Children & Youth Education


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Trick or Treat Bags

WHAT: Help spread Halloween cheer to those in our community who desperately need it: help us make trick or treat bags in your home to be dispersed by KYCC! ABOUT KYCC The Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), was established in 1975 to support a growing population of at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Today, KYCC is the leading multiservice organization in Koreatown, supporting children and their families in the areas of education, health, housing, and finances. Most of the clients served are first generation immigrants from Asia and Latin America. Committed to serving the diverse population of Koreatown, we offer all programs in Spanish, Korean and English. WHY: Everything has been adjusted this year, including how little ones celebrate Halloween, help spread fall cheer to those who need it most. THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT: In this virtual volunteer opportunity, you'll purchase all of the supplies listed below under "special notes" in order to assemble a minumum of ten trick or treat bags. You'll meet virtually with other trick or treat bag assemblers in a Zoom meeting to learn more about KYCC and their programming as you pack the bags. You'll then deliver the trick or treat bags to us and we will hand them over to KYCC, who will in turn put them in the hands that need them most in our community. IMPACT: Koreatown is one of the least green and most densely populated urban neighborhoods in the United States. They have limited parks and recreational space, with few healthy and mature trees. They believe that their dedication and support of inspired community actions is the most effective way to achieve meaningful and sustainable environmental change. REQUIREMENTS: We're asking that everyone decorate the lunch-sized paper bags available at most grocery stores. Feel free to be creative with your decorations. In the past we've had people draw, paint, use stickers, tape, and glue traditional Halloween images for kids on their bags. Approved treats for your Trick-or-treat bags include - wrapped candies. Examples include minibars of Snickers, Twix, Hershey kisses, lollipops, etc. Halloween stickers No small toys or loose candies that a small child might accidentally ingest, please. If you would like to provide allergy-friendly treats, here is a link to a very good list - https://www.spokin.com/candy-guide/list-of-food-allergy-friendly-halloween-candy LOCATION: This opportunity takes place online. You will be emailed the Zoom link after signing up. After the trick or treat bags are assembled, you will drop them off at L.A. Works. QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below. WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the Sign Up button below!

Los Angeles, CA

10/29/20 10:00 AM

Halloween Drive-Thru Event

Quick Overview: Help spread cheer by assisting in setting up for our Halloween Drive-Thru Event Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club's mission is to enable and inspire youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible members of the community. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteer roles include: helping decorate, placing goodies in treat bags to be distributed to the community. Hours: Shift 1 (Set Up): 11 am - 2:00 pm Shift 2 (Distribution): 5:00pm -7:00 pm Covid-19 Precautions: * 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. 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.

Los Angeles, CA

10/30/20 11:00 AM + more

⚙︎ Virtual Tutoring

WHAT: Tutor 1st - 8th grade students in all subjects. ABOUT PROJECT 614: The mission of Project 614’s Virtual Tutoring Center is to close the gap in academic readiness for under-resourced children and restore confidence in their ability to succeed. We encourage students at their current skill level. We empower parents to support their children by sharing resources. We demonstrate empathy and compassion with our words and actions. We celebrate student progress! VOLUNTEER PROJECT: After completing this orientation, you will meet with your student 1-2 times per week based on your availability. Sessions are 45minutes - 1 hour, depending on the families’ preference. You will also be given access to resources to meet your students’ needs as well as a “session journal” to help track your student's growth. IMPACT: This year has highlighted many injustices in our nation, one of which lies within our public education system. Project 614 partners with volunteers and other local programs to assist in making quality education more accessible. Volunteers like you help bridge the education gap. Let’s build together! ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Prior to attending this orientation, volunteers must: Complete our interview process Complete a background check QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below WANT TO SIGN UP? Select the date you'd like to attend from the drop down menu below and click "Sign Up."

Virtual, CA

2/20/21 11:00 AM + more

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 90 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 - 6th grade with the use of Google Classroom/Meet tutoring sessions. The tutor sessions will be based on your availability for 90 minute sessions each. Requirements: Volunteers are expected to complete an application/background check process before tutoring with JLL. Orientation/Training will be provided by JLL Nonprofit.

Long Beach, CA

Through 6/18/21

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 4-Week & 6-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. Programs start every month - Join us! Our programs are 60 minutes long, one day a week, with 5 students, 5 Sages, and a facilitator. We chat as a community for 15 minutes, then each Sage is randomly paired with a student for 40 minutes in break-out rooms. We end with 5 minute of wrap-up.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/21

Outreach Committee Member

Quick Overview: Recruit volunteers, assist with fundraising, propose partnerships and opportunities to the Board of Directors. Organization Name: Dynasty Youth United Association Impact: Dynasty's United Youth Association's mission is to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality programs that promote character and culture competence through academic instruction and mental conditioning. We continuously strive to enter the most vulnerable and neglected neighborhoods where the academic, emotional, health, and social needs are not being met and build a bridge of resources that helps students leverage their strengths and find a sense of true purpose that brings meaning to their lives. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Work with board members to find volunteers, identify strategic partnerships, and assist board members in outreach activities. Requirements: Attend board meetings part-time, and set achievable goals in line with the vision set by the board.

Baldwin Hills, CA

Through 1/1/21

Board Member: Treasurer - Virtual

We are looking for a treasurer to join our Board and help with the following organizational needs: Safeguard the assets of the organization Maintain control over the receipt and disbursement of the organization's funds Serve as chair of the Finance committee Oversee the preparation of the annual budget Organization Name: Dynasty Youth United Association Impact: Dynasty's United Youth Association's mission is to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality programs that promote character and culture competence through academic instruction. We continuously strive to enter the most vulnerable and neglected neighborhoods where the academic, emotional, health, and social needs are not being met and build a bridge of resources that helps students leverage their strengths and find a sense of true purpose that brings meaning to their lives. Requirements: Attend board meetings and set achievable goals in line with the vision set by the board. Additional Information: We meet twice a month via Zoom, and all tasks can be done remotely. We are hosting one event that is completely optional to attend. This will be a drive-through style backpack and back-to-school supply giveaway. It will be held in an open space and we are scheduling volunteers so no more than 4 people at a time are working it, and therefore can have social distancing space. Masks will be enforced at all times. If you are interested, please click Express Interest and a Volunteer Coordinator will email you with further information. All volunteers participating in this volunteer opportunity should adhere to the health and safety guidelines outlined here: https://www.laworks.com/health-and-safety 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.

Baldwin Hills, CA

Through 1/1/21

Communications Coordinator- Virtual

Quick Overview: Create and coordinate messaging for web, print, and other marketing materials for D.U.Y.A. and assist with communication to families, board members and donors. Organization Name: Dynasty Youth United Association Impact: Dynasty's United Youth Association's mission is to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality programs that promote character and culture competence through academic instruction. We continuously strive to enter the most vulnerable and neglected neighborhoods where the academic, emotional, health, and social needs are not being met and build a bridge of resources that helps students leverage their strengths and find a sense of true purpose that brings meaning to their lives. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Manage social media sites (Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin) for D.U.Y.A. Create content for sites and post on a scheduled basis Coordinate with our web developer to improve website and maintain it up-to-date Create promotional/informational flyers Requirements: Attend board meetings and set achievable goals in line with the vision set by the board. Additional Information: We meet twice a month via Zoom, and all tasks can be done remotely. We are hosting one event that is completely optional to attend. This will be a drive-through style backpack and back-to-school supply giveaway. It will be held in an open space and we are scheduling volunteers so no more than 4 people at a time are working it, and therefore can have social distancing space. Masks will be enforced at all times. If you are interested, please click Express Interest and a Volunteer Coordinator will email you with further information. All volunteers participating in this volunteer opportunity should adhere to the health and safety guidelines outlined here: https://www.laworks.com/health-and-safety 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.

Baldwin Hills, CA

Through 1/1/21

Un-Silence Foundation: Virtual Volunteering with Music

Quick Overview: Help spread music education to students by creating reading material or a performance video! Mission: Un-Silence is a student-led nonprofit organization that strives to spread music education to more students around the world. Impact: You will help provide students the opportunity to further explore music by creating a system where these children can look for any music help or material. We are looking for volunteers who are able to create reading material covering topics such as music theory and music history. In addition, we are gathering high-school musicians to make videos of our performances to send out to children. By participating in this opportunity, you will help children who are missing the musical aspect of their lives. Volunteer Responsibilities: Create reading material (similar to a study guide) about one or more topics in music history or music theory OR Email us a video of you performing one or more pieces. We are planning to make a collage of performances to send to foster and senior homes. Requirements: Volunteers must be a current student, preferably a high-school student If interested, please click Express Interest and an Opportunity Coordinator will email you with further instructions.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 10/28/20

Pro Bono Administrative Manager for Novelly (Ages 55+)

Quick Overview: We are looking for an expert on operations to help us as we transition. Organization Name: Novelly Organization Website: www.novelly.org Mission: Novelly is an ed-tech nonprofit creating youth-driven spaces, both online and offline, for courageous conversations. We are combining the power of mobile app technology and stories to empower youth to speak about issues in ways that are uplifting and energizing, rather than polarizing and hostile. And our movement is only growing. From Clearwater, Florida, to McAllen, Texas to Toronto, Canada, Novelly teenagers are starting courageous conversations about everything from climate change to immigration reform to Black Lives Matter. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Novelly is undergoing a period of transition from being a small team of volunteers and contractors to being a large team of full-time staff and more volunteers. We’re experiencing growing pains (good problems during such uncertain times!) and we’d love some support. We need a volunteer who will: Support our CEO in building an evaluation process for staff and CEO Write non-discrimination and personnel policies Write job descriptions for all staff Support our CEO in building an organizational culture handbook Requirements: Experience with non-profit operations Experience with startups Passion for the civic education of youth Time Commitment: Flexible, 1 hour per week (including support calls with the CEO) September to February (5 months) Perks: As a sign of our appreciation and as a welcome to the Novelly family, all professional and college volunteers receive Novelly swag and a free ticket to one of our virtual events.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/21

Graphic Design Volunteer with Ed-Tech Nonprofit (Virtual)

Quick Overview: We are looking for a graphic designer who can support the CEO in creating graphics and marketing content for Novelly. Organization Name: Novelly Organization Website: www.novelly.org Mission: Novelly is an ed-tech nonprofit creating youth-driven spaces, both online and offline, for courageous conversations. We are combining the power of mobile app technology and stories to empower youth to speak about issues in ways that are uplifting and energizing, rather than polarizing and hostile. And our movement is only growing. From Clearwater, Florida, to McAllen, Texas to Toronto, Canada, Novelly teenagers are starting courageous conversations about everything from climate change to immigration reform to Black Lives Matter. Who are we looking for? Graphic design volunteers are an integral part of the Novelly communications team. We are looking for motivated individuals to help level-up our branding’s quality and consistency in order to reach more youth across the country. What are the responsibilities? Graphic designers will develop the creative content for our social media channels, website, Novelly Chapters materials, and app. This includes, but is not limited to: - Novelly’s “What To Say When” social media graphics In-app book cover designs - Website banners infographics - Chapter recruitment flyers - Marketing/social media toolkits What are the qualifications? - A commitment to and passion for youth-driven social justice activism - Experience with Canva (bonus to have Adobe Creative Suite experience) - Strong time management and communication skills; ability to work independently - Experience creating illustrations (desired) What is the commitment? Graphic designers would commit to completing 1-3 design projects per month remotely. To apply, please send a resume and portfolio to amanda@novelly.org.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/21

SPEAK! Leadership Academy Coach- Virtual (college students only)

Quick Overview: We are looking for leadership coaches who can train high school students in leading conversations about social issues. Organization Name: Novelly Organization Website: www.novelly.org Mission: Novelly is an ed-tech nonprofit creating youth-driven spaces, both online and offline, for courageous conversations. We are combining the power of mobile app technology and stories to empower youth to speak about issues in ways that are uplifting and energizing, rather than polarizing and hostile. And our movement is only growing. From Clearwater, Florida, to McAllen, Texas to Toronto, Canada, Novelly teenagers are starting courageous conversations about everything from climate change to immigration reform to Black Lives Matter. What is an SLA Coach? An SLA coach is a college student who trains future Novelly chapter leaders to have conversations with their peers about social issues that are challenging but important to discuss, such as climate change, police brutality and rape culture. They host online calls, where high school students practice navigating those conversations with each other and under their guidance. What are the responsibilities of a SLA Coach? Each SLA Coach is assigned a group of 5-6 high school students each semester and are responsible for these tasks: - Attend (Virtual) Orientation (Week 1) - Facilitate The Program (Weeks 2-7) - Facilitate 6 calls with your group of students - Monitor and grade their assignments on Google Classroom - Evaluate Your Students (Week 8) What is the commitment? An SLA Coach is expected to commit 3-5 hours per week for 8 weeks for at least 1 semester (fall, spring and/or summer). To apply, send a resume and cover letter to becky@novelly.org.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/21

Operations Assistant for Children's Institute, Inc. (Ages 55+)

Quick Overview: We are looking for help in revising our volunteer handbook. Organization Name: Children’s Institute, Inc. Organization Website: https://www.childrensinstitute.org/ Mission: Founded in 1906, Children’s Institute (CII) is the largest agency of its kind working to transform the lives of children exposed to adversity and poverty in Los Angeles. By providing early education, behavioral health and family strengthening services, Children's Institute reaches 26,000 children and families annually in communities where support is needed the most. CII also leads the way in trauma-informed care and evidence-based clinical treatment by training thousands of professionals and caregivers throughout the year. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Like many organizations, Children’s Institute, Inc. has been working to adapt to today’s changing landscape. Because these changes include an increase in virtual volunteering, we are looking for an Operations Assistant who can help revise our volunteer handbook to include the new types of volunteer. The Operations Assistant will: - Research best practices for managing digital volunteers - Review & update the current volunteer handbook, which was last updated August 2017 - Revise the handbook language to reflect new guidelines and requirements for virtual volunteering Requirements: - Passion for supporting and advocating for children Strong writing skills - HR and or Legal background preferred Time Commitment: Flexible, 5 hours per week. Project would ideally be completed in 1 month.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/21

Translate Subtitles into Spanish

Quick Overview: We seek volunteers to help us translate Spanish subtitles for our YouTube videos, so that our content will be more accessible to people in our community. Mission: Young Storytellers engages creativity through the art of storytelling. Using the timeless techniques of mentoring, collaboration, and performance, we provide public school students with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life. Our mission is to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice. Impact: Translated subtitles for our videos will make our content more accessible to people in our community, particularly the students and families that we serve. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteers should have a strong grasp of writing, grammar, and attention to detail. Previous transcribing experience and proficiency in business or education-specific Spanish is preferred. These projects can be completed on a flexible schedule, and volunteers can complete as many videos as desired, all from the comfort/safety of their own home. Before approval, volunteers for this project will be asked to translate two paragraphs of English text into Spanish, as well as a potential phone/email conversation with our Volunteer Outreach Specialist, to assess language proficiency and writing style. Requirements: Volunteers for this project should: Have experience working in YouTube's Creator Studio Have strong writing and grammar experience Have attention to detail Previous transcription expereince is preferred.

Through 10/30/20

Transcribe English Subtitles for Videos

Quick Overview: We seek volunteers to help us transcribe English subtitles for our YouTube videos, so that our content will be more accessible to people in our community. Mission: Young Storytellers engages creativity through the art of storytelling. Using the timeless techniques of mentoring, collaboration, and performance, we provide public school students with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life. Our mission is to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice. Impact: With subtitles, our videos will be more easily accessed by our students, families, school partners, donors, and corporate partners. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteers should have a strong grasp of writing, grammar, and attention to detail. Previous transcribing experience preferred. These projects can be completed on a flexible schedule, and volunteers can complete as many videos as desired, all from the comfort/safety of their own home. Requirements: Volunteers for this project should: Have experience working in YouTube's Creator Studio Have strong writing and grammar experience Have attention to detail Previous transcription experience is preferred.

Through 10/30/20

Be A Mentor for A Low-Income High School Student

Quick Overview: Are you craving a 1:1 volunteer experience where you can really make a meaningful impact on someone else's life? If so, volunteer as a mentor with Minds Matter - you'll work directly with a low-income, first-generation high school student from Sophomore through Senior year, helping them understand their goals and potential and providing them individual encouragement and guidance. Impact: We work with students beginning in their sophomore year of high school all the way through their graduation from high school, both on academics (test prep, writing) and on life skills (time management, financial literacy, leadership). Each student is paired with two mentors who stay with them through the duration of the program. The vast majority of our students will be the first from their families to attend college, and we strive to give them the tools they need to thrive in college and in life. Mission: Minds Matter is an organization dedicated to preparing motivated and bright students from low-income families to succeed in college. For more information, visit the Minds Matter LA webiste (http://mindsmatterla.org or email us at volunteer@mindsmatterla.org). Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Mentors are paired with a co-mentor and a student. Mentoring sessions occur every Saturday during the academic school year and are divided into activities to help you build a bond with your mentee and focused time for both mentors to help their mentee navigate the various projects that are part of the program's curriculum, such as applying to summer programs at universities across the country where they can get a taste of college-level courses and life on campus. Participate every Saturday during the academic school year from 12pm-2:30pm (approx 25 sessions/year, currently on zoom but ultimately in Boyle Heights) Attend at least 75% of the Saturday sessions Check in with your student and your co-mentor on a weekly phone call Additional Details: Notable Minds Matter LA facts 10 graduating classes - 130 graduates 100% of program graduates have been accepted to 4 year colleges, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, other Ivy League colleges, UC Berkeley, UCLA, among others Scholarships recipients: 7 Millennium Gates Scholar, 3 Milken Scholars, 2 Posse Scholars, 1 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar Notable internships: McKinsey Research Center, Mayor's Office (Los Angeles) Once you've expressed interest, the opportunity coordinator will follow-up with additional application details. ​

Through 10/31/20

Help Close the Virtual Gap

Quick Overview: Help ensure that ALL kids have access to the academic and social capital necessary to succeed! Take the first step in becoming an online tutor for 5th and 6th grade students who don't have the benefit of paid tutoring. Mission: Step Up Tutoring’s mission is to innovate and scale free online tutoring for families who cannot afford private tutoring. Amidst the uncertainty and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteer tutors provide mentorship and emotional support for students. Our goal is to increase engagement, improve academic performance, and strengthen students’ social safety net. ​ Impact: Students who fall behind often never catch up. This training will start you on the road to offering free tutoring for some of our most vulnerable students who are being left behind in the new remote learning environment. With your help we can fight to close the virtual digital achievement gap. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: When you click "Express Interest," the opportunity coordinator will reach out with additional information on tutoring requirements. To become a Step Up Tutor, you will need to complete the following: Complete Step Up Application Complete a 1-hour Zoom training Complete the training manual Complete a LiveScan background check Commit to a minimum of two hours per week to work 1 on 1 with a student online Requirements: No tutoring experience required! Access to a computer with internet. Some tech savy skills. (dont worry, there will be support for you through the process) QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below INTERESTED? Click the Express Interest button to get started!

Through 12/2/20