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Become a Project Leader

L.A. Works offers volunteers the chance to make a bigger impact by becoming a Project Leader. These leadership opportunities allow you to meet people, learn valuable job skills like management and planning, get an inside look at the nonprofit sector, and know you went above and beyond in making the world a better place.

Project Leader Opportunities include recurring Signature Projects or 1-time Days of Service such as Martin Luther King Day, L.A. Works Day, or 9/11 Day.

Signature Projects 

Signature Projects are long-term volunteer projects at non-profits that are run by a Project Leader. Projects usually take place 1-4 times per month for a minimum of 6 months and activate anywhere from 5 - 200 volunteers.

What does a Project Leader do?
  • Manages an existing recurring volunteer project at a non-profit or helps a non-profit create a new one
  • Communicates with non-profit partner, volunteers, and L.A. Works
  • Owns all aspects of project preparation, execution, and follow up
What are the requirements to be a Project Leader?
  • Prior leadership experience is helpful but not required
  • Commit to at least 6 months of service
  • Attend an L.A. Works training
  • Shadow two Project Leaders
  • Complete a background check
How do I get started?

Leadership Opportunities:

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*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Fight Homelessness Workshops

What: Lead volunteers in learning how to advocate for policies to end homelessness. About our partners: L.A. Works is partnering with City Council District 4 and United Way's Everyone In, which is a community movement to end our homelessness and housing crisis by building public and political will to create affordable and supportive housing in every part of L.A. County. The volunteer event you'd manage: At "TAKE ACTION: Homelessness Advocacy Bootcamp," you would lead a group of 20+ volunteers in learning and then completing a different advocacy skill each session. The Project Leader would be paired with a Subject Matter expert who would assist in booking speakers and designing the curriculum, while the Project Leader would be responsible for logistics. Time commitment: One evening or weekend per month, for a minimum of 6 months. Project Leader Requirements: Expertise in the area of homelessness not necessary, but a strong commitment to the cause is Attend an L.A. Works training. Project Leader Responsibilities: Recruit and confirm volunteers Orient guest speakers and presenters Prepare venue and any needed materials Manage all communication between volunteers, LAFH, and L.A. Works Deliver opening and closing remarks Project Leader Benefits: Greatly increase your knowledge of government policy and advocacy Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

10/20/19 1:30 PM

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Serve Food to the Homeless

What: Do more than just show up. Lead the way and become the Project Leader for the "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission" About the LA Mission: Los Angeles Mission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless living on the streets of downtown’s Skid Row. The event you'd manage: At "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission," 5-10 volunteers bring a warm, hearty evening meal to some of the 1,800 homeless served daily. Volunteers will organize/clean the kitchen, prepare/serve the meal, and know they're protecting some Skid Row residents from going to bed hungry. Date and time: Leaders needed for Friday or Saturday afternoons or nights. (Leaders typically only take 1 shift every other week.) Location: Skid Row, Downtown. Project Leader Requirements: Leaders must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months. Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear a background check Project Leader Responsibilities: Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers at events Manage all communication between volunteers, LA Mission, and L.A. Works Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Dance the Night Away

What: Lead a group of volunteers at a dance party for special needs individuals. BCR is a nonprofit organization that offers day programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to enable its participants to develop their abilities so they may become independent and contributing members of the community. The Project You Will Lead: Get out on the dance floor with participants from BCR. Your group will also assist with set-up and serving drinks and food. Location: Burbank 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 info@laworks.com. Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN UP button. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for our nonprofit partner and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Burbank, CA

Through12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Piano Lessons for At-Risk Youth

WHAT: Lead other volunteers in piano lessons for underserved youth. ABOUT ANGELICA CENTER FOR ARTS AND MUSIC: ACAM is a community-based arts education organization whose mission is to nurture and mentor at-risk youth of the in the arts in the greater Pico-Union neighborhood. ACAM seeks to empower youth, build self-confidence and self-esteem by developing their creative talents and honing their skills in music, theatre and dance. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: At "MUSICWORKS: Piano Lessons with At-Risk Youth," kids with limited exposure to music learn to play piano, write their own songs, and express themselves. Community volunteers who can play the piano act as tutors to help them. AS A PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D: design and lead the piano lessons to kids aged 7-14 confirm, orient, and supervise volunteers manage all communication between volunteers, ACAM, and L.A. Works TIME COMMITMENT: Every other Saturday 9am-11am. LOCATION: Pico Union Neighborhood PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Some skill in piano required, but expertise is not Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear ACAM's background checks PROJECT LEADER BENEFITS: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

12/31/19 10:30 AM

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Fun with Kids at Aviva

What: Lead volunteers in positive activities and games with Aviva kids at the "BE A KID AGAIN: Fit Fun at Aviva" volunteer opportunity. About Aviva: Aviva is a non-profit serving Los Angeles children and families in crisis via compassionate support, therapeutic services, and guidance. The event you'd manage: At "BE A KID AGAIN: Fit Fun at Aviva," volunteers play with kids while their guardians attend enrichment classes. Kids (infant to school age) might do anything from capture the flag to Bollywood dancing to painting. The Project Leader is the head of the opportunity. Date and time: 1st and 3rd Saturday each month, 9am - 1pm Location: Hollywood Project Leader Requirements: Must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months Must attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Must clear a background check Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Playtime with kids at LAFH

What: Lead a team of volunteers as they play with kids living in an LAFH shelter at the "BE A KID AGAIN: Playtime at LA Family Housing" volunteer opportunity. About LA Family Housing: LA Family Housing Corp. is a non-profit emergency shelter for homeless families and singles in Los Angeles County. Their main focus is to get families stabilized through counseling, job placement, and life skill classes. The event you'd manage: At "BE A KID AGAIN: Playtime at LA Family Housing," volunteers play with kids aged 8-13 whose families are currently living in one of LAFH's temporary shelters. Volunteers and kids might play soccer, make a craft, have a yahtzee tournament, paint faces - you name it! All while giving their guardians a much needed siesta. Date and time: Two Sundays per month, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Location: Pacoima Project Leader Requirements: Must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months Must attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Must clear a background check Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Beach clean up and game day

What: Go beyond regular volunteering and become a Project Leader for the "GET ACTIVE: Beach Clean Up and Games" volunteer opportunity with Heal the Bay. About Heal the Bay: Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life. The event you'd manage: At "GET ACTIVE: Beach Clean Up and Games," up to 200 volunteers do a beach clean up followed by fun activities such as volleyball, yoga, corn hole, etc. Date and time: One Saturday every other month. Location: Beaches across LA county from as far south as Torrance Beach to as north as Leo Carrillo beach. Project Leader Requirements: Commit to six months of leading the project Attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Pass a background check Project Leader Benefits: Make a bigger impact Gain valuable leadership and event management skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Hermosa Beach, CA

Through12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Help Public School Students Rock

What: Step up your volunteer game by leading music volunteers in LAUSD Modern Band classrooms. About Little Kids Rock: Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers. They do this by partnering with school districts, training public school teachers in their innovative curriculum, and donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs. The event you'd manage: At "MUSICWORKS: Teach Kids to Rock," community volunteers skilled in an instrument help public school students learn to play and appreciate music. As the Project Leader, you'd: recruit and train volunteers assign, direct, and supervise volunteers manage all communication between volunteers, Little Kids Rock, and L.A. Works be led by a public school teacher who will be in charge of teaching the curriculum Time and Location: Leaders must commit to the role for a minimum of 6 months. Mid-Wilshire, 2-4 hours per week during school hours Griffith Park, One school day a week 10:30am-11:30am Boyle Heights, M, W, Th, or Fri 10:30am-11:30am Maywood, Every other Friday 9:10-9:55am, 10:25-11:20am, or 11:25am-12:15pm Pacoima, Every Thursday 11am-11:30am Northridge, Every Friday 1pm-2:30pm Granada Hills, 2-4 hours per week during school hours Glendale, One school day a week 11-11:50am Boyle Heights, Mondays 11:15am-12:20pm Highland Park, M, W, Th, or Fri 11:30am-12:54pm OR Tues 10:44am-11:49am Florence, Fridays 12:55pm-1:55pm Florence-Firestone, Wednesdays 2:15pm-3:30pm San Pedro, Thursdays 12:50-1:35pm, 1:35pm-2:20pm, or 2:40-3:40pm El Sereno, M & W between 7:45am-12:10pm or Fri 9:45am-11:30am Angeles Crest, Weds or Thurs 7:45am-8:15am Westlake, Thurs 3-4pm Rancho Palos Verdes, Tues, Weds, Thurs (Tues: 5 classes of 5th graders 820am-1230pm, Weds & Thurs: 10:40am-12pm) Gramercy Park, Mon, Tues, Thurs 8am-430pm West Adams, Thurs 130-230pm or Fri 130pm Venice, Mon, Weds, Thurs, or Fri ; 8:30-915am, 930-1015am, 1030-11:15am, 1-145pm Project Leader Requirements: Some facility with music and instruments required Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear any background checks required by their school Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Through12/31/19

Phil Trask, Project Leader for Spruce it Up: Revitalize Tree People Park, talks a little bit about the program he runs for Tree People.

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