Giving Youth the Tools for Well-Being

Being a trusted and constant resource for youth to grow in well-being, empathy and resilience is a priority for us at the Volunteer Center. It is consistent with our Engaging Hearts & Minds (EH&M) mandate and our efforts to address challenges in the lives of young people, including mental health. Whether youth reach out because they need support or want to help others, we host programs that provide valuable life skills, peer interaction, and a sense of authentic connection. We also offer scholarships that reward young people for resilience and achievement.

We construct our teen programs in consultation with both youth and experts. These programs offer meaningful experiences that employ evidence-based approaches from service-learning to social and emotional education models.

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Impact Makers – Building Skills for Life

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Impact Makers – Building Skills for Life is a program to help youth gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. In this 12-week program (8 weeks for summer), participants learn about the issues facing our local community and the support resources that are in place to help address them. Through an immersive service-learning experience, youth have the opportunity to serve the community and empathize with the experiences of others. Together with the caring Impact Maker team and fellow peers, they uncover the tools needed to support both themselves and others.


The next cohort of Impact Makers will begin Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (Application Deadline June 15, 2024).


The Volunteer Center – 1230 Cravens Ave. Torrance, CA 90501

(Subsidized transportation assistance is may be available)

For 8 weeks, participants attend weekly group sessions one day a week from 2:00pm-4:30pm and then complete 2-3 additional hours/week of volunteer service at a service-learning placement site on an additional weekday.    


  • Must be a resident of California and must live in the South Bay, Harbor, or Long Beach areas
  • Must have been in high school student for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Must be available to attend all weekly group sessions and service-learning commitments

Click here for more information!

Scholarship Program

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Each year, the Volunteer Center awards scholarships to local graduating seniors. Recipients have demonstrated financial need and a commitment to academic endeavors, while simultaneously serving their communities and overcoming personal adversity. Our first scholarship fund was founded by a generous endowment gift made by the late Ev Durfee, longtime Volunteer Center supporter and Board member, in 1988. 

In the Spring/Summer of 2023,  $2,000 grants were awarded to help (8) students attending college in Fall of 2023. Funds will assist with the cost of classes, books, and other materials. 

Durfee Application 2024

Our Spring 2024 application is now closed.

Thank you to all applicants.

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