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Volunteers are critical to a youth count to ensure communities can reach as many youth as possible. Prior to the youth count event, volunteers need to be trained on topics including building rapport with youth, maintaining confidentiality, and obtaining informed consent. In addition, volunteers need to be trained on preventing duplication and collecting uniform, accurate, and thorough data on youth who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

The resources below include a volunteer training curriculum (in PowerPoint format) and corresponding handouts, as well as guidelines and a survey to debrief with volunteers after the count.

powerpoint buttonVolunteer Training Curriculum: Slides everything Youth Count Texas! volunteers need to know for a successful count including building rapport with youth, protecting confidentiality, preventing duplication, safety and cultural competency. Curriculum is also available in Spanish.

See handouts section below for handouts to distribute during volunteer training.


Volunteer Training Webinar: 40 minute volunteer training webinar that reviews the material outlined in the Youth Count Texas! Volunteer Training Curriculum.


survey buttonVolunteer Debriefing Survey: A survey for volunteers to complete to collect information on their experience and help us to improve future youth counts across the state.  Survey is also available in Spanish.


Voresource paper buttonlunteer Recruitment & Training: Resource with information on how to recruit and train volunteers. Also features information on how to recruit youth volunteers


Volunteer Training Handouts: Designed for distribution to volunteers to complement the volunteer training curriculum and webinar.

Building Rapport with Youth (available in English and Spanish)

Cultural Sensitivity

Survey Research Nuts and Bolts (available in English and Spanish)