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Summer Volunteer Program

Note: New applicants will be added to our wait list. 

Leadership • Mentorship • Scholarship

The mission of PEF’s Summer Volunteer Program is to provide a fun, educational and pre-professional experience that engages the volunteer’s unique talents, connects them with their community, and enhances our ability to meet the needs of students and teachers participating in our Summer Enrichment Program. With a focus on high school and college age volunteers, the Summer Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for growth in youth leadership, mentorship and scholarship.

The Summer Volunteer Program runs for five weeks, Monday through Thursday, June 11-July 12, from 9:00 am to 1:15 pm. There is a 15-minute lunch break. The program does not operate on Fridays, nor on July 4.

Volunteers (minimum age 13/14 and entering 9th grade) are assigned to one of 6 school sites and to a class that reflects their strengths and interests. Over the course of a day, the volunteer assists with three rotations of students in the classroom. If the volunteer is serving in an intro to kindergarten or first grade room, they will be with the same group of students throughout the day.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one week of service out of the total five weeks, although a two-week minimum is preferred. Those who commit to the full five weeks will be given priority of site and class choice. The earlier a volunteer registers, the more likely it is they will receive their preferred assignment.

Refer to the Summer Enrichment Program Brochure for a full listing of available classes that need volunteers here.

All volunteers at San Rafael Elementary school must be Spanish-English bilingual. Additional Bilingual volunteers are needed at Franklin Elementary (Spanish) and at Field (Mandarin).

College and Career Pathway Internships
We are offering 5 internships to Students in PUSD’s College and Career Pathways. Interns will be placed in positions of increased responsibility and which reflect their Pathway. A supplemental stipend is provided to those who serve the full 5-week term. Fill out the application form and indicate “College and Career Pathway” and speak to your advisor.


Volunteers who serve at least 2 weeks are eligible for a discount on one of our new high school classes like screen printing, music production, child and pet care, cooking, college prep and more!  For a full list of classes and descriptions, refer to the Summer Enrichment Program Brochure here.

Summer Enrichment Volunteer

Field Elementary
3600 Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Franklin Elementary
527 W. Ventura Street, Altadena, CA 91001

Madison Elementary
515 Ashtabula Street, Pasadena, CA 91104

McKinley School
325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 911021

San Rafael Elementary School
1090 Nithsdale Street, Pasadena, CA 91105

PUSD Headquarters (adults volunteers only)
351 South Hudson Ave. Rm. 153Pasadena CA 91101


June 11- July 12, 2018
Monday – Thursday (No Friday classes; No class July 4)
9:00 am – 1:15 pm NEW TIMES!
12-12:15 Suggested Break/Free lunch for volunteers 18 years and younger

New Summer Volunteers APPLY HERE
Returning Volunteers Visit VOLUNTEER CENTER


1. Complete Volunteer Application Form.
2. Download and read the Volunteer Handbook.
3. Sign & return important documents and submit teacher recommendation.
4. Attend a 1.5-hour Orientation.
5. Provide proof of negative TB test taken in past 4 years

Note: New applicants will be added to our wait list. 

Ready to get started? Apply here

Already completed a form last year? Log into the Volunteer Information Center to update your profile and preferences.



The goal of the Volunteer Classroom Assistant or Office Assistant is to enable the teacher or office manager to better meet the needs of students and teachers by providing targeted hands-on support. In order to meet this important goal, the volunteer should possess certain attributes and be willing to take on key responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Arrive on time each day and inform teacher and Volunteer Coordinator of schedule changes
  • Assist students during arrival, nutrition break and dismissal
  • Support the teacher with classroom organization, material preparation, and clean-up
  • Share unique subject knowledge and talents in support of student learning
  • Act as a mentor: motivate and encourage students
  • Help children on an individual or small group basis to reinforce learning concepts
  • Give extra attention to children with special needs
  • Acquire new skills when necessary to perform a task
  • Offer positive solutions to student problems
  • Identify needs and be proactive in meeting them
  • Communicate questions and updates to the teacher

Key Attributes:

  • Leadership –  You see needs and act independently and creatively to solve them
  • Mentorship – The willingness to be a role model to others, and to learn from those around you
  • Scholarship – You have something to share and want to share it
  • Responsibility- You take on tasks and do not need to be reminded
  • Dependability- You agree to a schedule and can stick to it
  • Enthusiasm- You demonstrate energy and curiosity through your work
  • Creativity- You find new and unique ways to engage with students and subject matter
  • Adaptability- You are able to adjust your expectations to meet needs
  • Patience- You have the capacity to accept the process of working with students on ongoing projects
  • Respect­- You are kind and courteous to faculty, staff and students, meeting each where they are and honoring their place


  1. Complete online Volunteer Application Form, which includes a 125-word statement of interest. Link to application is above.
  2. Download and read the Volunteer Handbook [create a link here]
  3. Sign & return important documents and submit teacher recommendation found in the Handbook.
  4. Attend a 1.5-hour Orientation, Mondays at 5:00 at PEF, either March 26, April 9, 23, May 7, 21 or June 4. Sign up on application or in Volunteer Information Center.
  5. Provide proof of negative TB test taken in past 4 years.

Ready to get started? Apply here

Already completed a form last year? Log into the Volunteer Information Center to update your profile and preferences.

Submit all forms to Allison Pultz at your Orientation or mail/scan to apultz@pasedfoundation.org or PEF 351 South Hudson Avenue, Room 153, Pasadena, CA 921101