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Become a Project Leader

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

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

Signature Projects 

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

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

Leadership Opportunities:

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*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Guitar lessons for At-Risk Youth

What: Lead other volunteers in guitar lessons for underserved youth. About Hathaway Sycamores: Hathaway enriches the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities via a wide range of services such as youth residences, mental health support, foster care, and more. The volunteer opportunity you'd lead: At "MUSICWORKS: Guitar with At-Risk Youth," kids with limited exposure to music learn to play guitar, write their own songs, and express themselves. Community volunteers who can play the guitar act as tutors to help them. As the Project Leader, you'd: design and lead the guitar classes confirm, orient, and supervise volunteers manage all communication between volunteers, Hathaway, and L.A. Works Time Commitment: Every other Saturday morning from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Location: Highland Park in East L.A. Project Leader Requirements: Some skill in guitar required, but expertise is not Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear Hathaway Sycamore's background checks Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

8/24/19 12:00 AM

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Serve Food to the Homeless

What: Do more than just show up. Lead the way and become the Project Leader for the "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission" About the LA Mission: Los Angeles Mission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless living on the streets of downtown’s Skid Row. The event you'd manage: At "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission," 5-10 volunteers bring a warm, hearty evening meal to some of the 1,800 homeless served daily. Volunteers will organize/clean the kitchen, prepare/serve the meal, and know they're protecting some Skid Row residents from going to bed hungry. Date and time: Leaders needed for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. (Leaders typically only take 1 night/week.) The opportunity runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Location: Skid Row, Downtown. Project Leader Requirements: Leaders must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months. Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear a background check Project Leader Responsibilities: Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers at events Manage all communication between volunteers, LA Mission, and L.A. Works Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Garden for Students

What: Step up your volunteer game by becoming the Project Leader for the Environmental Media Association's School Garden Program. About LA Family Housing: Environmental Media Association (EMA) wants to put a garden in every school in America. Through celebrity mentoring, corporate and public funding, they currently support 20 school gardens across LA. The event you'd manage: At "SPRUCE IT UP: Garden at LA Schools," you would lead a team of volunteers in monthly maintenance of one or more school gardens. You'll have a blast getting your hands dirty as you mulch, weed, and fertilize. Time commitment: You set the day and time for your monthly maintenance. You must also commit to leading for a minimum of 6 months. Project Leader Requirements: Gardening expertise not necessary - a master gardener will advise and support Attend an L.A. Works training. Commit to supporting the project for at least 6 months. Project Leader Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers on day of gardening Visit gardening site ahead of time and liaise with Master Gardener on what needs to be done Manage all communication between volunteers, LAFH, and L.A. Works Project Leader Benefits: Greatly increase your gardening knowledge Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Playtime with kids at LAFH

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

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Beach clean up and game day

What: Go beyond regular volunteering and become a Project Leader for the "GET ACTIVE: Beach Clean Up and Games" volunteer opportunity with Heal the Bay. About Heal the Bay: Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life. The event you'd manage: At "GET ACTIVE: Beach Clean Up and Games," up to 200 volunteers do a beach clean up followed by a volleyball tournament fundraiser. Participants also have the option to clean up all day or play non-competitive beach games like corn hole, etc. Date and time: 2 Saturdays per year. Next one scheduled is 8/25. Location: The Strand, Hermosa Beach Project Leader Requirements: Commit to six months of leading the project Attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Pass a background check Project Leader Benefits: Make a bigger impact Gain valuable leadership and event management skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Hermosa Beach, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Help Public School Students Rock

What: Step up your volunteer game by leading music volunteers in LAUSD Modern Band classrooms. About Little Kids Rock: Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers. They do this by partnering with school districts, training public school teachers in their innovative curriculum, and donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs. The event you'd manage: At "MUSICWORKS: Teach Kids to Rock," community volunteers skilled in an instrument help public school students learn to play and appreciate music. As the Project Leader, you'd: recruit and train volunteers assign, direct, and supervise volunteers manage all communication between volunteers, Little Kids Rock, and L.A. Works be led by a public school teacher who will be in charge of teaching the curriculum Time Commitment: Time and day varies from school to school, but averages 2-4 hours per week during school hours. Leaders must commit to the role for a minimum of 6 months. Location: Public schools all across LA. Project Leader Requirements: Prior musical experience is NOT required - but certainly helpful Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear any background checks required by their school Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Through 12/31/19

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

National Community Service