LAYC’s Food & Nutrition Program serves youth across the organization with hands-on cooking and nutrition classes. The program is in need of volunteers to serve as assistants in its day-time and after school classes. Basic home cooking knowledge is a plus, as is Spanish-language ability, but neither is required. The program seeks volunteers who are eager to engage with youth about food! This is an opportunity to work closely with youth as they learn to grow, buy, and cook healthy and affordable food.

Dates and Times

Opportunities are available most weekdays (no weekends), at different times each day. Most classes begin before 5 p.m. Classes are always being added, so interested volunteers should reach out to see what is currently available.


LAYC Kaplan Building – 1419 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC 20009

LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School – 3224 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20009

Youth Build Public Charter School – 3220 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20009

Rita Bright Family & Youth Center – 2500 14th St NW, Washington DC 20009

Volunteer Commitment

Volunteers should be able to commit to helping once a week for the entire class series (usually six to ten weeks). For example, every Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm for 10 weeks.

How to Apply

Potential intern(s) should email Julia at with their interest, availability, and any relevant experience. Emails will be followed by a brief conversation in person or over the phone to discuss the role and make sure the volunteer is a good fit.

Required Clearances

Intern(s) selected will be asked to complete a local police clearance and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry.