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Volunteer Opportunities - Winter 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 to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. Each year, LAYC volunteers donate hundreds of hours to individual and group projects ranging from homework tutoring, space beautification, or serving meals at our annual community holiday celebration. 

There are opportunities for a variety of interests and availability. Our openings vary throughout the year, so please check back often or sign-up for volunteer alerts.

Current Openings

One-time events or opportunities are listed at the top by date, followed by any short or long-term commitment opportunities. If any particular opportunity fits your interests, availability, and commitment preference, please sign-up by clicking on the link or follow the application instructions in each description.  A staff person for that particular volunteer opportunity will be in touch with you for more information. 

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

 

Tutor High School Students After School 

The Zone is a tutoring program that provides educational and academic support for youth from immigrant backgrounds. The Zone seeks volunteers to assist with tutoring in math, science, English, and history. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with one youth or with or a group of youth in different subject areas. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to lead workshops of interest with the youth or spend recreational time meeting and chatting with youth. Some of The Zone's youth are limited-English speakers (LEP) or non-English proficient speakers (NEP), so a background in English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring or academic support is valuable, but not required. 

Dates: Weekly on Tuesdays and Thursday January 26 – June 10

Times: 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: LAYC Anchor site's Teen Drop-in Center, 1419 Columbia Road NW

Volunteer commitment:  6 month weekly commitment from January – June   

Required enrollment forms and clearances: Volunteers will be asked to submit an application form along with their current resume to Claudia Diaz, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Following a brief interview with program staff, enrolled volunteers will be required to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. 


Share Your Unique Skills with Youth

The Teen Center hosts an array of educational, creative, and recreational activities for youth ages 11-21, in a safe, drug, and alcohol-free environment afterschool.The Teen Center seeks volunteers to share their unique skills, lead workshops, and engage in positive healthy relationships with young people during recreational time.  The ideal volunteer will be available to share their skills in music, gaming, arts, crafts, culinary, or fitness during one, two, or three afternoons per week during the spring school semester. The Teen Center staff welcomes all ideas for possible youth recreational activities!  Volunteers will also have the opportunity to engage with youth through a number of casual activities including board games, table tennis, pool, foosball, arts and crafts, and/or video games. Some of the Teen Center youth are limited-English speakers (LEP) or non-English proficient speakers (NEP), so a bilingual volunteers of Spanish and other languages are welcome, but not required. 

Dates: Weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays January 26 – June 10

Times: 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: LAYC Anchor site's Teen Drop-in Center, 1419 Columbia Road NW

Volunteer commitment:  6 month weekly commitment (one, two, or three afternoons per week) from January – June   

Required enrollment forms and clearances: Volunteers will be asked to submit an application form along with their current resume and a proposed skill to share to Claudia Diaz, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Following a brief interview with program staff, enrolled volunteers will be required to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. 

 

Conduct Surveys & Interviews as a Volunteer Research Assistant 

LAYC’s Learning & Evaluation Department (L&E) seeks skilled volunteers to help administer surveys and conduct brief interviews with over 400 youth for the next phase of research and data-gathering for the Promotor Pathway evaluation. Motivated volunteers will be trained on LAYC’s evaluation tools and how to conduct both in-person and telephone interviews. Ideal volunteers will be undergraduate students beyond their first year of study or graduate students able to make at least a 6 months commitment to the project. Bilingual Spanish speaking skills are preferred, but not required.

Date: Starting in April – October (minimum)

Time: Afternoon and/or early evening hours

Location: Occasionally at the LAYC anchor site (1419 Columbia Rd) and occasionally by volunteering remotely.

Volunteer commitment: Average of 2 hours per week for at least 6 months.

Required enrollment forms and clearances: Please submit your current resume and a paragraph description of your interest to Cecilia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Following a brief interview with the L&E staff, selected volunteers will be required to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. 

 

Help Make the Dance-a-Thon a Success

LAYC will host its 3rd annual Dance-a-thon on February 20 and needs up to 8 great volunteers help to make it a success! The Dance-a-Thon is a dance and performance event to raise money for LAYC’s programs and services in Washington, DC and Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Volunteers will help set-up and decorate the dance space, hand out water, juice, and snacks to participants, and pack-up at the end of the event. Join us for one or both shifts: 8 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 – 1 p.m. Guests will groove to classic group line dances, top 40 of all eras, bachata, salsa, and more.   Visit our Facebook event page for more information.   

Date: Saturday, February 20

Time:  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in two shifts

Location: Wilson High School in DC

Volunteer commitment:  Minimum of 2.5 hours, maximum of 5 hours. Shifts are from 8 – 10:30 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Register here to volunteer.

 

Be a Volunteer Ambassador for the Youth Job Fair 

The Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) Silver Spring in collaboration with Montgomery County partnerships will host the 11th annual "Let's Get It Started" Youth Job Fair.  The Fair expects to bring over 600 youth and up to 50 employers to our doors. The event will assist youth ages 16-24 to obtain jobs in various industries and to build stepping stones needed to enter career pathways.  Please visit our web site for more information, and to register for volunteer opportunities.  

Date: Saturday, March 19

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Downtown Silver Spring

Volunteer commitment:  5 hours, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

General Inquiries?

Don't see an opportunity that meets your schedule? Tell us more about yourself and your skills on our Volunteer Registration Form. We can't guarantee to match you with an immediate volunteer opportunity, but we will do our best to alert you to future opportunities as they become available. 

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.