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Summer Youth Leader Volunteer Program

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications to volunteer for 2019 Summer Youth Leaders. All of our summer volunteer positions are full. Please feel free to contact volunteers@pasedfoundation.org with any questions about volunteering during the school year.

Orientations and Training Schedule

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, find your class, turn in your (late) paperwork. Stay for an hour or two and help teachers set up. Sign up in VIC!

Eliot: Tuesday June 4, 10 -11 am

San Rafael: Thursday June 6, 10 -11 am

McKinley: Friday June 7, 9 -10 am

Jackson: Friday June 7, 11-12:00 pm

Field: Friday June 7, 1:30-2:30 pm

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. Badges and tee shirts will also be distributed. Sign up in VIC!

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

Session 1: Saturday June 8, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Session 2: Saturday June 8, 1:30-2:30 pm

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 10 and July 11, 2019
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 is a great experience to build relationships with different kinds of people, and to be involved in an inclusive and inviting community.” “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 can make an impact on a child’s life just by helping.” “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 6 separate school sites. In your application, you will choose your first and second choices.

Eliot Arts Magnet
2184 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001Field Elementary- Mandarin bilingual volunteers welcome
3600 Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Jackson Elementary- Spanish bilingual volunteers welcome
593 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena, CA 91001

Madison Elementary- Spanish bilingual volunteers welcome
515 Ashtabula Street, Pasadena, CA 91104McKinley School
325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 911021

San Rafael Elementary School- Spanish and French bilingual volunteers welcome  1090 Nithsdale Road, Pasadena CA 91105

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. Browse the course catalog to identify classes that match your interests. 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 10- July 11, 2019
Monday – Thursday (No Friday classes; No class July 4)
8:50 am – 1:30 pm
12-12:15 Break
Free lunch for volunteers 18 years and younger

Returning Volunteers Visit VOLUNTEER CENTER
Support our Summer Volunteers! DONATE


1. Complete Volunteer Application including 125 word Statement of Interest.
2. Download and read the Summer Volunteer Handbook 2019.
3. Sign & return important documents and submit teacher recommendation in Handbook.
4. Provide proof of negative TB test taken in past 4 years
5. Attend Training (mandatory for new volunteers) and Site Orientation. Dates and times coming soon.


1. Log into the Volunteer Information Center and “Sign Up” for “Summer 2019” listed in teh June Calendar
2. Email Allison at apultz@pasedfoundation.org your 2019 Statement of Interest, site and class preferences.
3. Download and read the Summer Volunteer Handbook 2019
4. Sign & return important documents from Handbook
5. Attend Training and Site Orientation. Highly recommended for returning volunteers.


  1. Teacher Recommendation – New volunteers only
  2. Volunteer Pledge – All volunteers
  3. Parent Acknowledgement – All volunteers
  4. Liability Waiver, Medical and Photo Release – All volunteers
  5. Proof of negative TB test or screening within past 4 years.

Download the Summer Volunteer Handbook 2019

Announcing the winner of our Early Bird deadline raffle this Friday May 3!

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:

  • Taking attendance
  • 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 and offerings.
  2. Consider your interests, what classes catch your eye, and preferred locations.
  3. Figure out what three weeks you are able to serve.*
  4. Contemplate what you hope to learn through this experience, and….

 Apply Now!

*Less than there weeks of service is approved on a case-by-case basis.

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

Submit all forms to Allison Pultz apultz@pasedfoundation.org or PEF 351 South Hudson Avenue, Room 153, Pasadena, CA 921101