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Volunteer Head Camp Counselors Needed for a Week-long Day Camp in Pico-Unioin, Los Angeles

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ORGANIZATION: The Academy Project -- The Co-Op

  • 54 people are interested
Summer Camp

This is our 7th year of Camp Xavier!
We are looking for fun, creative, and reliable Head Counselors!

Thursday, July 11th-Friday, July 20th
Pico Union

Some info about Camp Xavier: Camp Xavier will be held on a beautiful high school campus in Pico-Union from 7/15-7/20 Camp Xavier will be held from approximately 8:30am-4:30pm each day. We will be working with foster youth from the 3rd-6th grade.
The campers will attend 5 days of day camp, where they will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as arts & crafts, sports, photography, and drama (just to name a few).
There will be a mandatory training session the weekend before camp.

Earn over 50 Service Hours in one week!

Some info about being a Volunteer Counselor:

Volunteers will serve as Head Camp Counselors, the backbone of our program. Each Senior Counsler will be assigned to a group of Jr. Counselors and Campers and will be responsible for managing the activities of the day. Volunteers will be asked to take part in a variety of tasks including supervising, directing, or organizing participants; providing one-on-one assistance; overseeing a variety of sports and activities; overseeing meal support or daily set-up and clean-up of classrooms and common areas.

Positions will be determined based on experience, prior service, availability, and personal preferences.

The most important responsibility is being a positive role model to campers, leading by example, and building their confidence and self-esteem. We’re committed to delivering a quality, enriched experience for the children.

All volunteers will be required to take a background check, which we will pay for.

What we are looking for in a Volunteer:

  • At least 18 years of age/Must have graduated high school
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Previous experience working at a summer camp would be great!
  • Specialty skills are desirable (i.e. arts & crafts, dance, songs/music, sports, drama, recreational games, etc.)
  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings
  • Must be energetic, outgoing, fun & enthusiastic
  • Must be a team player with a positive attitude and leadership skills
  • Must be self-motivated, innovative, creative, and flexible
  • Must be dependable and responsible with a great work ethic
We are excited to meet with you and talk with you all about Camp Xavier and The Academy Project, and find out what we can do together to help bring foster youth from Los Angeles a great summer camp experience! ABOUT US:

The Academy Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working with foster youth in South Los Angeles to improve life and academic outcomes through holistic support with community, education, and empowerment. We offer two programs: Camp Xavier, our summer program, and The Co-Op, our after-school program.

Did you know...
The STATE of California has a population of 65,000 foster youth. The COUNTY of Los Angeles has a population of 30,000 foster youth. The STATE of New York has a population of 26,000 foster youth. The systems set up to support foster youth in Los Angeles are overwhelmed and failing due to the incredible number of youth needing services

50% of foster youth will be homeless, incarcerated, and/or institutionalized 2 years after leaving the foster care system.

42% of foster youth will not graduate high school

Only 3% of Foster Youth go to college.

Because they are changing placements so often, Foster youth can attend anywhere from 7-20 schools while in care.

80% of Death Row inmates have been in foster care.


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About The Academy Project -- The Co-Op


Pico-Union, Los Angeles, CA 90015, US

Mission Statement

The Academy Project provides support and resources to foster youth in South Los Angeles, CA through education, empowerment, and community.


TAP provides an innovative, year-round, after-school alternative education engagement model. Students are guaranteed continued enrollment through to the completion of 8th grade regardless of placement changes.

The County of Los Angeles has more than 35,000 youth in the foster care system. That's not a typo. Los Angeles COUNTY has more foster youth than the STATE with the 2nd highest population, NY at 26,000 foster youth.

50% of foster youth will be homeless, incarcerated, and/or institutionalized upon leaving the foster care system.

Because they are changing placements so often, Foster youth can attend anywhere from 7-20 schools while in care.

The Academy Project (TAP) was born from the principle that keeping school as a point of stability can significantly help foster children succeed educationally while providing the opportunity to form strong relationships with peers and caring adults.

Engagement begins prior to the start of the school year with CAMP XAVIER, our 2 week summer day camp that culminates in a week-long sleep-away program partnered with UCLA Unicamp.

The Co-Op after school program meets every day and provides food, tutoring, and enrichment such as music appreciation and learning to play an instrument, and reading remediation partnered with a mentoring program.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Sports & Recreation
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Sports & Recreation


Thu Jul 11, 2024 - Sat Jul 20, 2024
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Pico UnionLos Angeles, CA 90006



  • Mentoring
  • Child Welfare
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Multi-Tasking




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Camp is approximately 8 hours/day for 5 days plus training the weekend before camp starts.
  • One training session and a background check that we will pay for.

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