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 Success Coaches (Mentors) that will work one-on-one or in small groups with youth to set goals, create individual work plan, and connect them to education and employment opportunities. An interactive set of activities is used as a basis for constructive positive coaching conversations. Volunteer Success Coaches commit to working with their designated Scholar (youth) for the duration of the program cycle (1-3 months). They will meet with or have contact 3-4 times per month with youth and provide updates to program staff.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
Receive training on program overview, cohort statuses and maintaining appropriate boundaries with Service Scholars by VISTA member
Work closely with VISTA member to ensure mentorship topics are aligned to program goals
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
Serve as accountability partner and provide encouragement to Service Scholars
Maintain positive, unconditional, non-judgmental regard for Service Scholars, their views, lifestyles and aspirations
Assist Service Scholars to define and assess progress against their educational and career goals
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)
Comfortable in engaging with a wide variety of youth, including differences in races, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socio-economic status
A sincere desire to be involved with a youth person
Respect for young people
Active listening skills
Should have a desire to learn coaching concepts and to support under-resourced youth
Good interpersonal communication skills
Must participate in pre-service training
Candidates should have experience navigating the college and/or career process and be able to speak from their own educational and career experiences.
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
Contact: Jazmine Wilson
Pico Union Community Center
2140 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Contact: Shawniqua Bush
Contact: Amber Cummings
Valley YouthSource Center
1009 Glenoaks Blvd.
San Fernando, CA 91340 (Temporary location)
Contact: Serena Chau
Contact: Abby Urias
For more information:
- Teaching / Instruction
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training