“I want to get involved in my community this summer. Are there organizations in my area where I can volunteer?” – 17-year-old
Most parks and beaches do not charge admission, though many charge for parking. Several museums have free admission one day a week. Listen to the taped messages for admission schedules and fees.
The LA Reader, LA Weekly and OC Weekly are FREE newspapers that list entertainment events each week. Many of these events are free! In Riverside, look for the Entertainment Review. Most music stores carry one or more papers; some markets and newsstands also carry them. Check them out!
Be adventurous, use the resources listed here to discover new things to do and learn! Call to explore what’s available through the organizations and agencies listed. Your city can be a great place to have fun!
Some schools require students to do community service. Helping a non-profit organization providing services to those in need can be a great experience.
Call for information about recreation and park activities.
Los Angeles, CA
LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA LGBT Center. They offer one-on-one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 12-24. Lifeworks’ goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational. Check out their website to see all of the programs they offer! Youth Space: T-F 3pm-6pm.
1125 N McCadden Pl,
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Park events, planning and development of parks. Also: 888-LA-PARKS (888-527-2757)
Los Angeles, CA
24hr domestic violence hotline: 310-264-6644. Services to homeless youth. Street youth outreach. Offers emergency services, food, clothing, showers, medical care, referrals and transportation to shelters, and case management.
1453 16th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
M-F 9am-5pm & S-Sun 9am-12pm
Provide peer education and training to multicultural youth to talk directly, accurately and honestly with teenagers about HIV/AIDS prevention. Call for events in the community.
6399 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Provides after-school programs as well as case management and counseling to teens age 13-17. Also provides parenting classes, tutoring, and community service.
7315 Lankershim Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91605
M,F 8:30am-5pm & T,Th 8:30am-6pm & Sat, Sun 7am-3:30pm (community service only)
Provide recorded textbooks and other educational materials in audio format for the blind. Shifts available days and evenings for ages 15 or older.
20 Roszel Rd,
Princeton, NJ 08540
M-Th 8:30am-8pm & F & Sat 9:30am-3:30pm (ET)