Day of Service Project, HYSC selected to appreciate hard working Hanover County Public School staff members, by sending hand written notes to essential cafeteria and custodial employees.

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 2022 Hanover Global Youth Service Day Projects will be held the week of

 April 24th through May 1st.

We can help YOUth and groups plan impactful civic engagement projects.  
Please contact us 804-365-4300 for service project resources or to talk about making community connections. We can help provide guidance and project materials to support youth volunteers.


The Hanover Youth Service Council will be partnering with Randolph Macon College for 

Macon a Difference Day on April 24th, 2022.

Applying for membership in the HYSC 2022-23
The Department of Community Resources is looking for 10 new HYSC members for the 2022-23 school year. Rising 7th grade through 10th grade students who live in Hanover and/or attend a Hanover school are eligible. We are looking for at least two (2) youth representatives from each middle and high school. In addition, we would like to see community representatives apply from private and home school programs. Our goal is to engage youth from the entire county with diverse experiences and backgrounds. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Friday, May 27. For more information please contact 804-365-4300 or email Here is the application.

Election Page Program

A high school student can apply to serve as an election page. Election pages help out at polling places. Among other duties, they assist voters who are elderly or have a disability. Contact your high school government teacher for more information or call the Voter Registration and Elections Office.

Cadet Unit  606

Cadet Unit 606 is open to Hanover County youth ages 14 to 20 years of age. Members receive law enforcement training, citizenship and character education while gaining experience in leadership roles. The Unit routinely provides community service by assisting the deputies with crime prevention activities, fingerprinting of children and traffic control at community events.

Hanover 4-H Clubs

Hanover 4-H provides experiences in a variety of interest areas, from handling livestock to showing horses, and from community service to 4-H camp, there are endless opportunities for you to become involved with 4-H and meet other awesome youth.

Parks & Recreation Volunteer Programs

Parks and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities in the Community?

Check out HandsOn or our local Youth Opportunities Flyer