Volunteer as a Mentor at Hollenbeck Middle School!

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ORGANIZATION: The Young Storytellers Foundation

Who Are We?

Young Storytellers is a youth development and arts education nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles and with programs across the country. We’re passionate about bringing people together and creating stories to raise the voices of those who don’t often get heard. We believe that when a young person understands the power of their own story-made of their unique background, culture, race, gender, sexuality, immigration status, geographic location, and economic status-it creates a more empathetic and equitable future for everyone. We raise voices, one story at a time.

Middle School Stories Program Overview

In our 10-week middle school program, a partner teacher leads their class in creating stories about a time they've felt misunderstood. Through writing exercises, gameplay, mentorship, and group sharing, each student creates their own personal story. During portions of each session, students are divided up into small groups where they are supported by volunteer mentors who guide them through the writing process and encourage sharing within the group. The program culminates in a live show where actors perform each student-written piece.

What Does it Mean to be a Volunteer Mentor?

Young Storytellers Middle School Mentors are the people who make the YS magic happen in schools all over Los Angeles! Mentors help facilitate writing by developing a relationship with their student writer(s) and guiding them through the process of telling their story, from ideation to a finished product. In the Middle School Stories program, students work in small groups with a mentor to create stories about times they have been misunderstood.

Cool, Let’s Get More Specific. What Are the Details?

  • Experience working with young people is helpful but not necessary.
  • Commit to about a 10 week in-person program. , you will meet once a week for 1 hour-long sessions throughout the program, and one 2.5 hour live performance called the Big Show.
  • Model the YS values of belonging, exploration, connection, and play, as well as the YS Worldview
  • Commit to empowering young people so they can develop the skills to tell their own stories.
  • Have an awareness of social and emotional skills including empathy, patience & good listening skills.
  • Support, facilitate, and manage a small group of 5-6 student writers inside of a classroom setting
  • Meet with their teachers prior to the program start date. (30 min. commitment)
  • Check in with their teachers weekly in person or via email. (5 -10 min. commitment)

Ok, I’m In. How Do I Get Started?

  • Complete a Volunteer Application: https://www.youngstorytellers.com/volunteer
  • Attend required Volunteer training session (virtual)
  • Complete all necessary paperwork, including a background check, Live Scan screening, TB screening, and providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
  • Note: Regular Covid-19 testing may be needed if required by the school district.
Anything Else I Should Know?

Young Storytellers believes in raising voices, particularly those that often go unheard. Belonging is a core value of the Young Storytellers culture, and our daily practices around equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-bias, anti-discrimination, and antiracism are central to that value. Young Storytellers firmly believes that Black Lives Matter. We encourage women and gender diverse people, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans, immigrants, and anyone with a disability to apply for this and all our positions. Young Storytellers has designed our interview, onboarding, and ongoing cultural practices to be a welcoming space for everyone. You can read more about our YS Worldview on our website.

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About The Young Storytellers Foundation


923 E 3rd Street #307, Los Angeles, CA 90013, US

Mission Statement

Young Storytellers sparks creative self-discovery through storytelling. Our programs highlight young people as the center of their own narratives, emphasize that their stories matter, and celebrate their unique voices as the ones telling them. Young Storytellers works towards a future where young people experience, through the stories they write, the impact that their thoughts, feelings, and words can have on the world in which they live. We raise voices, one story at a time.


In elementary school, Young Storytellers uses storytelling to help young people explore their creativity and imagination. In middle school, we use storytelling to explore their goals for the future and what challenges might stand in their way. In high school, we use storytelling to explore the impact their voice can have in their community - and, more broadly, the world.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


Fri Feb 10, 2023
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


2510 East 6th StreetLos Angeles, CA 90023



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Youth Services
  • Reading / Writing
  • Storytelling


  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • An hour per week for 9-10 weeks.
  • Full COVID vaccination required for all Young Storytellers volunteers, in line with LAUSD school policies.

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