Volunteering at S.A.Y. Play

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke! You will have the opportunity to work with students in grades three through twelve to help them become great readers and people, changing the game for our youth.

We are looking for individuals who share our core values:

  • Loving
  • Excellence
  • Hard Work
  • Relationships

We look forward to building great readers and people together!

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. The current volunteer categories are listed below. For your convenience, we have created an online application system.

Due to COVID-19 closings and other limited availability, we are not accepting new volunteer applications at this time.


We are looking for reading coaches and homework tutors. We are using a proven tutoring method in partnership with SOAR Detroit, and you will work one-on-one or small group sessions with students. This is a dynamic and unique opportunity to not only give back, but also create meaningful and lasting relationships with our students, and we will give you the training you need to be successful.


We are always looking for great people who love kids and have a heart to coach a sports team (basketball, baseball, football, soccer, softball) or teach dance and karate. Karate and dance instructors are paid at an hourly fee, and we have  stipends available for one head coach and one assistant coach for each sports team. Availability and scheduling vary seasonally.