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Children & Youth Education


Youth volunteerism and service
Engaging and encouraging youth volunteerism and development

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Ready to make a difference in the life of a child in Koreatown?

Quick Overview: Volunteering with children can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences in life! Help K-12th grade students complete their homework, guide them through projects and activities, support the instructors overall classroom management, and provide general administrative support to the afterschool program. Mission or Broader Program Description: The Koreatown Youth and Community Center 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. Impact: Research has shown that every child is just one caring adult away from being a success story. KYCC’s K-12 youth programs serve 500 children a year, so your time and energy can mean that one more child will have a better chance in life with just a few hours a week. We’ve found that our volunteers get just as much, if not more out of building this relationship with kids who would thrive with just a little more attention. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: In addition to the description above, for those who are more experienced or who would like to learn, opportunities are also available to create and develop curricula, lead activities, or intern to get a deeper dive into working with youth and afterschool programs. Requirements: Must be at least in 9th grade or above. High school participants will also have to complete an application and interview prior to start. As with any youth program, adult volunteers are asked to participate in an interview, and background check (paid and arranged by KYCC) and submit proof of TB test from within the past year. If proof of TB is not available, this can be easily completed at your KYCC orientation free of charge. Must commit to a minimum of four hours a week and a six month term. * 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: Generally speaking, KYCC youth programs operate Monday-Friday from 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. A full listing of KYCC volunteer opportunities are also available here.

Los Angeles, CA

4/1/20 2:00 PM + more

Be a mentor for a low-income high school student

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. 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. Mission: Minds Matter is an organization dedicated to preparing motivated and bright students from low-income families to succeed in college. 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. For more information, visit the Minds Matter LA website at http://mindsmatterla.org/ or email us at info@mindsmatterla.org. To Apply: Fill out the application at https://tfaforms.com/310839 Mentor Commitment: * Participate every Saturday during the academic school year from 12pm-2:30pm (approx 25 sessions/year, 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 Notable Minds Matter LA facts: 8 graduating classes - 115 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) Notable job placements: Disney Animation, Teach For America, Barclays

Los Angeles, CA

4/4/20 12:00 PM + more

*BE A KID AGAIN: Game Night with Midnight Mission's Youth

What: Read books, do crafts, and get active with the kids at Midnight Mission's Homelight Family Living Program. Midnight Mission offers a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job placement. Midnight Mission's Homelight Family Living Program goes beyond emergency care by providing long-term solutions for families - highlighting the structure, accountability, and opportunity. Volunteer Project: The children at Midnight Mission’s Homelight Family Living Program in Inglewood look forward to every Tuesday night when L.A. Works volunteers spend time with them playing games, doing arts and crafts projects (from Play-Doh to rockets), reading books, and just having fun while their parents attend classes and counseling sessions. The seemingly simple act of interacting with the children is a highlight of their day and can be of yours too! Video: CBS 2's coverage of this project at Midnight Mission Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 6 years of age. Minors: Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian this Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. Minors under 13 years of age will also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Federal Law prohibits volunteers under the age of 13 from registering on-line. To sign up a family member under the age of 13, sign yourself up and then email the project leader directly to let her/him know. Or, form a family volunteer team, include your children as team members, and then sign your team up for the project. 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.

Inglewood, CA

4/7/20 6:15 PM + more

Registered Nurses Needed for Overnight Camp Clearance

Quick Overview: Children’s Institute provides early education, behavioral health and family strengthening services to 26,000 children and families each year. We also train professionals and caregivers in trauma-informed care, evidence-based clinical treatment, parenting and fatherhood. Learn more about CII at https://www.childrensinstitute.org/. Mission or Broader Program Description: Our 2-night overnight camp, Camp Booth, is an annual camping trip offered to CII clients, which offers a unique opportunity to experience nature, socialize with peers, and participate in an array of fun activities. Impact: You will be ensuring that clients can safely and healthily attend camp! Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteers will perform thorough lice checks on each child and show parents how to check for lice. Requirements: Must be a registered nurse.

Los Angeles, CA

4/8/20 7:00 AM + 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

4/11/20 9:00 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

4/11/20 9:30 AM + more

Corporate Adopt-a-GameDay

IMPORTANT: Before registering, please check the LA Scores website for remaining available open dates and additional information on Corporate Adopt-a-GameDay, please visit our website here: https://www.lascores.org/adopt-a-gameday Quick Overview: Group volunteer opportunity for a team of 10-20 volunteers to help LA Scores organize its weekly Friday Soccer GameDay for under-served elementary school kids. Mission or Broader Program Description: Founded in 2002, America SCORES Los Angeles inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. America SCORES LA partners with urban schools to provide a no-cost, high-quality, team-based after school program that integrates soccer, poetry, and service-learning. Impact: Our innovative approach improves students’ health, academic achievement, and civic engagement. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Every Friday afternoon during our 10 week after-school program we bring approximately 80 students together from neighboring school sites for some friendly interschool competition. For many of the under-resourced students we serve, this unique part of our SCORES program is the highlight of their week - and your company can be part of the magic and truly make a difference in their lives! We work hand-in-hand with our corporate partners to customize a successful employee engagement opportunity built around the excitement of our weekly Friday GameDay event. Volunteers will help with fields set up (minigoals and cones), snacks and water table setup, volunteers can also assist in coaching, refereeing and supporting the students as they play, help with passing out water and snacks, taking photos and video, and social media. We can easily accommodate 10-20 employee volunteers with this event. Requirements: This opportunity is a single day (3 hour) corporate group opportunity for 10-20 volunteers from 2:00pm-5:00pm on any of the Friday dates listed. (not a recurring weekly opportunity for the same group). IMPORTANT: Before registering, please check the LA Scores website for remaining available open dates and additional information on Corporate Adopt-a-GameDay, please visit our website here: https://www.lascores.org/adopt-a-gameday

Los Angeles, CA

4/17/20 2:00 PM + more

24th Annual Annabelle Godwin Play Day

What a fun day! This FREE community event is a great way to spend a few hours. Overview Play Day is a time for families to learn through play with their children. A fun event for children, parents and the community, Play Day provides hands-on activities for children of every age. Play Day is an example of the way in which the child development community continues to come together to educate and inform parents, at no cost to them, about the importance of early childhood education. This exciting event draws approximately 2,000 attendees each year. CCRC's mission to is cultivate child, family, and community well-being. Impact: By volunteering to help us with this free family play day, you will be helping us fulfill our mission and helping to build strong and healthy families and communities. Our event includes a free farmers market, a book giveaway, and plenty of activities and games for children, while also including resources and information for parents. Regardless of which area you volunteer with, you will be directly helping children, families, and your community. The Annabelle Godwin Play Day event is named after Professor Annabelle Godwin in honor of her commitment to positive early care and education programs benefiting thousands of residents in the greater San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area. The event is presented every year for the families of CCRC’s service area. CCRC offers guests an event focused on child-enriching and sensory-driven activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school-aged children. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities Opportunities include but are not limited to: Set-up/Breakdown of tents, chairs, and booths Face Painting Hair Painting Book tent/Distribution Fruits and vegetable tent/Distribution Water and First Aid tent Requirements: We ask that volunteers be at least 16 years of age and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian if needed. * 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. Volunteers will be required to work the entire 8am-1:30pm shift, lunch will be provided. To sign up, Click on the Sign Up button below.

Los Angeles, CA

4/18/20 7:00 AM

*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

5/2/20 10:30 AM + 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

5/3/20 1:30 PM + more

*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

5/3/20 2:00 PM + 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

Through7/31/20

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

Through6/30/20

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

Through6/30/20

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

Through6/30/20

Become a College Coach!

Title: ScholarMatch is currently recruiting adults with college degrees who would like to mentor first-generation college students through the college application process! Quick Overview: Volunteers commit to mentoring high school seniors through the college application process, checking in on their progress once a month and/or opt to "drop-in" during our evening college coaching sessions to assist students with all things college related. Organization Name and Website: ScholarMatch: https://scholarmatch.org/ Mission or Broader Program Description: ScholarMatch’s mission is to make college possible for underserved youth by matching students with donors, resources, colleges and professional networks. ScholarMatch’s services span a seven-year continuum to support students throughout their entire college journey. Beginning in high school, we deliver free, targeted in-person and online support to students who are the first in their family to attend college. College students receive the critical combination of 1:1 advising by staff, strategic scholarship support and career mentoring to support their path all the way to college graduation. Impact: At ScholarMatch, we believe that access to higher education changes lives. But, in our country, only 11% of low-income and first-generation college students graduate in 6 years. We know that’s not enough. At ScholarMatch, 81% of these students graduate. Our services, our volunteers, our donors, and our scholarships transform the lives of our students. And, in turn, our students transform the world we live in. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: ScholarMatch just opened a drop-in college center in Boyle Heights and we are looking for volunteers who can support during our drop-in hours and/or match with local students for a yearlong advising relationship. Volunteers who are matched with a local LA student but can’t make it to the center for a meeting, can mentor students virtually via email, text and phone calls! Volunteers commit approximately 2-4 hours a month, either checking in on their mentee or attending two of our evening college coaching nights. Requirements: Volunteers must have earned a college degree in any field, complete a series of five online modules (at their pace and from the comfort of their home) and must pass a background check prior to working with students. For drop-in volunteers, our college coaching sessions will begin in late August and go through December, Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Volunteers who are matched with a student set their own check-in schedule and meet once a month. 
 Additional Details: Our office is located in Boyle Heights, about 10 minutes east of Downtown Los Angeles. Parking will be available for volunteers who support our evening college drop-in hours. Accessibility: Our parking lot is equipped with a ramp for volunteers in wheelchairs and our site is accessible for all assistive mobility devices.

Los Angeles, CA

Through5/1/20

*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

Through6/30/20

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

Through6/30/20

Homework and Enrichment for 1st through 12th Grade Students

Stars is unleashing the potential of children, youth and families in vulnerable communities, providing after school, mentoring and summer activities to help students thrive. Stars' After School Program Help students thrive through Stars' After School program with homework assistance, enriching activities like science experiments, gardening, art, acting classes, etc., reading with elementary students, hands-on career discovery experiences and more! This program works with 100+ students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, August 20th, 2019 through May 7th, 2020. Impact: Work with the same students every week, developing a consistent and meaningful relationship. Help students learn, create goals, discover career opportunities, feel supported, and be excited about their future! Requirements No experience necessary! Must be at least 14 years of age. Expected to attend your assigned day and time every week for the rest of the school year. 18 or older must complete and clear a background check. Submit a volunteer application and attend a casual interview. 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. Time Commitment: 1 hour per week from your start date through the rest of the school year. Tues, Wed or Thurs, 4:15-5pm or 5:30-6:30pm Benefits: The time commitment is only about 1 hour per week, but the enjoyment, satisfaction and accomplishment is huge! Earn volunteer hours for school or work Get teaching experience to build your resume Receive training from the Volunteer Department How to Get Started: Apply at https://forms.gle/M3hyU59odkeedciF9 Be sure to provide a good email address. A staff person will contact you after you apply to schedule a casual interview. Check us out at gostars.org

Pasadena, CA

Through5/7/20

*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

Through6/30/20

Mentors (50+ years of age) For First-Year, First-Generation College Students

Quick Overview: Support and mentor, build relationships, provide guidance, share experience, help students navigate through the first year of college. Make a connection, guide, and focus on students' career and education goals, help bridge the gap between generations. Mission or Broader Program Description: Bresee is a youth and community service center in Los Angeles, serving a population residing in Central Los Angeles that is living at or below the poverty level. As a means to break the cycle, Bresee has a College Success program, providing scholarships and ongoing support to ensure our students have equity in education and the support to succeed. Bresee battles poverty by providing youth and families with relationships, skills, and resources necessary to thrive. Impact: By becoming a Bresee mentor, you are contributing to the overall success of first-generation college students and helping them break the cycle of poverty. By supporting higher education, you help increase the student's future earning potential and are creating an opportunity for them to come back to their community and add to its strength. The results are life-changing and allow our students to go from being served to serving. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: This is a remote volunteer opportunity. A few in-person visits are necessary for training and orientation, and to match with a student. After this, you will connect with your student through phone, email, text, Facetime, etc. The time commitment is between 2-4 hours per month, for one school year. Currently seeking mentors for the 2020-2021 school year. Requirements: This mentorship opportunity is geared for volunteers 50+ years and up. Volunteers will need access to a phone or computer and be able to communicate through email, texts, and possibly in-person (location permitting). A LiveScan is required, along with training, orientation, and an application. Additional Details: Accessibility: Remote opportunity

Los Angeles, CA

Through5/18/20

*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!

Through6/30/20

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Classroom Volunteer

Quick Overview: Volunteers get to work in the classroom under direct supervision of our teachers and staff to help our ECE students learn and grow. Mission or Broader Program Description: Children’s Institute Inc. (CII) is a mental health and social services nonprofit which provides under-resourced youth and their families with free access to early childhood education, mental health, and family strengthening services. Our mission is to provide folks in Los Angeles’s most vulnerable communities with trauma-informed care and support so that they can live healthier, safer, and happier lives. Impact: Volunteers support our programs by creating relationships with our students, many of whom have experienced trauma, and providing them with healthy and stable adult role models and care-takers. Requirements: Must be 18 years or older. Must complete a background check after attending our Volunteer Orientation. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: This is an ongoing opportunity which requires at minimum, a 6 month commitment. The number of hours that volunteers will spend volunteering will depend on their availability and placement. We expect that you will be able to commit to volunteering at least once a week. Our ECE sites are located in numerous neighborhoods in Los Angeles (Echo Park, Koreatown, South LA, North Long Beach, Wilmington, Compton and Torrance). The first step is to sign up for one of our orientations by following this link: https://childrensinstituteinc.formstack.com/forms/volunteer

Through3/31/20

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.

Through10/8/20

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.

Through6/30/20

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.

Through6/30/20

Spend a Week With Our Awesome Kids as a Volunteer Summer Camp Counselor

Quick Overview: Each year our program seeks individuals who can be positive caring adult role models to our campers and families while living in and appreciating a rustic outdoor environment. Being a Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times camp counselor volunteer means changing the life of a child with cancer. Organization Name and Website: Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times – http://www.rmhsc.org/camp Mission or Broader Program Description: The Mission of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® is to create a positive, long-lasting impact on children with cancer and their families by providing fun-filled, medically supported Camp experiences. To accomplish this mission our Camp activities are intentionally designed, and our staff training is deliberately executed to enhance the opportunities for our participants to experience intended outcomes: As a result of being at Camp, each camper will: Develop a positive identity Develop independence and self-reliance Develop social competencies Feel a sense of support. Impact: By becoming a Camp Ronald McDonald counselor, you will be enriching the lives of children with cancer and their families. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: For 5 days, 24 hours a day, volunteer staff members play a number of roles to create the wonderful experience we call "Summer Camp." Two or three cabin counselors create a family for six to ten campers, joining in activities, eating meals, sleeping in the cabins, and providing friendship and supervision. Activity counselors are the group of individuals who instruct or assist in the presentation of one or two of the many activities offered at Camp. Specialized training is offered to prepare activity counselors and cabin counselors in their roles. Nurses and doctors volunteer to help provide 24-hour healthcare to our campers. They hand out the daily bandages for bumps and bruises, distribute medications at mealtimes, and monitor the health of all campers and staff. Volunteer support directors are a group of experienced staff members who provide support, coaching, and feedback to cabin and activity counselors. Requirements: Each year we look for volunteers to join the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times team to serve our campers and carry out our mission. Our group interview is designed to help us get to know each other. Our interview takes approximately three hours for a group of six to ten applicants. The interviewers are a group of experienced volunteers and paid professional staff of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times®. The actual interview process includes the following experiences: introductions (served up in campfire skit style), small group interviews (more traditional “Q and A” time), group problem-solving tasks, and role-play situations. Please remember we have created this process to enable us to select the best applicants to work with our campers, not to intimidate potential volunteers. We invite you to relax and, most importantly, to be yourself. As a reminder of what we’re looking for in our volunteers, here’s a list of minimum qualifications: Desire and ability to work with children outdoors Ability to commit to an 8 day camp session. Ability to relate to one’s peer group Ability to be a positive member of a staff team Ability to accept supervision and guidance (coaching, support) Good character, integrity, and adaptability Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control High School graduate or equivalent and at least 19 years of age Filling out our Camp Volunteer application completely

Through5/2/20

National Community Service