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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 through 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

Click here to sign up for a free account - the first step in using our volunteer database.

Click here to browse available opportunities. You can filter volunteer opportunities by selecting "Appropriate for" and inputting your age on the left-hand side, and the opportunities geared toward that age will pop up.

We are still uploading the majority of our opportunities. In the meantime, you may contact Trisha Smith, Volunteer Services Manager, at trisha@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009* and we will help make a match for you. However, we are unable to do same-day matches or make matches for the upcoming weekend.

*Please note: Volunteer match call-in hours are Monday and Wednesday afternoons (1:30 - 4:00 p.m.) or Wednesday mornings (10:00 a.m. - noon). You may email about volunteer matches at any time.

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.

Durfee Family Scholarships

Each year, the Volunteer Center awards five Durfee Family Scholarships to local, low-income high school seniors to assist them with the cost of classes and materials during their first year of college. Deserving community college, technical school, and California State college-bound students are given priority, but all students are encouraged to apply. The recipients are chosen in recognition of their ability to overcome personal struggles and hardships while still dedicating time to volunteering and serving their community. For questions about this program or to make a donation so we can help more recipients, contact Trisha Smith, Volunteer Services Manager, at volopps@volctr-sobay.org or (310) 212-5009. 

Click here to read about the five Durfee Family Scholarships awarded to local college-bound students

VolunTEEN Summer Program

Students age 13 to 17 can enroll in the VolunTEEN Summer Program each Spring, giving them the opportunity to become a more civically engaged member of our community through volunteer service over the summer.

Participants receive assistance in finding a volunteer match and then spend 20+ hours volunteering at their selected nonprofit organization. The program also includes a kick-off training session, reflection project, certificate of completion, and end-of-summer celebration, where they have the opportunity to share about their experience and hear from other participants.

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, contact Trisha Smith, Volunteer Services Manager, at trisha@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009.