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Children & Youth Education


Youth volunteerism and service
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*Help Save Afterschool Programs

QUICK OVERVIEW: Learn about the importance of afterschool programming and then tell your elected representatives not to slash funding when they meet this week. THE NEED: The Governor's most recent budget proposal slashes $100 million from afterschool programs. This 15% reduction in funding comes on top of the 62% increase in costs afterschool programs have seen due to the rising minimum wage. This combination will force many programs to scale back or close, causing at least 62,563 California children to lose their afterschool programs. CALL PARTY AGENDA: Join other Californians on a video meeting Learn important talking points from L.A.'s Best Learn how to contact your electeds and what to say to have them listen Contact your electeds via phone calls and social media posts Come back together with group to share thoughts and impressions VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: Access to a computer with internet and a phone. QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the Sign Up button below for the date you want.

Los Angeles, CA

5/28/20 6:00 PM

*BE A KID AGAIN: Fun and Games with Kids at Alexandria House

WHAT: Engage in fun activities with children from Alexandria House and the nearby community while their guardians attend the Saturday Thrift Sale event. Alexandria House is a transitional residence for women and children located in the densely populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area. Alexandria House also serves its broader neighborhood community by providing educational and enrichment opportunities. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Every 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month, Alexandria House hosts the Thrift Sale to provide essential household items and services to Alexandria residents and neighbors. During the event, volunteers help by supervising and playing with the children so their guardians can focus on getting what they need. IMPACT: Shopping [or doing anything!] with children can be challenging. Volunteers support guardians by keeping their children safe, occupied, and entertained so they can focus on sourcing what their families need. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers must be 18+ and embrace all ages, genders, cultures, languages, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations. 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. WANT TO SIGN UP? Please click on the SIGN UP button. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for Alexandria House 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.

Los Angeles, CA

6/13/20 8:30 AM + more

PS Science Service Squad

Quick Overview: Volunteers will prepare materials that will be used for hands-on science lessons in elementary classrooms. Mission or Broader Program Description: The great minds of tomorrow are in elementary schools everywhere, but science is not. PS Science brings inspiring lessons to classrooms that cultivate a deep understanding of the world and grow students and teachers who are confident and inspired by science. Impact: PS Science brings engaging hands-on science lessons to over 2200 elementary students each week throughout the school year. These lessons transform the learning experience for students in classrooms where open-ended investigations are often missing. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteers will help with simple, but essential tasks such as counting, cutting, folding, and prepping sets of materials to be used by students. Requirements: Appropriate for all ages. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section. Additional Details: Dress warmly. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Accessibility: The PS Science headquarters is wheelchair friendly.

Inglewood, CA

6/13/20 9:30 AM

*CREATIVE CORNER: Kids' Cardboard Challenge with Two Bit Circus

Quick Overview: This monthly event series is brought to you by Imagination.org, a new division of Two Bit Circus Foundation. It is a fun, collaborative way to get the entire family involved in some good old fashioned fun with cardboard. We'll provide the supplies, you supply the imagination. Make something that inspires you and in turn inspires others. From robots to rocket ships to cardboard castles- The sky is the limit! Mission or Broader Program Description: TwoBitCircus.org is a nonprofit educational organization designed to cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship and spur community engagement. Combining the inspiration of Two Bit Circus with castoff material from hundreds of manufacturers, our programs help students learn STEAM education and innovation skills while inspiring critical and creative thinking. Impact: Your volunteer efforts enable us to promote the Power of Play, celebrating child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. You are also helping us spread ecological values through recycling and Creative Play. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities/Requirements: As a volunteer you will interact with and help children build their cardboard creations, encouraging their creativity and inspiring new ideas. No prior experience with cardboard is necessary! Shift Requirements/Safety: Close-toed shoes and attire appropriate for working with children and families. * Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section.

Los Angeles, CA

6/14/20 2:00 PM + more

*BE A KID AGAIN: Playtime at LA Family Housing

What: Engage in fun activities with children staying at LAFH's Pacoima transitional shelter and give their guardians a much needed break! LA Family Housing is a non-profit that provides shelters for homeless families and singles across Los Angeles County. Their main focus is to get families stabilized through counseling, job placement, and life skill classes. Volunteer Project: One Sunday a month, 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! Impact: Volunteers 1) give parents and guardians much needed rest and 2) give the kids valuable individual attention, which has been proven to boost their self esteem and decrease their stress. Volunteers aged 14-18: Must be accompanied by an adult and have legal guardian complete this minor waiver ahead of time. One adult per minor, please. 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 LAFH 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.

Los Angeles, CA

7/12/20 1:30 PM + more

Read Aloud to Children Each Month

Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with the love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. Our mission is motivated by a landmark 1985 study, conducted by the National Commission on Reading, which found that "the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading aloud to children." Program Description: Reading to Kids organizes monthly reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight downtown Los Angeles elementary schools. Volunteers read aloud to small groups of K-5th grade children and create arts and crafts projects about the stories. Each child receives a book to take home and the books read aloud are donated to the school's library. Reading aloud to children imparts a love of books that leads to improved literacy, to a more successful education, and a brighter future. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Pairs of volunteer readers read aloud to small groups of students from the elementary school (typically between 4 and 6 children per group) in a fun environment that includes creating crafts. Reading to Kids supplies all of the books and craft supplies, and teachers at the elementary schools provide supervision and guidance throughout the morning. Time Commitment: 9:00am- 12:00pm Requirements: To volunteer at the next reading clubs, please visit http://www.readingtokids.org where you'll need to register and RSVP ahead of the reading club date. For more information, please feel free to e-mail info@readingtokids.org or call (310) 479-7455. This opportunity services eight Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools in the Pico-Union/Westlake neighborhoods near downtown LA. Choose your school when you RSVP at their website. This opportunity serves the zip codes of 90019, 90017, 90057, and 90006. Benefits: A light breakfast is provided, and volunteers will meet other like-minded volunteers who love reading and children. Volunteers also meet wonderful children eager to hear a story and receive a free book for their home libraries, and get to create crafts with children. *This project is created, organized and managed by our nonprofit partner. Once you click on EXPRESS INTEREST below a staff person from that organization will contact you to follow up.

Los Angeles, CA

8/8/20 9:00 AM + more

Shoe Fairy for kids in need of new shoes

Overview: Help kids in need by bringing together a group – friends, co-workers, congregants, or even your RSVP group – to “raise shoes” for kids who need them in your community. Shoes That Fit www.shoesthatfit.org Mission and Vision: Shoes That Fit tackles one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive. A new pair of shoes can be life-changing for a child. School attendance, self-esteem and behavior improve. Physical activity increases. Smiles return. All from an often over-looked item—a good pair of shoes. Our vision is that, one day, every child in America who needs new shoes gets new shoes, allowing all children the opportunity to reach their highest potential. Impact: Almost all of the work that we do at Shoes That Fit is through our amazing volunteers working to help children in their own communities. Last year we helped more than 108,000 nationwide and almost 15,000 children in Los Angeles County alone. Still, there are more than 50 schools in Los Angeles County that have reached out to us and are waiting for someone like you to step up and help their students. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteers work to provide or generate shoe donations for kids in need of new shoes in their community. Shoes That Fit staff will be with you every step of the way, helping to match you with a school, having the children measured and getting you a list with each child’s name, age, gender and shoe size. You and the other members of your group purchase, or solicit others to donate, what each student needs and deliver those shoes to the school. Requirements: Volunteers need to complete the Shoes That Fit Participation Agreement and we will then send you our Shoes That Fit Startup Kit. You decide how many kids you can help (a minimum of 10) and we can help you find a school and contact them for you. Once you receive your list of names and sizes, you are responsible for obtaining and delivering the shoes within a few weeks (Remember! The kids don’t stop growing while they are waiting for their shoes!) Shoes That Fit has a small staff of 8.5. We rely on volunteers like you to reach as many children as possible by helping the kids right in your own community. We are 100% funded through the private sector – businesses, foundations and individuals like you.

Claremont, CA

Through 7/31/20

Administrative Volunteer (Skilled)

Quick Overview: The activity and center volunteer works within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC) in all capacities as needed. Organization Name and Website: Child Development Institute, http://www.cdikids.org Mission or Broader Program Description: Since 1995, the Child Development Institute has been a principal provider of early childhood development and intervention services in the San Fernando Valley, providing over 60,000 hours of comprehensive, integrated training programs for multiple disciplines including speech, occupational therapy, mental health, special education, and early child development. The mission of Child Development Institute is to help children reach their full potential by supporting the relationships and environments that shape early development. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: The administrative volunteer supports various departments within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC). The administrative volunteer is responsible for helping with daily clerical and office duties. The administrative volunteer must be comfortable using a computer and the Internet. This person will work along staff to contribute to the overall administrative upkeep of the ELC. Requirements: Data Entry Organizing and managing the front desk Organizing paper and electronic files Create flyers, calendars, etc. Internet Research Other organizational duties as required Good communication and writing skills Exudes an outgoing and pleasant attitude Detail oriented and well-organized Reliable "team player" Confident self-starter Ability to perform multiple tasks Ability and willingness to learn on the job Knowledge of Microsoft Office/Outlook/Excel College degree or equivalent preferred but not required Time commitment is a minimum of 6 hours per week for at least 3 months Additional Details: Be an active contributor to the first Early Learning Center in Canoga Park Volunteers must be comfortable with using a computer and internet to accomplish clerical work. Volunteers must complete an ELC orientation training and receive a TB and background clearance if applicable.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Children & Family Activity Volunteer

Quick Overview: The activity and center volunteer works within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC) in all capacities as needed. Organization Name and Website: Child Development Institute, http://www.cdikids.org Mission or Broader Program Description: Since 1995, the Child Development Institute has been a principal provider of early childhood development and intervention services in the San Fernando Valley, providing over 60,000 hours of comprehensive, integrated training programs for multiple disciplines including speech, occupational therapy, mental health, special education, and early child development. The mission of Child Development Institute is to help children reach their full potential by supporting the relationships and environments that shape early development. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: He/she is responsible for the overall assistance of the floor with various tasks as needed. This includes but is not limited to, welcoming all visitors to the center, giving tours and making sure all children and parents get their needs met, setting up/taking down activities, stocking and returning exhibit materials to their proper place and making sure discovery zones are clean and sanitary. Volunteers will need to be comfortable taking direction and at times work unassisted. This person will work alongside the other volunteers and staff in contributing to the overall operations of the ELC. Requirements: Must be organized Exude an outgoing and pleasant attitude Reliable "team player" Confident self-starter Ability to perform multiple tasks Ability and willingness to learn on the job Knowledge of CDI ELC mission Mandatory ELC Orientation Training, TB Clearance, and DOJ Clearance, if applicable. Time commitment of a minimum of 6 hours per week for at least 3 months. Additional Details: Obtain Professional Growth Hours or Volunteer Service Hours. Develop professional and creative talents through training from Early Childhood Specialists Use professional skills to aid children within the community Be an active contributor to the first Early Learning Center in Canoga Park

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Grant Researcher/Writer (Pro Bono)

City Ballet of Los Angeles has a mission is to provide Los Angeles with its own ballet company unique and represenetive of this multicultural community. Presenting work that is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance theater, examining untraditional themes and blending music from all over the world. In keeping with the tradition of classical dance, City Ballet of Los Angeles is preserving the standards of excellence in its presentation of the art of dance. Description: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an eye for identifying fundraising opportunities then consider a volunteer opportunity as a grant researcher. We are looking for experienced grant writers/fundraisers/netwrkers who can research and identify funding for City Ballet of Los Angeles. The pro bono grant researcher we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Requirements: Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Volunteers will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Responsibilities may include some of the following: Research, develop, and write inquiries, letters, and other fundraising documents Draft proposals and other correspondence to solicit grant funds Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements Ensure proposals and grant reports are submitted by the deadline(s) Desired Qualifications: Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus Proven experience as a nonprofit grant writer a big plus Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus Time Commitment: Flexible, hours to be determined each week until the completion of the project, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

*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

Through 6/30/20

Digital Communications and Public Relations Strategist

City Ballet of Los Angeles has a mission is to provide Los Angeles with its own ballet company; unique and representative of this multicultural community. Presenting work that is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance theater, examining untraditional themes and blending music from all over the world. In keeping with the tradition of classical dance, City Ballet of Los Angeles is preserving the standards of excellence in its presentation of the art of dance. Organization Name and Website:City Ballet of Los Angeles. http://www.cityballetofla.org/cblahome.html Opportunity Description: City Ballet is looking for an energetic, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual who is interested in growing the organization’s digital footprint. The Communications and Public Relation Strategist will help build external communications via social media, newsletters, and materials. Someone who is creative and be committed to bringing awareness of City Ballet’s work and bring in more volunteers and funding to support our fantastic students! Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: The successful candidate would have the ability to be well versed in the communications field, which could require researching industry trends and conducting media outreach. It may be necessary to work with advertisers and print vendors to establish quotes and ensure timely and useable materials. This volunteer will be in charge of developing City Ballet’s social media presence, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The volunteer will take a lead role in developing our online presence and make recommendations about new social media outlets. Volunteer will also generate/research story ideas and content to post on social media, maintain photo galleries, and respond to requests and comments online. Requirements: Candidate must have appropriate equipment such as laptop to work remotely. Must believe in the mission of the organization and not discriminate due to race, gender, socio-economic status or any other factor that may impact our staff, volunteers, and the populations we serve. Qualifications: Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized Should have an interest in media and communications Must be a skilled a writer and pay attention to detail when proofreading Strong web research skills Familiarity with major social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) Familiarity with communications and marketing software Proficiency with Microsoft Office is mandatory Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and HTML/Website skills are preferred Time Commitment:Volunteer is asked to commit to at least 10 hours per month.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

*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

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

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Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/20

COVID-19 Virtual Tutoring Solution for Underprivileged Children

Quick Overview: Tutors are needed to support underprivileged children online with core courses, such as reading and math. Online tutor sessions will be 45 minutes each based on your availability during the week. Mission or Broader Program Description: Joseph Learning Lab is an educational outreach nonprofit organization. We are on a mission to close the learning gap, reduce the dropout rate, and develop students of all ages and diverse backgrounds by allowing them an equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. We tutor and mentor underprivileged children, who are being left behind the learning curve. Impact: Volunteers will help students in elementary school with homework and core courses so they can grasp learning concepts to improve their confidence, grades and test scores. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteers will tutor children in 3rd - 5th grade with the use of Zoom tutoring sessions. The tutor sessions will be based on your availability for 45 minute sessions each. Requirements: Volunteers are expected to complete an application process/fingerprinting before tutoring with JLL. Orientation/Training will be provided by JLL Nonprofit.

Long Beach, CA

Through 12/18/20

Volunteer with LA Gymnastics Special Needs Program!

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an expertise in strategic planning, experience being on a board of directors, and want to help a nonprofit grow their impact to youth with special needs, LASG is a great place to volunteer. Organization Name and Website: LA Gymnastics www.LAgymnastics.com Mission or Broader Program Description: LA School of Gymnastics is a USA and Olympic team training center for children in athletic sports such as gymnastics, cheer, dance and ballet. Programs are offered for special needs students from a wide range of backgrounds and age categories. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: We are looking for an experienced executive management person who can help LASG with their strategic planning. The pro-bono strategic planner we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Preparation and tidying up of classroom(s) in which the pupil(s) with special needs is/are being taught. Assisting children to board and alight from school buses. Where necessary travel as escort on school buses may be required. Special assistance as necessary for pupils with particular difficulties e.g. helping physically disabled pupils with typing or writing. Assistance with clothing, feeding, toileting and general hygiene. Assisting on out-of-school visits, walks and similar activities. Assisting teachers in the supervision of children with special needs during assembly, recreational and dispersal periods. Accompanying individuals or small groups who may have withdrawn temporarily from the classroom. General assistance to the class teachers, under the direction of the Principal, with duties of a non-teaching nature. (Special Needs Assistants may not act as either substitute or temporary teachers. In no circumstances may they be left in sole charge of a class). Where a Special Needs Assistant has been appointed to assist a school in catering for a specific pupil, duties should be modified to support the particular needs of the pupil concerned. Requirements: Experience in board of directors’ services and non-profits a plus Previous experience in strategic planning Proven record with developing and implementing a strategic plan Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus Covid-19 Requirements: LASG normally operates on a 5-hour window daily, but with the schools closed due to mandated closure, we will have the ability to operate in a 12-hour window in order to practice social distancing. We can greatly limit the number of people in the building and spread out far beyond 6 feet. We are also proud to have a cleaning system and a series of protocols and strict guidelines that are in place. By clicking “express interest,” I acknowledge that I am aware and understand that I am being referred to Activities that are coordinated and managed by a third party Agency or Organization and that L.A. Works has no jurisdiction, control, or oversight over these Activities. The Activities may be inherently dangerous and may expose me to a variety of foreseen and unforeseen hazards and risks including exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). The Activities may involve a degree of contact with clients who need assistance and other volunteers who may be carriers of COVID-19 and that personal protective equipment may not be available for my use and/or effective against preventing transmission of COVID-19 whether as a result of my own actions or otherwise. By clicking “express interest,” I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in the Activities and have considered those risks. I hereby expressly and specifically assume such risks, including any and all risk of injury, illness, harm, or loss that I may incur as a result of my participation in the Activities. I hereby fully and forever release and discharge L.A. Works from, and expressly waive, any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, that may arise from my participation in the Activities.

Culver City, CA

Through 8/30/20

Adults Empowering Teens: An Online Program

Sages & Seekers is a free award-winning program designed to bring together teens and Seniors to share their unique gifts. In tribal cultures, the Elders have a vital and important role; they are the keepers of the memories and the wisdom. You, our Seniors, have so much to offer the world; your maturity and experience allows for a larger perspective of life from which our teens can learn. We are launching 3-Week ONLINE Programs, 60 minutes a week. The lack of authentic conversation and connection is impacting humanity in profound ways. Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We will coach you on how to set-up and use Zoom if needed! The Art of Conversation – reclaiming authentic connection! The upcoming program topic we explore will be “Relationships”. Share your life experiences with interested teens. May, June, and July Programs. Our programs are 60 minutes long, one day a week, with 5 students, 5 Sages, and a facilitator. We chat as a community for 20 minutes, then each Sage is randomly paired with a student for 30 minutes in break-out rooms. We end with 10 minutes of wrap-up.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 7/1/20

*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 VOLUNTEER EVENT YOU'D RUN: 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: 2-3 hours 1 day/week, during regular school hours. Please note this opportunity requires some day time availability. LOCATION: Schools across L.A. County and definitely near you! REQUIREMENTS: Some facility with either guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards required Leaders must commit to leading for at least 6 months Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear any background checks required by their school 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!

Through 6/30/20

Tutors Needed "Help A Child Learn"

Quick Overview: Tutors are needed to help underprivileged children in 3rd-5th grade improve reading level, math skills and build confidence to learn and develop academically. Mission or Broader Program Description: Joseph Learning Lab is an educational outreach nonprofit organization. We are on a mission to close the learning gap, reduce the dropout rate, and develop students of all ages and diverse backgrounds by allowing them an equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. We tutor and mentor underprivileged children, who are being left behind the learning curve. Impact: Volunteers will help students in elementary school with homework and core courses so they can grasp learning concepts to improve their confidence, grades and test scores. Also when time permits, they will incorporate fun fit-sports activities to address the nation's child obesity issue. Time Commitment: Wednesdays 3:00 pm-4:30pm or Thursdays 3:00 - 5:00 pm Requirements: Orientation/Application Process. Volunteers should have some education & skills working with children.

Through 10/8/20

Strategic Plan Development and Preparation

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a nonprofit, has experience with strategic planning, and wants to help a nonprofit grow their impact to help more foster and homeless youth in Los Angeles succeed in school and in life, consider volunteering with The Academy Project. Organization Name and Website: The Academy Project http://www.theacademyproject.org/ Mission or Broader Program Description: The Academy Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working with foster and homeless youth in South Los Angeles to improve life and academic outcomes through holistic support, community, education, and empowerment. We offer two programs: Camp Xavier, our summer program and The Co-Op, our after-school program. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: We are looking for an experienced executive management professional who can help The Academy Project create a strong and sustainable strategic plan. The pro bono strategic planner we are looking for will have experience in creating a clear plan for an organization that will help it grow and expand its services, excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills, and a passion for helping our most vulnerable citizens, our children. The volunteer will meet with the Executive Director and Board to ensure completion of the project. Develop a strategic plan for the organization with input from The Board of Directors, The Executive Director, and other major stakeholders. Diagram and document methods tracking best practices, potentially including a Theory of Change model. Generate a report that analyzes the operations of the nonprofit and assess current systems. Help create a robust strategic plan that will bring the organization to a sustainable position for growth over the next three years. Ensure all tasks are submitted by the deadline(s) Requirements: Volunteers can work remotely. Meetings with the Board and Executive Director will likely be essential to the process. Previous experience in strategic planning Proven record with developing and implementing a strategic plan Experience working with nonprofit organizations is a plus, but not necessary Outstanding collaborative, organizational and planning abilities Working knowledge of MS Office and/or Google Docs Proficient in writing and communications Passionate about The Academy Project’s mission and vision. ​ The Board and Executive Director are committed to taking the time necessary to create a strategic 3-year plan. The Pro Bono advisor will have their full participation. The time commitment is flexible, minimum of 3 months with approximately 5 hours each week (more if available), remote volunteer role, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Through 6/30/20

Nonprofit Assisting South L.A. Students Looking for Board Members

Quick Overview: Seeking a well-connected leader who is passionate about improving education for disadvantaged communities and can leverage his/her networks. Organization Name and Website: The Academy Project http://www.theacademyproject.org/ Mission or Broader Program Description: The Academy Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working with foster and homeless youth in South Los Angeles to improve life and academic outcomes through holistic support, community, education, and empowerment. We offer two programs: Camp Xavier, our summer program and The Co-Op, our after-school program. Roles and Responsibilities: The ideal candidate has had a track-record of supporting education for disadvantaged communities and strong connections to decision makers who are in a position to positively impact The Academy Project. We seek a board leader to help cultivate the board’s leadership role in advocacy in support of staff as part of a broader commitment to increase awareness about the importance of our mission, influence public policy, and expand our reach. The ideal board candidate should have prior nonprofit board member experience or have received formal board training. General oversight Fiscal oversight Fundraising and development Involvement in meetings, committees, and events Officer positions Desired Characteristics: Experience in board of directors’ services and non-profits a plus Previous experience in strategic planning Proven record with developing and implementing a strategic plan Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Network of donors and supporters Ability to fundraise and advocate on behalf of The Academy Project The time commitment is 2-year service terms.

Through 6/30/20

National Community Service