Now Hiring: RSVP Outreach Coordinator Position Description (pt position)

L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The primary mission of L.A. Works is to make L.A. a more equitable place by empowering Angelenos to address pressing social issues through volunteerism. L.A. Works recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. In the early 90s, the founders of L.A. Works sought to identify and provide hands-on service opportunities that would improve the quality of life for all in a diverse, sprawling city. Their hope was that when individuals work together on local needs through hands-on service, they would feel empowered to address the broader concerns of their neighborhoods and cities. From this idea, L.A. Works, now Los Angeles’ premier volunteer action center, was founded.

L.A. Works, Los Angeles’ largest and longest running volunteer action center is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between interest in “getting involved” and nonprofits seeking to leverage volunteer power for the common good. L.A. Works is often the first organization that nonprofits come to for support in harnessing the community’s energy, as well as for help with volunteer recruitment, management, and training. Volunteers also seek out L.A. Works to give back and connect themselves to the city.

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people age 55 and above. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a part of the larger Senior Corps initiative, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been an invaluable resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters. L.A. Works has received a three-year renewable grant to develop a strong Los Angeles RSVP program in the west L.A. area. Building on the foundation of existing programming and relationships that L.A. Works has with nonprofits in the community, this program will more than double the volunteer resources L.A. Works provides to the greater Los Angeles region.

RSVP Outreach Coordinator Position Overview: The RSVP Outreach Coordinator will seek out, engage and recruit new volunteer members to help build this special program providing volunteer and social opportunities for active adults age 55+ in the west L.A. area. This position requires a Coordinator who is passionate about mobilizing older adults in service and excited to present to and connect with a broad array of communities throughout the western Los Angeles area. The ideal candidate will need to be out-going, tech-savvy, self-motivated, and highly organized. This individual should be knowledgeable on aging issues and opportunities. In collaboration with the Director of RSVP and RSVP team, this position will help increase RSVP membership, and ensure that expected outcomes are achieved. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit individuals age 55+ for RSVP membership;
  • Engage and connect RSVP members to ongoing volunteer opportunities;
  • Utilize all Corporation for National and Community Service, L.A. Works website, and current and relevant volunteer promotional websites to list volunteer events;
  • Utilize social media to promote RSVP program and volunteer opportunities;
  • Actively conduct outreach to community organizations, continuing education programs, gyms, clubs, libraries, and centers for older adults;
  • Work closely with RSVP team to maximize outreach impact;
  • Maintain clear, current and accurate records;
  • Develop and deliver dynamic and inspiring outreach presentation materials;
  • Participate in L.A. Works’ large-scale Days of Service and L.A. Works Signature Projects; and
  • Perform any and all other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Additional requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Access to personal cell phone;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal car for regular travel throughout Los Angeles County;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments; and
  • Initiate criminal history check prior to hire.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • Ability to connect with others and forge strong relationships
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and volunteer tracking databases
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Experience with social media promotion preferred

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of RSVP. This position is a part-time (20 hours/week), hourly paid, flexible position with benefits.

The job description doesn’t constitute a contract of employment and L.A. Works may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time. Prior to employment commencement, it will be necessary for you to consent to a background check. Placement in the NSCHC covered position is contingent upon eligibility determined by the results of the check. Prior to your employment commencement, you are required to undergo a background check which includes the following three components and the associated documentation of completion: National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW); and California Department of Justice Live Scan Background Check; and US Department of Justice FBI Checks.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant skills to HR@laworks.com.

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Now Hiring: XPRIZE Field Coordinator

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With over 25 years of success, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.  L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

About the XPRIZE Project: XPRIZE is a global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s greatest challenges. L.A. Works and Points of Light are partnering with XPRIZE to unveil the first part of a 12-month adult literacy program designed as a free mobile app.  The XPRIZE app aims to create unprecedented tech solutions for low literacy through removing barriers by improving access, increasing retention, and scaling to meet demand – anytime, anywhere – empowering the nearly 1 in 6 low literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives.

Position Description: As part of the team you will be asked to assist in leading groups of volunteers to help adult learners download the XPRIZE app and assess their literacy level. You will be asked to learn all volunteer roles in order to step in when there are gap areas. In this position you will gain exposure to a globally recognized organization and be on the cutting edge of finding innovative solutions to address one of Los Angeles’ leading problems, low literacy. Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) certified training will be provided. Ideal for students who have evening classes and study in the areas of Social Work, Education or related field. If you love Los Angeles, are extremely reliable, and enjoy working with the community, this opportunity is for you!

Responsibilities include:

  • Attending test sites throughout Los Angeles as team lead for volunteers;
  • Training and managing volunteers on-site where testing takes place;
  • Engaging with low literate and monolingual Spanish speaking adults seeking to download XPRIZE app;
  • Maintaining ongoing communications with volunteers via email and phone to ensure attendance and reception of materials; and
  • Addressing volunteer inquiries and needs to ensure that our opportunities are living up to expectations;

Requirements:

  • Passion for community service;
  • Excellent phone, written, and verbal communications etiquette;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Willingness to drive throughout Los Angeles, valid Driver’s License required;
  • Has flexibility in day time hours;
  • Experience with Google Docs & Sheets, Android Technology, Microsoft Office. Knowledge of a CRM database such as Salesforce, a plus;
  • Experience with volunteering and knowledge of the LA landscape preferred.
  • Spanish speakers highly desired.

 

Time Commitment: Approximately 36 hours a week through October 31st.

Compensation:  $12.00/hour. Intern will benefit from this great learning experience by enhancing his/her/their resumes, building his/her/their personal and professional skills and network as he/she/they make a difference in the LA’s underserved communities.

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position is an hourly paid, flexible position. Hours vary.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a brief cover letter outlining your interest and relevant skills to HR@laworks.com.

1500 volunteers @Dorsey for MLK Day!

For MLK Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16, L.A. Works organized more than 1,500 corporate and community volunteers to beautify Dorsey HS, a Title 1 LAUSD school that has suffered from maintenance and facilities staff budget cuts. One of the facilities staff member shared with us:

 “You all did in a day what I’ve been trying to do in 4 years.”

Our volunteer power collectively supported improving the learning environment for the next generation of change makers.

We were honored to have Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, former five-time Laker Champion and current Laker television analyst Derek Fisher, Ret. Judge Candace Cooper (Dorsey alumna), Board member and actor Roger Guenveur Smith, and L.A. Works co-founder Bob L. Johnson kick-off the day of service.

To give you an idea of what was completed on the day of service…

Planting-
88 plants were planted campus-wide
10 cubic yards of mulch was distributed

Light Construction-
6 pieces of baseball equipment storage
4 seedling tables
4 simple benches
4 planter benches
5 large square planter

Mural painting-
14 wall murals

Assembly-
62 fleece blankets
200 nutrition packets

Campus-wide clean up-
2 trailers of e-waste was collected
More than 250 bags collected from weeding, trash pick up, classroom cleaning
Wall repainting campus-wide

These events are expensive to organize. We would like to recognize and give one more thanks to our top sponsors because we couldn’t organize these events without their support: Target, Kaiser, Accenture, Macy’s, In a Perfect World Foundation, the Laker Youth Foundation, The Jonathan Club, and Councilmember Herb Wesson.

Want to join in?! We have hundreds of projects each month for you to try out and find an organization, issue area, location, and/or experience that is the best fit for you. Check out more projects on our website: www.laworks.com.

Now Hiring: MusicWorks Program Coordinator

Now Hiring: MusicWorks Program Coordinator

Position Overview: In collaboration with the Director of Programs, the MusicWorks Program Coordinator will develop program plans, oversee the launch of MusicWorks, and be responsible for the day-to-day administration and management of the program. This candidate should be an excellent program manager, passionate about service and the arts, entrepreneurial, and highly organized. The ideal candidate will be someone that is knowledgeable about the music industry, and have a network or understanding of how to recruit volunteers with diverse expertise including professional musicians, composers, song writers, producers, engineers, etc. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Survey existing volunteer music programs to avoid duplication and identify best practices;
  • Identify appropriate guest speaker roles for skilled music volunteers;
  • Develop marketing collateral;
  • Create and disseminate monthly e-newsletter.
  • Cultivate strategic nonprofit and community relationships;
  • Recruit, train (as appropriate) and place music industry volunteers;
  • Provide timely, accurate, and well-articulated quarterly and annual reports; and
  • Maintain proficiency in CRM database (Salesforce) for efficient tracking, reporting, record keeping and data management.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible management experience;
  • Music industry or arts experience;
  • Strong communications skills; self-starter who can multi-task;
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers;
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities;
  • Professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
  • Comfortable delivering presentations and guiding a room of participants;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful to develop new, unique programs and initiatives;
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented nature; and
  • Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment.

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Experience with Salesforce, a plus;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is the largest volunteer network in LA and a national leader in the community service movement. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center, we create, manage, and implement hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

About MusicWorks: MusicWorks is a new volunteer initiative aimed at matching music industry professionals with local school age youth in nonprofit music programs such as: Sound Art, Little Kids Rock, PS Arts, and others. MusicWorks will take advantage of Los Angeles’ position as a leading force in the music industry to help bridge the gap in music education resulting from drastic budget cuts in arts education programs in Los Angeles public schools.

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Programs.

This position will be suitable for someone available 25 – 40 hours/week. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, skills, and recent salary history to HR1@laworks.com.

 

LA’s Promise Awarded Service Enterprise Certification

We are proud to announce that LA’s Promise has been awarded Service Enterprise certification by L.A. Works. serv_enterprise_landing04a The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national program administered through Points of Light that recognizes nonprofits with exceptional volunteer programs. Nonprofits that operate as Service Enterprises more effectively address community needs and run on almost half the median budget than those nonprofits that do not leverage volunteers across all levels of the their organization.

To qualify for certification, organizations must go through a year long process that consists of attending a series of best practices workshops, creating action plans, and strategize with expert coaches from the Executive Service Corps on ways to best implement their plans.

We spoke with Caitlin Krier, Associate Director of Community Partnerships, about LA’s Promise’s journey in becoming certified.

L.A. Works:
Tell us more about LAP! How does your organization engage volunteers?

LA’s Promise:
Our mission is to graduate every student attending an LA’s Promise neighborhood school college and career ready. Through a robust school turnaround model, LA’s Promise partners with a cadre of schools committed to ensuring that students growing up in poverty receive an excellent education.

Something cool thing about LA’s Promise is that we have so many different ways for volunteers to get involved in our work. I believe in the idea that students are more likely to succeed when their schools are community hubs, and in order for that to work, we need to bring in folks from the community who are willing to share their skills, passions and resources with the students who need them. Volunteers can do everything from helping plant trees in our teaching gardens to leading workshops on post-secondary options to connecting students with internship opportunities at their companies. Since we’ve started this Service Enterprise work, we’ve been able to open up new volunteer opportunities as well, such as speaking at our middle school career day and helping secure in-kind donations for all of our school programs. We have also begun working with several university service groups to engage college students in leading activities such as college workshops and college fairs for our middle school students.

LAW:
How has Service Enterprise benefited your org?

LAP:
One big change has been with how we run events, especially those that fall on the weekends. Instead of begging our staff to come out and help, we are able to work with an amazing cohort of volunteers who are excited to participate and be a part of these events! Since weekends are usually better for volunteer availability, this has been a great match.

LAW:
What has been the most rewarding aspect of this certification journey?

LAP:
For me, the most rewarding part of the journey has been the process of self reflection and pushing ourselves to build service enterprise into everything we do. It was really cool to build a volunteer tracking and orientation plan from scratch, and to see those things be realized, especially our first volunteer orientation in February. We went from having a couple of volunteers to an entire database of people that we can call upon to help with projects and events throughout the year.

LAW:
What are some tips/advice you would give other organizations that are thinking about Service Enterprise/are already going through the process?

LAP:
My advice would be to not worry about your volunteer program needing to look a certain way. The self reflection piece is really key, because you’re able to hold onto the core values and vibe of your organization while enhancing it. We are never going to have 200 volunteers donating their time every week at LA’s Promise, and that’s okay! We have been creative about how volunteers can become an intricate part of who we are as an organization.

We are honored to award them with this accomplishment, and we are looking forward to seeing all the amazing work they continue to do with their volunteers!

Featured Project: Beauty and Charm: To Lift Women’s Spirits

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Written by L.A. Works Volunteer Reporter Wendy Green

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Project Leader: Jessica Bavel

Who is Jessica Bavel?


I suppose I’m just a regular girl. 

This is always a difficult question to ask yourself who you are. 

I suppose I’m a lot of things. I try be a good sister, a good daughter, a good aunt. 

I grew up in LA. I’m one of four I have 2 brothers one sister. 

My mother is Puerto Rican and my father is black, I’m very fortunate to get the best of those 

worlds. I love to hang out with my family we have so much fun. We might throw on some 

salsa music my mum will get and start dancing its just easy and good fun, I just love my 

family.



Tell me about your journey as a volunteer.
I’ve been in a position where growing up was difficult and no matter what happened I 

remained determined- only because I had someone there. I had influences that impacted 

me either directly or non directly, it’s just the thought of having someone there. I really 

would like to be that person, a person who helps others. Its the reason I signed up with L.A. 

Works its actually why I started volunteering. 

I do a lot of volunteering such as working at Food Banks, Downtown Woman’s Center and 

elderly homes but my focus has always been with woman. I suppose its because I am a 

woman and I can relate to them on a larger scale.

Tell me the project you lead called Beauty and Charm: To Lift Women’s Spirits. 


I just love this project. The project runs once a month, volunteers come together to offer 

facials, manicures, pedicures, make up application and you don’t have to be a beautician 

its just about women enjoying each other company- eating , talking, laughing, its really 

good fun.



Do you have a volunteer story to share?
Yes I do. One day I had a lot of volunteers turn up, the clients were so spoiled they had so 

many women pampering them. I noticed one of the clients who had signed up, hadn’t 

shown. I inquired and was told she was in her room and was feeling pretty low, she didn’t 

feel like joining in. With a bit of coercing she came down and sat in a chair within a few 

minutes there was a group of women all over her. We had so many volunteers that day, that 

she had a person on each foot and hand, someone giving her a facial, someone making 

her a coffee.They were all laughing and having a great time. At the end of the day she 

came up to me and told me how much the experience meant to her. She had never 

experienced people to be so kind, she had never been pampered like that in her whole life. 

Stories like that are what this project is all about.

How do you feel volunteering impacts the community?
Establishing a connection with another human being is important, its fundamental, we 

relate to each other, we connect we one another- that should be embraced more. 

Unfortunately in our society there is a complacency, an interdependency, people are only 

worried about themselves. When you connect with someone its wonderful, dare I say even 

magical. Some people say magic doesn’t exist but when I connect with woman Ive never 

met before and there’s a connection, it’s really powerful, its magical.

What do you believe makes a good project leader?
A project leader needs to have sincerity. The ability to lead and inspire people. To have 

passion for what your doing which then creates a common goal. If a volunteer can see how 

much work and effort you put in as a project leader, hopefully that inspires them and in turn 

they too can make a difference.

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What are 5 words would sum you up?
Happy, Bubbly, Loving, Sassy and Compassionate.

Tell me a little about your heritage.
I’m African American. I’m a mix of black, French and American Indian. I live in California, an actual LA native.

Tell me about your volunteer experience
Well today I’m volunteering at a project called Beauty and Charm Lifting Women’s Spirits. It was really touching and lots of
fun. I haven’t volunteered in so long and I wanted to start the New Year volunteering at least once a month. I found L.A. Works and I liked the fact they had something for everybody. It caters to all personalities, interests or an intention that you would like to accomplish from volunteering. I found Beauty and Charm which is totally up my alley. Women bonding over manicures and facials-how much fun does that sound.

Volunteering is really important to me. My dad passed away when I was 12. Part of the grieving process is to find ways to heal, to cope, to have acceptance. One of the ways I did that, was when I was in my freshman year at University, I volunteered with Relay For Life.  In my junior year we didn’t have Relay for Life at my University (we didn’t meet the quota) so I started a team at another University. We had one month to raise $1000, we ended up raising $2000 which is exceptional for Hampton Virginia. From that the Atlantic region contacted me and wanted to reopen Relay for Life at Hampton, which I headed. I then started Colleges Against Cancer. My intention was to try and raise money to help fund research so no other person, had to lose a person to cancer like I did. I had so much fun with those projects, I just wanted to get back into volunteering when I got back.

What do you gain from volunteering?
Well that’s interesting. I don’t really volunteer to gain a personal gratification I just like putting smiles on peoples faces, so I suppose if I’m able to do that then thats what I gain. I don’t need to know someones personal story. I just like being together, laughing hanging out. I really like meeting new people. I actually thought I would be coming with a bunch of friends but they couldn’t make it, so I came alone and I ended up making new friends.

What would we be surprised to learn about Jade Howard?
My father was a legendary Jazz recording artist but unfortunately I cannot play an instrument, sing or dance.

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Ive seen you at so many volunteer groups tell me when you started?
I’ve been volunteering in LA for a few years. I was searching the internet for things to do and volunteering came up. I was interested in what that was and meant, so here I am.

You volunteer a lot, I’m guessing on a weekly basis, tell me why your so passionate.
Well it sounds silly but as I said I was just looking for something to do and the word volunteer came up. I searched some more and thats when I found L.A. Works. L.A. Works had a calendar that made it very easy . I thought that is a great thing to do and gave it a go. I do it every week so I can be involved with the community, I want to participate. I did try other places but L.A. Works just made it so simple and easy.

What do you gain from volunteering?
People saying thank you. People commenting they feel inspired and motivated by us coming by.

Do you have any volunteer stories?
Not individual stories but people are always so grateful. People are so appreciative and I’m appreciative for the opportunity, it creates a great vibe.

What makes a good volunteer?
It’s an ongoing process I don’t think its one factor that makes someone good at it. You learn every time you volunteer.

Did something inspire you to be so active within the volunteering community?
No not really I just wanted something to do. I wanted to be involved and L.A. Works was there and made it easy to volunteer.

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Featured Project: The Compton Initiative

Written by L.A. Works Volunteer Reporter Marvin Lee

Around 1600 volunteers gathered in the city of Compton on February 1, 2014.  These volunteers, comprised of local people from Los Angeles and Southern California as well as some from other States, came to faithfully serve a community that is stricken with violent crime and extreme poverty.

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The Compton Initiative is an organization that strives to do good throughout the LA area by providing community service opportunities on a quarterly basis.  The February 1st work day was the first of four work days.  Their motto, “Just do Good” is written on the yellow shirts that you see worn by the volunteers.

Upon arrival at 7:00 AM, the volunteers were served a hearty breakfast to get fueled for the day.  As the crowd grew, community leaders and city officials addressed the group with words of inspiration and gratitude; words that were genuinely spoken before the volunteers were released, almost as if they were commissioned to do good.  At the beginning hour during the assembly of volunteers, Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, expressed her enthusiastic welcome and was met with a receptive thankfulness.  She addressed the common good of creating change and to make an overall positive impact in a community that would otherwise be left to social adversity.  A sense of community and support could be felt throughout the venue; this was a feeling shared by an amazing group of individuals of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds who recognized a need to help.

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There were over 30 worksites in which the volunteers could participate.  “Our goal is to beautify the city,” was the motto of the day.  Hundreds of people from various church organizations, schools, corporations, and other charity groups took on painting, repairing, gardening, and building tasks to renovate schools, public spaces, homes and other properties.  The Compton Initiative provided uplifting tasks for the nearly 2000 people who participated, those who not only came to serve, but also to show that they care.  Their contribution directly affects the enjoyment and quality of life of others who are less privileged, and those who are aware of the condition but cannot create change alone.  As one local Compton resident wisely said, “We came to bless the city of Compton.”

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People from Edison Electric Company brought families, husbands and wives, sons and daughters,friends and relatives to participate.  The attention given to all the many work sites paves the way for future volunteers.  It brought together friends, family members, and individuals of diverse ethnicities to spend time together as a unified team with the common hope of doing good.

There was tremendous wealth experienced on that day.  It is as if there was a desire to change within themselves by realizing that their personal sacrifice of time and effort would, in retrospect, translate to change for the greater community that is on the receiving end.

Please visit their website for more information: http://www.justdogood.org/

Also, please visit www.LAWorks.com for access to more fun volunteering opportunities.

L.A. Works Partners with College Summit Southern California

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College Summit is a national nonprofit that transforms the lives of low-income youth by developing a corps of high school students who lead their peers to and through college. Last year they served more than 4,000 students at 14 high schools across Los Angeles, and more than 50,000 nationwide in 15 states.

This past summer, volunteers gave more than 2,700 volunteering hours at the Southern California region’s Peer Leader Workshops. During these weekend-long college-going boot camps, our rising seniors become “Peer Leaders” as they gain knowledge and tools to get themselves and their friends to college. Volunteer Writing Coaches spent four days over extended weekends working with groups of four to five Peer Leaders, helping them develop their first personal statement.

“My Workshop experience with College Summit was outstanding,” said David Rowe, Graduate Admissions Operations Coordinator at California Lutheran University. “I never thought that I would learn so much from, and grow so close to these students, in such a short period of time. These students give off such a contagious energy, that each moment was filled with excitement and possibility.”

To keep the momentum going after another successful summer of workshops training 200 Peer Leaders, College Summit is planning its next volunteering opportunity: College Applications Season.

Join College Summit to work one-on-one with high school seniors, helping them fill out and submit their online college applications. Events take place at the high schools in October and November, daytime and evenings. No training is necessary.

For more information about volunteering with College Summit, email Brian Rosenbaum, Community Engagement Coordinator, at brosenbaum@collegesummit.org.

Forest City Revitalizes LAUSD High School

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On July 17th, L.A. Works collaborated with the Los Angeles branch of Forest City, an Australia-based operator and developer of real estate projects, on a school revitalization project.

Approximately 50 Forest City employees teamed up with L.A. Work staff to paint the athletic department and boys’ locker room of the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, a unique school that houses three distinct LAUSD learning communities (the Academic Leadership Community, the Social Justice Learning Community, and the Business & Tourism Learning Community) and one separate high school (the Los Angeles School of Global Studies). Athletics at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is extremely important, because it unites students frImageom all four separate academic programs and helps reinforce a sense of community among the students.

We are glad that Forest City chose to team up with us once again for such a productive and inspiring day of service, and we thank them for all their help!

DirecTV Beautifies School Garden

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On July 23rd, L.A. Works oversaw project management for a custom day of service created for DirecTV’s Los Angeles tech department on a school garden revitalization project. DirecTV employees went to the 153rd Street Elementary School Garden and added garden beds, painted the garden area/main office, and planted flowering vines on the garden fence. The School Garden is an integral part of the 153rd Elementary School, because teachers have incorporated gardening and growing into the academic curriculum. Thank you DirecTV for collaboration and dedication to the community!

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