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Volunteer Opportunities - Fall 2016 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)! As a community-based organization serving over 4,000 individuals each year in three jurisdictions, LAYC relies on the time and talents of its neighbors to fulfill its mission. Each year, LAYC volunteers donate hundreds of hours to projects ranging from homework tutoring, space beautification, or serving meals at our annual holiday celebration.

Our current available opportunities vary throughout the year, so please check back often or sign-up for volunteer alerts.

If any particular opportunity listed below fits your interests, availability, and commitment, please sign-up by following the application instructions in the description.  A staff person will be in touch with you for more information so you can get started.  

NOTE: Each program has unique on-boarding processes. Some opportunities that deal directly with minors require specific security and background checks.

 

Tutor College Students in First Year Courses

The Post-Secondary Success Program seeks volunteers to tutor currently enrolled college students in the following subjects: Basic College-level Math/Algebra, English and Sciences for the Fall 2016 semester. Tutoring sessions would occur at the Latin American Youth Center. Tutoring session would take place twice a week in the early evenings. Transportation stipend is available for participating volunteers.  Knowledge or experience working with first-generation college-bound students a plus. Bilingual English-Spanish speakers preferred but not required.

Dates: Thursdays

Times: 5 pm – 7:30 p.m.  

Location: LAYC Anchor site, 1419 Columbia Road NW

Volunteer Commitment: Minimum 2 hour weekly commitment for semester (end of September through mid-December)   

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit their current resume and a brief paragraph expressing their interest to Melissa Gudiel at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief interview with program coordinator.

Required Clearances: Volunteers selected may be asked to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. 

 

Tutor Students Afterschool at DC School Sites

The Education team seeks up to 15 individual volunteers to tutor students in DC Public Schools (DCPS) currently enrolled in various grades (elementary, middle, or high school-aged). Academic support is needed in the areas of reading, writing, and STEM. This is an opportunity for direct youth one-on-one engagement via tutoring, homework help, and limited mentoring. Tutoring sessions would occur at various DCPS sites in NW where the education team hosts afterschool programs. Tutoring sessions will take place between 3 – 6 p.m., depending on a volunteer’s schedule, but the critical hour for availability is 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Bilingual English-Spanish speakers (and other languages) are encouraged to apply to support tutoring with limited English-speaking students. The ideal volunteer will be a college undergraduate or graduate student. 

Dates: Monday – Friday, flexible commitment of one – five days a week.

Times: 3:00 p.m. – 6 p.m., flexible commitment of 1 – 3 hours per tutoring session.

Location: DC public schools sites in NW Washington, DC (to be determined)

Volunteer Commitment:  Weekly minimum of 1-3 hours, or one afternoon during afterschool time for the Full semester schedule (approximately September – December 2016). Individual volunteer schedules will be arranged with the program manager.

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit their current resume and a brief paragraph expressing their interest, skills, and available schedule to Kynai Johnson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief interview with program manager.

Required Clearances: Volunteers selected may be asked to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry, in addition to clearances required by DCPS. 

 

Help Youth Succeed in Obtaining Their GED 

The Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) Langley Park Workforce Program seeks volunteers to provide individual support for GED students. This is an opportunity for direct youth one-on-one engagement via tutoring, homework help, and limited mentoring. As the GED test has become more rigorous, the program wants to provide its highly motivated youth with as much assistance as possible towards achieving their goals. Each student has an individualized study plan of skills they need to master in order to be prepared to take the GED. Students benefit from one-on-one tutoring to help them progress towards mastery of those skills. Tutors will offer academic support in the areas of reading, math, science, or social studies. The ideal volunteer will be an adult,  college undergraduate or graduate student with daytime availability of a minimum of one hour between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Dates: Wednesdays from mid-September to mid-November

Times: 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m., flexible commitment of 1 – 2 hours per tutoring session

Location: MMYC Langley Park site - 7411 Riggs Rd., Suite 418, Hyattsville, MD 20783

Volunteer Commitment:  Weekly minimum of 1-2 hours on Wednesdays for 3 months (approximately September – November 2016)

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit their current resume and a brief paragraph expressing their interest, skills, and available schedule to Kristen Patterson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief interview with program manager.

Required Clearances: Volunteers selected may be asked to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry, in addition to clearances required by DCPS. 

 

Mentor Youth in Health Related Careers

The Teen Health Promoters program (THP) is now recruiting health professionals or students to serve as mentors for its 2016-2017 youth cohort. THP is a year-long afterschool program at LAYC for motivated high school students. The program empowers students to pursue health personally, professionally, and to advocate for health in their communities. THP currently seeks Health professionals to mentor high school students interested in health careers. THP participants are matched with health care professionals according to career interests. Mentors may include doctors, public health professionals, hospital administrators, and medical students. Mentors guide youths’ career exploration, share experiences, and support youth in their career paths.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mentors commitments and requirements:

Must be health professional or student in any health-related field 

Complete the THP Mentor application form and background check requirements

Serve as a mentor from January to June 2017 (a 6 month commitment)

Communicate with mentee at least once a week via phone, text, social media or in person (a weekly one-on-one youth engagement commitment)

Participate in mentoring events once a month (dates listed in the application.) 

Required Clearances: Volunteers selected may be asked to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. 

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit their completed application to Nicole Conner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief interview.  If you have any question becoming a mentor or for more information, please contact Nicole Conner at (202) 319.2559, or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Assist Housing Programs with Systems Improvements - Short-term commitment to volunteer remotely 

LAYC’s Housing programs provide transitional living services for youth 18-24 years old who are homeless or experiencing unstable housing in the DC area. The program seeks two administrative volunteers to help improve language access via documents for youth and database systems. Ideal volunteers will be highly skilled individuals with flexible hours to work remotely. In addition, ideal volunteers must work independently on assigned tasks via their own computer or laptop and communicate regularly with staff contacts via email or phone. Creative volunteers with strong writing and communications skills are strongly preferred.

Document translator: A volunteer will support the team in translating a number of programmatic documents from English to Spanish, ensuring that materials are clear and accurate. Documents include intake and release forms, notifications and policies, youth welcome manual, etc. Volunteer must be able to translate technical documents in a relevant manner to ensure language access for Spanish-speaking youth. Strong English-Spanish bilingual (preferred fluent) writing and translating skills are required. Volunteers are encouraged to complete assignments remotely with occasional in-person meetings with staff.

Database developer: A volunteer will support the team in creating a new database using Microsoft Access to help accurately collect relevant data from across various housing programs. Volunteers must be familiar with Microsoft Access and comfortable creating and editing new systems. Volunteer must be able to complete assignments independently following guidance provided by collaborating with the housing team to identify their data collection needs and concerns. Volunteers are encouraged to complete assignments remotely with occasional in-person meetings with staff.

Date:  Flexible dates to be arranged with program contact

Time: Flexible hours to be arranged with program contact

Location: Assignments to be completed remotely, with occasional meetings on-site at the Housing Program office in Columbia Heights.

Volunteer Commitment: Minimum 4-6 hours per month, with the aim of completing tasks in a 3-month time frame.

How to Sign-up: Interested volunteers should submit their current resume and a brief paragraph expressing their interest and skills, including contact information and schedule of availability to Janeth Chorlango at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligible volunteers will be invited for a brief interview with program staff.

Required Clearances: None for this one-time opportunity. 

 

Distribute Food Packages at MMYC Riverdale – one time event or monthly opportunity

Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) Riverdale will host its monthly Food Bank Distribution Day in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, William Wirt Middle School and Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.  The event is an outdoor food bank where food packages are distributed to community members by MMYC staff and volunteers. The event expects to reach over 200 families in the Riverdale, MD community.  The team seeks approximately 10 volunteers to  assist with special events support, including set-up and break-down, registration table, packing assembly lines, loading and clean-up efforts. Volunteers would be also be assisting the MMYC staff with the distribution of the food packages. The ideal volunteer will be available for the full event (approximately 4 -5 hours in the morning) and able to lift, load, and carry heavy objects for set-up and break-down.  This is a one-time event for the month of July and/or August, however, interested volunteers may commit to helping with the Food Bank Distribution Day monthly.

Date: This is a reccurring monthly event held on the morning of every third Thursday of each month, rain or shine.

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: MMYC Riverdale site at Center for Educational Partnership 6200 Sheridan Street Riverdale, MD 20737

Volunteer Commitment:  one-time event, with a minimum of 4 hours to provide support through the entire morning event. If you’re interested in volunteering monthly for this re-occurring event, please communicate your interest to Gabriela Gonzalez.

How to Sign-up:  Please send an email to Gabriela Gonzalez at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , describing your interest and preferred date(s) for participation. 

Required Clearances: None for this one-time event. 

 

Group Inquiries:

Are you a school, faith or community-based organization, or corporate group looking to volunteer with LAYC? Tell us more in our Groups Request Form. We can't guarantee to fulfill all group requests, but we will do our best to find a scheduling and project match when appropriate.