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Volunteer Opportunities - Summer 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.

 

 

Mentor Young Parents Pursuing Healthy Lifestyles

The Young Parents Program (YPP) is now recruiting volunteer mentors for its third and fourth annual cohorts. YPP is a program that empowers young parents to pursue healthy lifestyles and become acquainted with the rewards and realities of being a parent. The Young Parents Program seeks adults (preferably mothers and fathers) to mentor participants in the Family-to-Family Mentoring Program and help young parents navigate the challenging and rewarding life of being a parent. Some benefits of volunteering as a mentor include: an opportunity to be a positive role model, develop a relationship with a young parent or family, share both the rewards and realities of parenthood, and instill confidence in young parents. The minimum requirements to volunteer with the YPP Mentorship Program are: volunteers must be at least 18 years old and older, attend a short orientation and at least two events throughout the duration of the cohort, provide a character reference before the start of the cohort, be open and honest in sharing parenting experiences with mentees, discuss mentee concerns with Parent Educator/Case Manager as needed, and preferably be a parent or head of household.  

Dates:  May through September 2016

Times: events TBD, but are usually during workdays, typically in the afternoons

Location: LAYC Anchor site 1419 Columbia Road NW or nearby event locations

Volunteer Commitment:  Must be at least 18 years old to mentor. Must attend orientation and two events throughout duration of cohort

How to Apply:  Interested volunteers should submit a complete application and a brief paragraph expressing their interest and availability to Janina Yates 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 orientation.

Required Clearances:  Volunteers selected may be asked to complete a local police clearance, an FBI background clearance, and a Child Protective Registry check. They will also need to sign a statement of confidentiality and provide a character reference before the start of the cohort.


Intern for Summer Enrichment Program with Elementary/Middle School Youth 

LAYC’s Education Enhancement and After-school Programs are getting ready for summer and need the support of a team of full-time volunteers interning for our 6-week summer session. Between June 20 and July 29, interning volunteers will work alongside LAYC staff supporting the team logistically, providing direct youth group engagement opportunities like workshops or outreach events, and planning enrichment activities to facilitate with youth groups. Interning volunteers will be placed at either the Anchor site or at one of our LAYC school-based sites in DC. This opportunity is ideal for an undergraduate or graduate student with innovation, energy and passion for youth engagement. Ideal volunteers will be available between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday during the 6-week session: June 20 – July 29. Knowledge or experience working with middle/high school-aged students in classroom or enrichment activity settings is ideal. Bilingual English-Spanish speakers would be helpful, but not required. Priority will be given to interested candidates able to commit to the full-time schedule for the complete 6-week session.

Dates:  Monday – Friday from June 20 – July 29, 2016

Times: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with some flexibility.

Location: LAYC Anchor site 1419 Columbia Road NW or one of LAYC’s school-based sites (Raymond, Cardozo, Powell, Sacred Heart).

Volunteer Commitment: Daily commitment for the 6-week session

How to Apply:  Volunteers should submit their current resume and a brief paragraph expressing their interest and availability 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 staff.

Required Clearances:  Selected volunteers will be required to complete a local police clearance, and FBI/fingerprint clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. 


Participate & Lead Activities with Foster Care Youth 

Alongside a staff member of the LAYC foster care team, volunteers would accompany youth to activities in the community. Youth in the foster care program are between the ages of 0 to 21 and are temporarily living outside of their family of origin due to a history of abuse and neglect by their caretakers. Activities will typically be planned once a month and be tailored to particular age ranges. Volunteers can sign up for individual activities depending on their availability, but committing to participating regularly in order to build a network for rotating volunteers to accompany and spend quality time with youth. Volunteers would be expected to maintain youth's names and personal information confidential, and help provide them with the experience of a fun activity with a safe, supportive adult. Bilingual English-Spanish speakers are preferred but not required. There is potential for volunteers to get involved in planning activities if they are interested. Given the investment in background clearances and the benefit to youth of having consistent adults in their lives, we ask for a minimum 6 month commitment from volunteers (one activity per month).

Dates: Dates vary; next planned activities: June 4th picnic, July 16th Nationals game

Time: Mostly evening and weekends

Location: DC metro area

Volunteer Commitment: minimum 6 months, one activity per month.

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit an email explaining their interest in joining the network, and their anticipated availability to Cathy Donoso 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 the program staff to learn about next steps.

Required Clearances: Volunteers selected will be asked to complete a local police clearance, an FBI background clearance, and a Child Protective Registry check. They will also need to sign a statement of confidentiality.

 

Prepare Youth for GED Exam Success

Under the direction of a GED instructor in our Workforce Investment Program, volunteer tutors will work one-on-one or in small groups with students between the ages of 16 - 24 to prepare for the GED exam. Volunteer tutors will review and check progress and assignments of students to monitor students' performance. Instructional materials will be provided by the instructor. Volunteers are expected to tutor once per week, Monday through Thursday for a minimum of three months. Ability to teach basic and/or high school level skills in science, math, reading, social studies or writing is required. Bilingual English-Spanish speakers preferred but not required.

Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays (or multiple days)

Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: LAYC Anchor Site, 1419 Columbia Road NW

Volunteer Commitment: Minimum 1.5 hours weekly committment for 3 months 

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit their current resume and a brief paragraph expressing their interest to Carolyn Greenspan 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 the program staff.

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 College Youth in First-Year Level 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 Spanish for the Spring 2016 semester. Tutoring sessions would occur at the Center, preferably once or twice per week in the afternoons and 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: Wednesday or Thursdays, or both days

Times: 4 - 6 p.m.  

Location: LAYC Anchor site, 1419 Columbia Road NW

Volunteer Commitment: Minimum 2 hour weekly commitment for 3 months (mid-February to mid-May)   

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 the program staff.

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 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

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit an application form along with their current resume to Claudia Diaz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligibible volunteers will be invited to a brief interview with the program staff. 

Required Clearances:  Selected 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 High School 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   

How to Apply: Volunteers should submit an application form along with their current resume and a proposed skill to share to Claudia Diaz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eligibile volunteers will be invited to a brief interview with the program staff. 

Required Clearances: Selected volunteers will be required to complete a local police clearance, a Tuberculosis Test clearance, and a search on the National Sex Offender Registry. 

 

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.