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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 8 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 8 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: 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!

*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!

*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!

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Games with Kids at Alexandria House

What: Don't just show up - step up. Become a Project Leader for the "BE A KID AGAIN: Fun and Games" volunteer opportunity with Alexandria House. About Alexandria House: Alexandria House is a non-profit transitional residence providing safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelters to permanent housing. The event you'd manage: At "BE A KID AGAIN: Fun and Games," volunteers play and do activities with kids while their guardians shop at Alexandria House's Thrift Sale. The Project Leader plans the activities, communicates with volunteers and Alexandria House, and ensures everyone's safety. Date and time: The first two Saturday of each month. Location: Koreatown 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!

LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Wheels for Deals with Seniors

What: Lead other volunteers in taking Alexandria Care Center residents out for some shopping! About Alexandria Care Center: Alexandria Care Center is a skilled nursing facility that provides both short-term rehabilitation to get elderly clients healthy and back home and long-term care for those requiring 24-hour assistance. The volunteer opportunity you'd lead: The elderly clients at Alexandria Care Center don't always have the chance to get out of their rooms very much. To boost their spirits and get some fresh air, "LEND A HAND: Wheels for Deals with Seniors" offers them a weekend excursion to the neighborhood 99 Cent Store! Shopping for great deals is one of their monthly highlights! As the Project Leader, you'd: confirm volunteers beforehand orient volunteers at event manage all communication between volunteers, Alexandria Care Center, and L.A. Works Time Commitment: Every other Saturday, 2pm - 4pm Location: East Hollywood Project Leader Requirements: Prior experience with elderly populations not required, but a willingness to learn is Must attend an L.A. Works training Must commit to leading for a minimum of 6 months 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!

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Make Beats With Kids

WHAT: Lead volunteers in teaching kids how to make songs on drum machines. DESCRIPTION OF NON-PROFIT PARTNER: Aviva is a non-profit serving Los Angeles children and families in crisis via compassionate support, therapeutic services, and guidance. THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT YOU'D MANAGE: At "MUSICWORKS: Make Beats With Kids", 3-6 volunteers help under-served kids write their own songs using drum machines. You'll lead the class and the volunteers. IMPACT: Did you know that music education has been linked to higher emotional stability, IQ, and fewer dropouts? You can be the person who helped make these statistics a reality. TIME COMMITMENT: Two Saturdays a month 11am-1pm. LOCATION: Hollywood ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers must: Be 18+ Have some experience with drum machines (Volunteers will have time to learn specific drum machine before leading) Complete an L.A. Works training and Aviva Background checks WANT TO SIGN UP? Click "Express Interest" below

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Nails and Facials with Recently Homeless Women

WHAT: Lead volunteers at mini spa days for recently homeless women at Good Shepherd Center. ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER: Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children provides care for recently homelessness women and their children. Many residents have only recently gained ownership of decent footwear, much less experienced the luxury of a foot soak. THE EVENT YOU'D MANAGE: At "Beauty and Charm: Nails and Facials with Recently Homeless Women", L.A. Works volunteers come to Good Shepherd to support these women's journies from homelessness to self-sufficiency with a little pampering and companionship. Volunteers do basic manicures, pedicures, hand massages, scrubs, and face masks. You don't have to be experts at these services. This experience is more about bonding with the women, listening to them, and sharing quality time. TIME COMMITMENT: Fourth Sunday of each month, 2pm - 4:30pm LOCATION: Echo Park PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Must go through L.A. Works Leader Training Must pass Good Shepherd background checks Must commit to project for at least 8 months PROJECT LEADER BENEFITS: Gain marketable leadership skills Make a bigger impact Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles INTERESTED? Click the Express Interest button below! QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below

*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!

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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