Our Youth Volunteer Programs
The Volunteer Center is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of lifelong volunteers and community leaders by providing meaningful opportunities of service to school-age youth (ages 5-17). Each of our Youth Programs focuses on empowering South Bay youth to make positive social change through active citizenship and service-learning.
Find Youth Volunteer Opportunities
The first step is to sign up for a quick free account which you can do HERE. If you would like to first browse the types of opportunities we have available, you can look HERE. On the left-hand side, you can filter by "Appropriate for" and list your age. Only the opportunities for that age will pop up. We are still uploading the majority of our opportunities, so in the meantime, you can call Melissa at (310) 212-5009 and we will help make a match for you. Please allow enough time for us to give you the information for a nonprofit that needs you. We are unable to do same-day or upcoming weekend matches.
We are currently looking for youth service clubs, scout troops, and other youth groups to participate in our Adopt A Family program.
Founded in September 1999, the Volunteer Center Youth Coalition (VCYC) empowers youth from 17 South Bay high schools to effectively promote positive social change in the community through meaningful volunteerism and active citizenship. As members of the VCYC, teens are given the opportunity to collaborate with other high school students in identifying the needs of the community. In understanding these needs and how they can be addressed, VCYC members plan and coordinate regional service projects to benefit these causes.
The VCYC is currently accepting applications for November recruitment. Interested students should fill out an application by November 13th. A member of the VCYC will follow up to schedule an interview.
VIVA Summer Service Learning
Volunteer.Involvement.Voice.Action (VIVA) is a service-learning program that is offered to teens ages 12-18 during the summer. As participants of the VIVA program, teens will have the opportunity to channel their creativity and passion in meaningful community service, engage in the world around them, and address problems of local, national or global importance. The VIVA program encourages youth to be more than just volunteers by incorporating service-learning activities that revolve around decision-making, leadership, and teamwork. Teens undergo a comprehensive volunteer training to enrich their summer of service and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to take action and solve problems in their communities.
The VolunTEEN Workshop Program is a training session designed for teens (ages 12-18) who want to make the most out of their volunteering experiences. After a VolunTEEN training session, teens will know how to be successful volunteers, determine which opportunities will achieve their volunteering goals, and obtain helpful resources for completing service hours. Upon conclusion of the seminar, each attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion of the VolunTEEN Workshop. VolunTEEN workshops are led by teens that have volunteered at local nonprofit organizations. Call us if you want VolunTEEN to be hosted at your school.
National Days of Service
The Volunteer Center is committed to supporting nationwide efforts that promote service, charity, and compassion by observing the following National Days of Service:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - January
- Global Youth Service Day - April
- 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance - September
- Make A Difference Day - October
Durfee Family Scholarships
Through the Durfee Family Scholarship Fund, the Volunteer Center provides financial assistance to deserving young people who might not otherwise be able to attend institutions of higher learning. Each $750 scholarship is awarded to a South Bay high school graduating senior who is college bound and has overcome challenges in his or her life.
What Our Youth Think
"Words cannot express how grateful I am to be in the Volunteer Center Youth Coalition. In this past year, I went from being a regular teenager, doing nothing, to a leader and a more active member of my community. I have done such a wide variety of different volunteer activities and feel as if I have truly made an impact in others' lives. I have/am still learning more leadership skills that differentiate me from my peers... I have made so many changes and have become a far better and more confident person because of the Volunteer Center Youth Coalition."
-Gwyneth O., Redondo Union High School
For more information on our programs for youth, contact the Director, Volunteer Services, Melissa McCormick at 310-212-5009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.