ServiceWorks Volunteer: Skill Trainer at Youth Policy Institute


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1009 Glenoaks BlvdSan Fernando, CA 91340


ServiceWorks is unique in that it is a volunteer-driven program that works towards teaching Service Scholars (youth), ages 16-24, transferable college and workplace skills that they gain through the planning and implementation of community service projects. This program is led by VISTA AmeriCorps members that have dedicated a year of service to implementing the ServiceWorks program at YPI. A critical component of the program is bringing in community volunteers to help teach these skills to the youth enrolled in the program. YPI is seeking volunteer Skill Trainers that are motivated adults who possess strong teaching and facilitation skills in one or more of the following areas: leadership, networking, project planning, diversity, professionalism, communication, problem solving and asset mapping. Volunteer trainers will facilitate 1-5 workshops from an established ServiceWorks curriculum. Volunteer trainers typically dedicate 1-3 hours for preparation, 1-2 hours in direct facilitation to youth. Training in the curriculum and ongoing support are provided to volunteer Skill Trainers by YPI VISTA members.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Receive training by VISTA member(s) on ServiceWorks curriculum, overview of program and general expectations
Work closely with VISTA member to plan for facilitation of specific topics
Prepare material prior to workshop as needed and with direction of VISTA member
Provide facilitation of ServiceWorks directly to Service Scholars (youth) enrolled in the ServiceWorks program
Cohorts of youth may run over a 5 week course, with one class a week, or can also be conducted in a "bootcamp" style with all modules taught in one day.
Communicate with ServiceWorks program staff and complete reporting using provided tools
Maintain positive, unconditional, non-judgmental regard for Service Scholars, their views, lifestyles and aspirations

Be at least 18 years old
Be able to pass a Federal background check (Paid for by YPI)
Submit proof of a recent negative TB test (Not paid for by YPI)
Outgoing and dynamic personality
Comfortable in engaging with a wide variety of youth, including differences in races, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socio-economic status
Strong presentation, organization and facilitation skills
Ability to engage groups of 16-24 year olds over workshop period(s) of 60-90 minutes
Must participate in pre-service training

The ideal candidate will have experience in teaching/ training, youth development and/or programming for under-resourced young adults, leadership and/or project management. Previous work experience in marketing or public speaking is also a plus.

No compensation; Volunteer position only. Background check paid for by YPI.

Will vary depending on schedule of current cohort. Contact VISTA member for more information regarding current scheduling.

To apply, contact AmeriCorps VISTA members. Applicants must complete and submit the YPI volunteer application forms, background check forms and any additional info.

We are accepting applications at all 3 YPI sites.

Hollywood Youth Center
5934 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 978-1030

Pico Union Community Center
2140 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 797-4858

Valley YouthSource Center
1009 Glenoaks Blvd.
San Fernando, CA 91340 (Temporary location)
(818) 573-9030


For more information:


  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Community Outreach
  • Youth Services

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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