WHAT: Help youth learn and rehearse guitar.
DESCRIPTION OF NON-PROFIT PARTNER: Friends of the Family is a comprehensive family resource center known for pioneering innovative, practical programs where families are recognized as central to a child’s well being and are supported to build on their skills and strengths.
VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Come help kids aged 8-17 with little to no access to music education learn how to play guitar. Under the guidace of a Project Leader, you'll help students one on one.
IMPACT: Did you know kids with music education have higher self esteem, test scores, and graduation rates? You can be the person who helped make that happen.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers must:
be aged 18+
play guitar at at least a beginner's level
complete an interview with Friends of the Family, a background check, and a TB test prior to volunteering
WANT TO SIGN UP? Click "Express Interest" below for the Project Leader to send you the background check items. Background checks take some time to complete so please sign up well in advance.
WHAT: Help at-risk youth learn to play the guitar!
PROGRAM MISSION: Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services cultivates hope and resilience to enrich the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities. We will be helping foster positive mentorships with a focus on learning and anti-bullying, by teaching at-risk youth to play & write music on the guitar.
VOLUNTEER ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Volunteers assist the Project Leader in teaching guitar to kids aged 10-16 (at various skill levels) with one-on-one instructions to better tailor their learning process.
Each session lasts 1-hour, but we ask that volunteers show up early to help set up and stick around after to help clean up.
Volunteers are encouraged to commit to all or multiple sessions in order to create consistency for kids, but we are absolutely happy to accept one-time volunteers as well!
Volunteers need to have a basic understanding of chords and strumming, but there is no need for any prior teaching experience. Most of the kids are just starting out, and we will match volunteers with the appropriate skill levels.
If you plan to volunteer for more than 3 sessions, volunteers must pass Hathaway Sycamore's free background check.
Be at least 18 years of age.
Maintain appropriate boundaries, no physical contact
Provide a listening ear instead of advice
Leave your smokes and vapes at home
Respect privacy by taking no photos
Most importantly - have FUN!
WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the "Sign Up" button below.
HAVE QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below.
WHAT: Teach beginner-level piano basics to at-risk youth in LA
DESCRIPTION OF NON-PROFIT PARTNER: Angelica Center for Music and Arts seeks to empower at-risk youth in building self-confidence and self-esteem by developing their creative talents and honing their skills in music, art, and dance.
VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Every Saturday morning, volunteers teach beginner-level piano to at-risk youth at Graff Labs. Curriculum and keyboards will be provided… just show up and have fun!
IMPACT: With volunteers’ help, at-risk youth in LA will grow in building self-confidence and self-esteem through artistic and creative expression.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers must:
be aged 18+
play piano at at least a beginner's level
WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Click "Sign Up" below.
WHAT: Don't just talk about change - make a change. Learn about an issue related to homelessness and then complete an advocacy skill to address it.
WHO: L.A. Works, Councilmember David Ryu, and United Way's Everyone In have come together to provide a volunteer opportunity that arms you to combat homelessness in an active way.
WHY: Over 36,000 of our fellow Angelenos are experiencing homelessness, a 16% increase from last year. This opportunity will teach you how to be part of the solution.
THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Each session consists of (1) an educational portion and (2) an advocacy action.
(1) Education. Guest experts will speak on a critical issue related to the homeless crisis such as:
Specific housing proposals in your area
The difference between affordable, bridge, and permanent supportive housing
What the city can do vs what the state can do
Current bills that will impact homelessness
(2) Advocacy Action Completion. You will learn and finish an advocacy action such as:
Writing an op-ed piece
Getting on the agenda to speak at your neighborhood council
Planning an awareness-raising dinner party
Registering to vote
Participating in the annual homeless count
ACCESSIBILITY: L.A. Works firmly believes that we strengthen the social fabric of our community by involving all in service. If you feel you need accommodations to participate in this project please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS: Email the Opportunity Leader below.
If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN UP button on the date below.