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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.

Youth Leader Volunteers
9th grade and up
Serve three to five weeks between June 8 and July 9, 2020
Monday – Thursday, 8:50 am – 1:30 pm
100+ Classes from Robotics to Musical Theater

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 volunteer? 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:


San Rafael

Don Benito



What’s the schedule like?

Youth Leader volunteers serve in a class that reflects their interests for a minimum of three weeks during our five-week Summer Enrichment Program. Once a week, you will join other volunteers for reflection, discussion, and snacks during your break. Committing to arriving on time and serving consistently is an important aspect of your service. Volunteers who require a more flexible schedule can opt to serve in our PEF afternoon camp, which runs from 1:30-5:00. Volunteers in the afternoon camp must serve a minimum of 2 hours a day and set a consistent schedule for at least 2 weeks. .

June 8- July 9, 2020
Monday – Thursday (No Friday classes)
8:50 am – 1:30 pm
12-12:15 Break
Free lunch for volunteers 18 years and younger

Orientations and Training

Site orientations are when you meet the site coordinator, get to know other volunteers, go on a tour, review check in and out procedures, get your badge and materials, review the schedule, and find your class.

Times and dates for our site orientations this summer are yet to be determined. We try to hold these during the first week of June – the week prior to the start of the summer enrichment program and post reference videos for those who are unable to attend.

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 6, 2020 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Session 2: Saturday June 6, 2020 – 1:00-4:00 pm

Location: 351 South Hudson, HIckambottom Board Room on the second floor.

Click here to APPLY NOW

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 2020.
  3. Consider your interests, what classes catch your eye, and your preferred location.
  4. Figure out what three weeks you are able to serve – or more!*
  5. Contemplate what you hope to learn through this experience.
  6. If you are new to our Summer Youth Leader program, ask a teacher for submit a recommendation for you.


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

*Three weeks of service helps us maintain consistent support for our teachers and students and ensures you learn from your experience.