"...at the heart of helping."

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. 


VolunTEEN Summer Program- Enrollment Open!

Do you know a teen that wants (or needs) to spend the summer engaged in community service? We are now enrolling students ages 13-17 in our VolunTEEN Summer Program. Here's the details: 

  • Open to teens ages 13-17
  • Kick-Off Training Wed., May 31 6:00 p.m. 
  • Assistance finding a volunteer match for the summer
  • 20+ hours of volunteering at a nonprofit (Transportation not provided) 
  • Completion of a reflection project
  • End of Summer sharing and celebration
  • Certificate of completion
  • Summer program is $35.00 per student

Interested students should fill out this form, space is limited. Deadline to apply is May 15. For questions, please please call or email Melissa McCormick (310) 212-5009 or mmccormick.volcenter@gmail.com. 


Durfee Family Scholarship

It is with great pleasure that The Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach announces five $800 Durfee Family Scholarships for graduating seniors in the South Bay and Long Beach who are looking to go on to college.  Deserving community college, technical school, and California State College-bound students will be given priority, but we encourage all students to apply. 

The application deadline is May 1, 2017. To print a copy of the application please click here.


Volunteer Center Youth CoalitionGlobal Youth Service Day 2015

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.


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 mmccormick.volcenter@gmail.com.