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Summer Youth Leader Volunteer Program

Why Volunteer?

As a Youth Leader volunteer, not only will you have fun expanding your horizons, sharing your talents, and developing important life skills for college and career readiness, you’ll play an integral and meaningful role in our Summer Enrichment Program experience. You’ll serve as an accessible and relatable mentor to younger students and inspire them to truly love learning. You’ll also learn how to help our teachers to achieve more and assist with office organization enabling all our systems to run smoother.

Summer Youth Leaders
Entering 9th grade and up

Serve five weeks between June 14 and July 15, 2021
Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 12:45 pm

70+ Classes from Amazing Authors to Science Secrets Revealed!

Besides it being a FUN, inspiring, and free way to spend a portion of the summer, our Youth Leader volunteers enjoy serving in our program because of our inviting, diverse, and inclusive community where they build relationships with new kinds of people, learn more about themselves, and make a real impact on the life of another person. They tell us volunteering in our program teaches them to collaborate with others, builds their communication skills, expands their capacity for empathy, teaches them about responsibility, and what it really means to be a leader.

Many of our Youth Leader volunteers are alumni of our Summer Enrichment Program, and feel drawn to give back to the program they so loved as a younger person. In fact, many return to serve year after year! Their dedication demonstrates an interest in more than just service hours; it shows a desire to make a real impact on their community– a testament to character that no test score can quantify!

Volunteering in our program requires patience, dedication,
enthusiasm, and commitment.

Are you ready to become a Youth Leader? Research has shown that individuals who engage in community service are more responsible, have higher self-esteem, and are more resilient. Volunteering helps teens in particular gain skills necessary for the job market such as leadership, communication skills, dependability, time management, professionalism, and decision making. Studies also show that teens who volunteer perform better at school and build a stronger resume for college and scholarship applications.

Here’s what our Youth Leaders have to say!

“This has been one of the better life experiences for me. Collaborating with kids is another strength to add to my skill set.”

“It’s teaching me to be more responsible and empathetic.”

“I’m extremely grateful to be a part of this program. It helps me grow and learn more about myself.”

“It has taught me a lot such as responsibility, leadership, social and communication skills.”

“I’d like you to know that PEF really has something going on with its summer program. I’m definitely coming back! I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Where does the program take place?

Our program takes place at 5 separate school sites. In your application, you will choose your location.

This summer, we will need volunteers for following school sites:

Field – FULL

Jackson – FULL

Madison – FULL

McKinley – FULL

San Rafael – FULL

Sierra Madre Middle School – FULL

What’s the schedule like?

Youth Leader volunteers serve in a class that reflects their interests. Once a week, you will join other volunteers for reflection and discussion. Committing to arriving on time and serving consistently is an important aspect of your service.

June 14 – July 15, 2021
Monday – Thursday (No Class on July 5)
Youth Leaders volunteer from 8 am – 12:45 pm (with breaks)
Free lunch for volunteers


Training is important for all volunteers and is mandatory for new volunteers. Our training partners Mentors for LIFE, Young & Healthy, and College Access Plan will provide an overview in peer mentoring, childhood socio-emotional development, and communication techniques, and will discuss the importance of community service for college and career preparation. Themes will be reinforced during your time with us through on-the-job training in the classroom and weekly service-learning reflection.

Session 1: Saturday June 12, 2021 – 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Session 2: Saturday June 12, 2021 – 1:00-3:00 pm

Location: via Zoom

Applications for Summer 2021 Are Closed. Please check back Spring 2022!

What kinds of things will I be doing?

After checking in at the office each morning, you’ll report to your assigned classroom where you will begin your day by asking what the teacher needs. From there, your work will expand to include such activities as:

  • Offering one-on-one and small group support
  • Demonstrating skills or concepts
  • Explaining directions in new ways
  • Providing positive feedback and constructive critiques
  • Monitoring and encouraging project progress
  • Acting as a collaborator
  • Organizing materials
  • Serving as an enthusiastic role model
  • Offering emotional as well as academic support
  • Monitoring hallway and playground activity

Ok, I’m in! How does it work?

  1. Browse the Summer Enrichment Program brochure.
  2. Download and read the PEF Summer Volunteer Handbook 2021.
  3. Consider your interests, what classes catch your eye, and your preferred location.
  4. Commit to serving for the entire 5 week program.*
  5. Contemplate what you hope to learn through this experience.
  6. If you are new to our Summer Youth Leader program, ask a teacher to submit a recommendation for you.

We encourage students to apply early to get priority for their choice of school site and area of interest.

*Due to COVID safety protocols, we must require Youth Leaders to commit to all 5 weeks of the program to maintain health department guidelines and offer consistent support for our teachers and students.