Affiliated Partners and Student Internship Opportunities

Ability First

Enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers are vital to Ability First! Without people who give of themselves, their time and their talents, we simply would not be able to provide the outstanding programs and services that make such a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Volunteers work in our programs under the supervision of Ability First staff. They may provide one-on-one assistance to children or adults, encouraging participation, keeping activities going, and have fun! Volunteers – especially the members of our Foothill Guild -- are also essential to staging the many events and fundraising activities that take place at our center. And, they help keep our facility running smoothly by performing a variety of important office tasks. To learn more about volunteering at Ability First’s Claremont Center, email Center Director Julie Martin or phone (909) 621-4727.

ACLU-SC Jails Project

The Jails Project monitors conditions of confinement in L.A. County jails. The L.A. County jail system is the largest in the nation, with a daily population of approximately 18,000 inmates. As a result, L.A. County has the highest number of individuals in the nation leaving jail and reentering communities. Many of these men and women encounter a variety of obstacles finding opportunities for employment, housing, and public benefits. In an effort to curb recidivism, the Jails Project has launched a new initiative aimed at mitigating some of the barriers to reentry.

The Reentry Initiative aims to assist one of the most vulnerable populations of inmates - those with physical or mental disabilities - overcome barriers in accessing public benefits and assistance upon release. In addition, it aims to mobilize and train those individuals and communities most affected by mass incarceration to ensure their inclusion in policy-making and political change. We are looking for two types of interns: policy interns and community organizers.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC) is soliciting applications from individuals interested in working on the Jails Project. The Jails Project helps persons in the Los Angeles County jails to obtain medical care and other services. This is a good learning opportunity for any student thinking about a career in law or public service. All are welcome to apply. Interested students should email a cover letter and resume, as well as their school’s internship requirements (for those applying for internship positions) to Esther Lim. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so students are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Adam's Acres

Adams Acres is the last orange grove in Rialto, California. The 10-acre grove is 106 years old. It has approximately 700 orange trees, over 400 new fruit trees, and many different kinds of vegetables. No synthetic pesticides are used. There are needs for both additional muscle power and brainpower on the farm-- including Record Keeping, Financial System, Event Planning, Marketing/PR, Product Pricing, Social Media Liason and Website designer, Contacting Local Restaurants, Farmer’s Market Booths, CSA organization (consumer supported agriculture), Weeding, Arabic/Mandarin/Farsi/Vietnamese/Spanish/English Signs, Street Advertising Signs, Watering/ Planting/ Farming, Labeling/ Mapping . As student volunteers, you will have a great opportunity to use your creativity and see it put into effect. Volunteers will learn an enormous amount about growing crops, working with local government, the satisfactions and frustrations of trying to start a successful small business, dealing with the public, and many other things of practical value. You will also have the opportunity to sample some of the best tasting produce in the world. The grove's owner will reward your good efforts with glowing letters of recommendation to potential employers!
Contact John Adams at 909-875-3776 or

Amy's Farm

Amy's Farm is a program of the non-profit Southern California Agricultural Land Foundation (SCALF).  They stress equitable access to healthy food is foundational to urban sustainability, as is the preservation of local space to grow this food. They have structured their community supported food program to further these goals. Amy’s farm is a local family organic farm wherein students provide assistance with the farm’s organic vegetable gardens, animal ranch, memorial and educational gardens, CSA (home delivery of organic produce) and farmer’s markets harvests and distribution, and new urban farm outreach programs. Interested parties should contact CEC's Director, Tessa Hicks Peterson.

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Bernard Field Station

The Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station, an academic resource of Claremont University Consortium provided to The Claremont Colleges, is located within the Claremont Colleges Campus in Claremont, CA. The field station program currently uses approximately 75 acres of CUC land and an additional 11 acres leased to the BFS by Harvey Mudd College until May 31, 2009. Habitat is primarily coastal sage scrub, Riversidian alluvial fan scrub, live oak forest, and grassland. In addition, an artificial lake with surrounding riparian woodland and several created vernal pools add to habitat diversity. The BFS Mission is: To provide facilities and ecological communities for high-quality teaching and research experiences in the biological, environmental, and other sciences, to the students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges. For more information contact the BFS Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Hamlett, at

Boys & Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley strives to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. This is done through afterschool programs which provide opportunities and resources which may not otherwise be available to our members. With your help, we can strengthen existing programs, add new programs, and extend them to more children in the community. We have two roles in which volunteers can participate:

After-School Programs
Our biggest program need is for volunteers to come in during Power Hour (3:15-4:15 pm, 2:00-3:00 pm on Wednesdays) and assist elementary students with their homework. After Power Hour is complete, volunteers can also supervise and interact with kids during other programs such as cultural dance classes, woodshop, the game room, sports programs, or continue helping members with their homework. Many of our programs are volunteer-run and the option to run a program is available as well if volunteers are qualified and can commit to a consistent schedule.

CollegeBound Mentoring
This year we offer two mentoring programs through our club. In addition to our CollegeBound mentoring program for our Club members, we have partnered with the City of Pomona and the Pomona Unified School District to provide college preparation and mentoring to at-risk PUSD students. Many local students can be first generation college students and are in need of a role model who will encourage educational success. Sessions will only require one hour a week and discussion material is provided. 

If interested please email or call 626-241-6187.

Breakthrough Collaborative

Summer Internship Opportunity-Breakthrough Collaborative is a national organization that gives undergraduate college students the opportunity to intern as teachers working with high-achieving, low-income students. For 8 weeks in one of 35 locations across the country, college students work to improve the skills of their students to help them stay on the college path.One of Princeton's Review's Top Ten Internships and a partner of Teach for America, Breakthrough is truly a remarkable experience. Even for those uninterested in teaching as a career, the internship provides an incredible chance to improve one's leadership and communication skills.

Students can access the application and find out more about the internship at

For more information email

The California Wilderness Coalition

The California Wilderness Coalition protects the natural landscapes that make California unique, providing clean air and water, a home to wildlife, and a place for recreation and spiritual renewal. CWC is the only organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California's wild places and native biodiversity on a statewide level. The California Wilderness Coalition seeks student volunteers and interns to help protect wilderness! Interns are persons who work for the purpose of fulfilling educational objectives and receive no compensation or benefits in return from the CWC. Interns typically work 2-10 hours per week (arranged). Interested volunteers should contact the Upland office at 909-946-1855 or email

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Camp Amerikids

Summer Opportunity: Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for our 2014 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to1. Counselors spend each day of the one week camp session with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor's enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable camp experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community. Room & board at our site in Warwick, NY is provided.  Volunteers can apply for one or both of the following sessions:

Session One: July 28th – August 4th

Session Two: August 9th – August 16th

Applications are available on our website Please contact us if you are interested in more information.

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ)

CCAEJ is a nonprofit of united communities who find common interest in demanding environmental change for their afflicted communities. CCAEJ and students volunteering there are involved in grassroots organizing around environmental crises in San Bernardino and Riverside, including issues of air quality, land use, toxic dumping, perchlorate poisoning and others. Interested parties should contact

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

City of Ontario: Department of Recreation and Community Services

The City of Ontario has established youth and teen service centers throughout the city that provide a safe and supervised location for youth to go after school. They provide free services such as physical fitness, sports, cooking, theatre, yoga and tai chi, ESL and computer classes, family events, and arts and crafts. Student interns are welcomed to get involved with any of the existing activities as well as propose programs of their own. Interested parties should contact CEC's Director, Tessa Hicks Peterson.

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

City Year

Give a year. Change the world.

Are you ready to change the world? City Year is now accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2013-2014 corps year.

Apply Now-

City Year is an AmeriCorps education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.

At City Year’s 23 locations across the United States and two international affiliates, teams of young people called corps members serve full-time in schools for 10 months as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.

For more information please visit our website at or contact Bert Rivera, Recruitment Manager at

Claremont After School Programs (CLASP)

“Be the Change. VOLUNTEER. You Can Make a Difference.”
Program Director: Jennifer Hele (909) 204-0127
*Volunteer application available at:

CLASP offers homework help and after-school recreation to low-income elementary students from at four different locations near Pitzer's campus. All are within bike/walking distance and 5 minutes via car. Tutoring schedules are flexible, but tutors must commit to attending regularly. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the local community! You will make a valuable and rewarding contribution to the lives of children, while learning from them and enjoying their company.

CLASP Location

Claremont Village Apartments

Claremont Presbyterian Church

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Wheeler Park


965 W Arrow Hwy 

1111 N. Mountain Ave.

1700 N Towne Ave.

626 Vista Drive

Volunteer Windows

M, T, W
3:15-5:15 p.m.

M, T, Th
3-5 p.m.

M, T 2:30-4:30

W 1:30-3:30

M, T,Th
2:30-4 p.m.

M, T, Th
4-6 p.m.

Ages of Children 

Kindergarden- 6th Grades

3rd -6th Grades

Kindergarten- 3rd Grades

1st- 3rd Grades

4th -6th Grades

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation and CLASP volunteer registration form.

Claremont Manor

Student volunteers needed for activities with residents at Claremont Manor retirement community. 
Want first-hand experience in the rapidly-growing field of senior services or need community service credits?

Claremont Manor's late afternoon and weekend activities program may be just what you are looking for.

Contact Vern Jahnke at Claremont Manor in Claremont at
Phone :909 626 1227 ext. 153 or 951 232 4647

Community-Based Enterprise Education Program (C-BEEP)

The Community-Based Enterprise Education Program (C-BEEP) is. The program’s goal is to place university students within County departments as student interns for the completion of specific projects, research or studies ordered by the Board of Supervisors or developed by a County department. C-BEEP internships are unpaid and projects are carefully designed to offer each intern a practical and meaningful work experience. Participants normally spend
8-16 hours per week at their internship unless noted differently on the project description.

Who Qualifies?
C-BEEP applicants must be junior, senior or graduate level university students who are currently enrolled in good academic standing and will be completing their internships for academic credit at a C-BEEP partnering educational institution. Upon joining the program, interns must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the internship site. As a general rule, interns are expected to be available at least eight (8) hours a week.

How to apply to the program?
Please click on the Current Internship Projects link below and identify 2-3 projects you would like to work on. After you have identified the projects, please Click here to complete the application process.

To view a listing of Current Internship Projects, please Click here.

If you do not find your educational institution listed or for additional information, contact the Department of Human Resources by email at or at (213) 893-7810.

County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Viral Hepatitis Program

Are you interested in health and social justice? Are you curious to understand the basics of public health and infectious disease prevention? There is no need wait until you’ve graduated from Pitzer to discover your local public health department and the communities served by its programs. The Department of Public Health, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Division's Viral Hepatitis Program develops, facilitates, and analyzes collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-based hepatitis prevention projects. The selected student intern must travel to the program's headquarters, located in downtown Los Angeles (reachable by MetroLink train and a brief DASH bus ride from Union Station) and assist the program with diverse tasks for a minimum of eight hours per week throughout the semester or summer. Contact Elaine Waldman, Pitzer Alumna (Anthropology).

Telephone: (213) 250-8602

Requirements: Volunteer application, background check, completed agreement of understanding of DPH policies, County ID badge, two mandatory orientation sessions held in the City of Commerce, and downtown Los Angeles, and online training.

Eastside Cafe in El Sereno

Unpaid internship at the Eastside Cafe in El Sereno, 5469 Huntington Drive, East Los Angeles. Student will work with the Bungalows Collective to move forward with a long-term project developing abandoned bungalows into a community center. Duties include community outreach, event organizing, legal research, budget and matching grant fundraising work, tabling at local music and other community events, and other duties. Most meetings are Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm, though the meeting time may change; occasional early morning meetings during the week. Number of hours are flexible, but probably 8-10 hours per week, some of which student may complete off site. Bilingual Spanish-English or some Spanish language skills preferred. Transportation required (once a week minimum) with vehicle gas funding available through the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer College; access possible by bicycle or bus from Cal State LA Metro stop or Mission Avenue Gold Line stop.

Internship is available to students from any college as a volunteer position, and may possibly be arranged for academic credit. Internship satisfies Pitzer's social responsibility educational objective.

For more information about the internship or credit options or the Eastside Cafe, contact Joe Parker, International and Intercultural Studies at Pitzer, office Broad Center 213, or at

You can also take a look at the Eastside Cafe facebook page or their website:

Energy Service Corps


Energy Service Corps is a joint project of CalPIRG and Americorps, with chapters on college campuses across California, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Colorado. We serve the community through energy efficiency projects and programs, focusing primarily on education and outreach. Our goal is to educate every child in Claremont in the next three years about energy and its impact on the environment. We also want to give 250 free home energy surveys to area residents to help them realize energy and money savings. Last, we want to do ten energy upgrades/weatherization events at area homeless shelters, food banks, or other community resources.

Get involved as either a volunteer or an intern-coordinator. Our interns take on leadership roles in every aspect, and our volunteers help them achieve our goals along the way – from teaching local school children fun and interactive lessons about energy and the environment, to leading energy surveys of local buildings, and bringing together community groups, VIPs, volunteers and the media around big service projects. Members forge partnerships with community and faith-based groups, meet with local and state officials to encourage their participation in community projects, contact the media to write about energy efficiency and adapt educational activities to fit the needs of local communities and to appeal to a wide range of age groups – all in an effort to foster long-term community stewardship and increase energy efficiency across California. Please contact the 5C Campus Organizer Elena Cardenas at, or call at (916) 276-9788, for more information.

Submit an application at:

First Street Gallery Art Center

First Street Gallery Art Center is founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual disabilities. Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creatively and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities. First Street Gallery provides clients with professional art training and exhibition resources. In the Center’s studio, more than 50 artists create original works of art in a range of media including: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and collage. First Street’s staff is made up of professional artists whose role it is to help facilitate these projects and provide guidance when needed. Internships are available in the following areas: art instruction, arts management, development/fundraising. Contact Program Director Rebecca Hamm at or (909) 626-5455.

Foothill AIDS Project

Provides services to individuals throughout eastern Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and western Riverside counties in four core program areas: 1) HIV/AIDS medical case management and supportive care centers, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, food, and transportation services; 2) HIV Education and Risk Reduction for Communities of Color; 3) HIV/AIDS-specific housing case management services; and 4) housing services for the general homeless population. Click here for volunteer application.

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation; TB test and FAP volunteer application form.

Foundations Class at Claremont High School

Looking for volunteers to help at-risk freshman high school students. Volunteers needed Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-12pm though this time/day may be negotiable. Interns would work with two sets of students on content area concepts and reading as well as provide a positive role model for students. Interested parties should contact CEC. Within walking distance.

Clearance Requirements:
Proof of a current TB test (within the last 6 months); CUSD district volunteer form; Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Fresh Start Ministries and Community Services

Helping disadvantaged individuals, families, and youth meet their day-to-day survival challenges by coordinating health, social and economic services, and by linking those in need with the available services and resources in the community.Fresh Start Ministries provides services throughout the West End region of the San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County. We focus our services in the City of Ontario, Upland, Montclair, Claremont, Chino, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fontana.

Contact Information:

Richard Hernandez
Executive Director

Fresh Start Ministries and
Community Services, Inc.
1556 South Sultana Ave.
Ontario CA 91761


Cell:909 630-2662
Office: 909 988-7942
Fax: 909 988-0102

From Lot to Spot

Environmental Justice Internship


Ever wish you could help empower local communities?  Do you want to improve your social advocacy skills?  Are parks, gardens and green space your passion?  Do you speak Spanish?

If you answered YES to all, From Lot to Spot has the internship for you!

From Lot to Spot is a non-profit organization that strives to address the need and inequity of park/green space in underserved neighborhoods. As an intern at From Lot to Spot you will have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from the organization’s Executive Director.  You will benefit from this unique mentorship opportunity for the next generation’s leaders and anyone interested in social advocacy.

Ideal candidate will be a socially conscious, out going, energetic person that loves to interact with people!

As an intern at From Lot to Spot you will:

Educate community members about potential green projects
Learn about social advocacy and community engagement
Organize and attend community events and meetings
Implement fundraising and development campaigns
Update and maintain social media outlets
Help maintain internal files
Visit project sites

Candidate must be current college or graduate student
Position is eligible for credit as arranged through your school

Interested candidates please email cover letter and resume to Karla Cortez at

Garey High School

This Pomona public high school has a substantial drop-out rate, teen pregnancy rate, domestic violence rates and could use the help of college mentors or and/or additional support programs. Pitzer students work at Garey as mentors, program facilitators /assistants and college counselors. Students founded and co-facilitate a unique program called “Girl Talk” for teen girls to create a safe space to talk about issues of peer-pressure, healthy relationships, substance abuse, family crises and abuse or violence. Interested parties should contact Karen Rogel at . Pitzer Vans may be available.

Clearance Requirements:
TB Test; PUSD Volunteer Application; Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Harvest and Deliver Internship Program

Harvest and Deliver was created by Mary E. Petit because she was passionate about organic gardening, nutrition, urban agriculture how all this can help provide healthy food to our youth, the underserved, and the homeless.The main goal of the program is to help maintain a volunteer fruit picking program that supplies fresh produce to local food banks and kitchens that feed the homeless. Interested parties should contact Mary E. Petit.

Contact: Mary E. Petit
740 West 26th Street, Upland CA 91784

Home: 909-608-7438
Cell/Text: 941-276-1150

Clearance Requirements:
Release Form

Hope through Housing

Hope Through Housing Foundation is based in Rancho Cucamonga and provides supportive services to low income families and seniors. For school age youth in grades K-12, Hope offers after school programming located on site in learning centers. The programming is focused on building positive relationships between adults and kids, homework help, access to computers/ internet, a violence prevention/ character development program, reading literacy, healthy snack/ physical recreation, and enrichment programs. Looking for interns, volunteers, and paid staff to help with our programs. Interested parties should email

You may also contact the Assistant Director of Child and Youth Development Melissa Thompson-Walker at

Clearance Requirements:
TB Test; Live Scan; Hope through Housing Volunteer Application; Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

House of Ruth

House of Ruth’s mission is to advocate for and assist women victimized by domestic violence and children exposed to violence in transforming their lives by providing culturally competent shelter, programs, opportunities and education; and to contribute to social change through intervention, education, prevention programs and community awareness.

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Grant

The Keck Center recently was awarded a grant through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that will be carried out between Fall 2012 and Spring 2016. A small portion of the HHMI grant focuses on finding students to tutor in the local community in STEM subject areas (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics). For this internship, STEM students are paired with an affiliated partner of the Community Engagement Center. Involvement can be year-long or for one semester. If you are interested, please contact the HHMI STEM Coordinator Javid Riahi.

Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC)

Through community organizing, youth leaders are making change around issues of violence and racism among youth in the Inland Empire. ICUC has been successful in uniting schools, neighborhoods, religious congregations and others to mobilize for change. Pitzer students have been involved in community organizing, conducting ongoing research and organizing actions for social change. Inland Empire youth serviced by ICUC are in need of college mentorship. Days/times may vary. Interested parties should contact Pitzer in Ontario faculty Tom Dolan.

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Inland Hospice Organization

For nearly 30 years the Inland Hospice Association has provided reliable, professional & comprehensive care & volunteer support to persons who are critically, chronically or terminally ill, as well as supportive services to the family members and other caregivers of these patients. The skilled team of professionals and trained volunteers work together to offer assistance, comfort and education through a variety of programs including general medical assistance services, general social assistance services, medical equipment loan services, bereavement counseling services and patient caregiver support services.

INSAN for Humanity

The word Insan means human or mankind. We believe in investing in the best resource any community or nation has - the people.

INSAN for Humanity helps those in need, currently focusing on Hunger, Homelessness, and Educational Disparity. Our aim also includes bringing awareness, understanding, and finding solutions to complex issues such as aging, hunger, homelessness, poverty, and inner -city educational challenges.  We provide homeless, needy, and seniors with basic essential of life. Volunteers can join our ongoing hunger and homelessness programs. As part of Educational Initiative, INSAN offers an inspirational program for under-served financially disadvantaged kids. We run after school homework help and mentoring project (Mon-Thu) during the school year as well as summer program. Educational program volunteers work as tutor, mentor, and role models and need to commit on a regular basis.

We invite volunteers and interns who want to make a difference.

Clearance Requirement for Tutoring/Mentoring:
Finger printing; INSAN Interview/Orientation; Application 
Contact Information:
Phone: 909-979-3410 
Web: and

Jovenes-Street Soccer LA

The Mission of Jovenes, Inc. (Youth, Inc.) is to bring opportunities to disenfranchised youth and families that enable them to become active and integrated members of the community. It primarily fulfills its mission by providing Housing and Supportive Services to youth between the ages of 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness. Jovenes also offers a wide variety of community based services to at-risk populations in Boyle Heights and East LA. Jovenes’s Street Soccer LA targets homeless youth (men and women) between the ages of 18-24. Street Soccer is a growing international movement that uses sports as an effective tool to combat homelessness. Jovenes conducts outreach and practice at different parks throughout Boyle Heights in order to increase the number of homeless youth who are accessing available housing and supportive services, and to motivate our current residents to continue setting and reaching their goals.

Faculty Liaison Nigel Boyle
Contact Johny Figueroa

KIWA (Korean Immigrant Worker Advocates)

KIWA's mission is to empower low wage immigrant workers and to develop a progressive constituency and leadership amongst low wage immigrant workers in Los Angeles that can join the struggle in solidarity with other underrepresented communities for social change and justice. Volunteer your time and learn about our projects and campaigns. KIWA welcomes interns and volunteers from concerned members of the community. College students can intern for class credit and law school interns in particular are needed to help do research on campaigns. Spanish-speakers are always desired to help communicate with workers. Click here to access Community Organizing Internships and Volunteer Positions. Email for more information.

Kizuna | Uniting Nikkei for the Future

Kizuna, is a Japanese American Los Angeles based non-profit organization. Kizuna's mission is to build a vibrant Nikkei community by: Creating an empowering culture and environment. Engaging and advocating for the community by igniting the passion of young Japanese Americans. Building collective identity through multi-generational and multi-ethnic collaborations. We do this by offering multiple programs for Japanese American youth. Below is a brief description of a program available for college students.

The Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) is a paid 8-week summer internship for college students interested in leadership development and community exposure. Participants will be placed in community-based organizations where they will work for 4 days a week on community projects such as youth development, social services, fundraising, etc. Interns will also spend one day a week learning about the Japanese American community, leadership skills, and how to network with leaders. NCI provides participants with leadership development, hands-on work experience, network building, and mentorship.

For more information about NCI or to learn more about Kizuna, visit

Lideres Campesinas

Represents a culmination of decades of work by farm working women (Campesinas). Farm worker women have been the leaders of many grass roots and mobilizing efforts to improve the lives of farm worker communities. Líderes Campesinas provides these long-time leaders and activists with the opportunity to coordinate their work statewide and has built collectives so that campesinas may become agents of change and be a more effective unified voice.

Phone: (805) 486-7776

Literacy for All in Monterey Park (LAMP)

Since 1984, Literacy for All of Monterey Park (LAMP) has been a leader in adult and family literacy programs. They work to improve human lives by providing high-quality, learner-centered literacy services to the San Gabriel Valley at no cost. Trained volunteers in one-to-one, small group, and classroom settings provide tutoring and instruction. Interested parties should contact Pitzer Faculty Kathy Yep.

LULAC National Educational Service Center (LNESC)

The LNESC MODEL Program provides students at Emerson Middle School in Pomona with one-one-one mentoring relationships. This is a great opportunity for college students to create a bond with a youth and serve as encouraging, positive role models. Mentoring sessions run for two hours and fifteen minutes each day. Interested parties should contact

Marianna Morón: National Program Manager
(202) 835-9646 Ext. 114   


Exciting opportunity to design and run your own programs with pre-school children . Montessori in Montclair (near the mall) is looking for self-starters to share their interests with kids. Enjoy gardening? Soccer? Painting? Math? This site is very open to student run programming so contact us if you have an idea - work alone or team up with friends. Each program is for 2-6 year olds and can run M-F after 2:30pm. Interested parties should contact CEC. Within biking distance.

Clearance Requirements:
Interview; TB Test; Live Scan; Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Mount San Antonio Gardens

Mt. San Antonio Gardens is a non-profit, nationally recognized Life Care senior community, set on a beautifully landscaped campus in the college towns of Claremont and Pomona, California. With a wide choice of residences for independent living and the comfort and convenience of outstanding assisted living and skilled nursing care on campus, the Gardens' dynamic residents pursue their busy lifestyles and embrace new life-enriching experiences without the worry of home maintenance or future health care costs or needs. Their combined energy and interests fuel the vitality of this leading Continuing Care Retirement Community and help shape its policies and programs. FMI email:

Nahuatl Language And Culture Club

The Nahuatl Language and Culture Club is student-led program whose interests consist of, but are not limited to, indigenous culture and language preservation (through hands-on learning), accessible education, sustainable production & living and community-based economic models. The club is a space by which students, faculty and other interested parties may be given a forum for civic engagement at a local and global level.

Co-President: Eduardo Fernandez
Co-President: Rachel Conrad

Pomona YMCA

Do you want to be a volunteer coach?! The Pomona YMCA is looking for coaches for the upcoming T-Ball/ Baseball season.
Time commitment: Two, one hour practices a week and one, one hour game on Saturdays– includes free membership to the Y!!!
If interested, please call 909-623-6433 and ask for Fritz!
Practices begin March 29th!

Project Caring & Sharing

Contact: Pastor Brown (909) 643-5157,

Project Caring and Sharing is a local organization that provides academic mentoring and tutoring for children of incarcerated parents and foster youth, some of whom are at risk of educational failure. The program seeks caring individuals who will help provide young people between the ages of 8 and 14 with academic and social support, direction, friendship, reinforcement and a constructive example. No transportation needed— program takes place on campus; mentors must be available to meet with their mentees weekly for at least two hours.


Pomona College Campus: Haun Hall Room 101

Volunteer Windows

Tuesday 4:30 p.m. - 6p.m.

Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Clearance Requirements:
Interview; Application; TB Test; Live Scan; Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Prison Education Program

The Prison Education Project expands educational opportunities for inmates at the California Institution for Men, the California Institution for Women, the California Rehabilitation Center, the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, and the Old Folsom Men & Women's facilities. PEP has serviced over 1,700 inmates in these six facilities. Professor, Renford Reese, is the founder/director of PEP. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Correctional Education and PEP have embraced a progressive and innovative approach to supplementing and expanding educational opportunities for their incarcerated students. Enhancing the educational services will promote the developmental growth of the inmate population and should prove to contribute significantly to the transformation of their lives. The ultimate goal is to provide these inmate-students with the cognitive tools necessary to function as productive citizens, which will also translate to recidivism reduction. The over arching philosophy of PEP is to use the resources in the backyard of each of the state’s prisons to make change e.g. university student and faculty volunteers.

Pitzer students have the opportunity to volunteer at one of these correctional facilities once per week (90-minute sessions) for seven weeks. Students can choose between facilitating Academic Orientation presentations or tutoring in Math or Literacy in the prison's pre-GED program.

For more information please contact Tricia Morgan at

Reach LA

REACH LA is a youth driven organization committed to educating, motivating, and mobilizing urban youth to improve their own lives and communities. The mission of REACH LA is to train low-income youth of color from Metropolitan Los Angeles, and empower them with skills to develop innovative program initiatives that lead to social change in their own peer community. Through a comprehensive curriculum of practice-based learning, integrating digital media arts and web-based information technologies, REACH LA trains urban youth (ages 14-23) to design, operate, and test model program aimed at improving the social, cultural, educational, and health conditions of their community. Participants in this rigorous training process improve their own skills and capacities, and simultaneously, foster community improvement through their self-produced program initiatives.

The mission of REACH LA is to improve the health and well-being of urban youth and help them transition to successful adulthood. The long term goal of REACH LA is to build a foundation for community improvement by training and positioning young people of color as leaders, to address critical issues facing their urban peers, and to help them develop and implement creative, programmatic solutions leading to social change. The core of REACH LA’s youth-driven programming is a specialized development and training process that builds the capacity of youth by actively engaging their participation in: HIV Services, Health & Wellness, Leadership, Girl2Girl, LGBTQ of Color, Arts & Media for Social Action, Social Enterprises.

All program initiatives grew from focus groups comprised of REACH LA youth volunteers and youth staff. Program initiatives, which include on-going programs and short-term projects, were designed, initiated and implemented by youth who were committed to fulfilling REACH LA’s mission. From that initial step, REACH LA launched a variety of innovative and non-traditional approaches towards youth development and advocacy. Contact Professor Gina Lamb for more information or visit the Reach LA website.

Reeder Heritage Foundation

The George C. and Hazel H. Reeder Heritage Foundation welcomes volunteers and student interns interested in local history. Volunteers are needed to assist with general cataloguing of the large collection that includes objects, photographs and documents. Students interested in more focused intern projects might catalog a selected group of items or research a specific topic for the Foundation. The Foundation is working to preserve the Reeder Citrus Ranch in Montclair that was owned and occupied by members of the Reeder family for more than a century. The ranch is exemplary of the family-owned citrus farms that dominated the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Valleys for the first half of the 20th century. For more information, contact Annette Johnson at or 909-624-1560.

School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE)

The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) is a state-certified public charter high school located in the Pomona Arts Colony. SAE emphasizes two unique areas: visual and performing arts and business skills. The curriculum is delivered through a Project-Based Learning (PBL) learning approach to instruction, one which minimizes traditional lecture and recitation. Each semester students are assigned an experiential, community oriented learning project that demands research and problem solving and represents authentic, marketplace situations. Students learn by doing. Utilizing a community-based approach, students have the opportunity to participate in physical education, arts classes and after school programs throughout the Pomona Arts Colony, including the YMCA and the dA Center for the Arts. Students also interact with local artists, gallery owners, arts related businesses, entertainment companies and public agencies through internships and other coordinated activities. Interested parties should contact CEC.

Clearance Requirements:
Live Scan; Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Science Bus

Science Bus is a 5C community outreach program that coordinates student volunteers to go out into local elementary schools and conduct hands-on science lessons. Although the each lesson has an academic focus, the overall purpose is to get these students excited about science and continuing their education.

As a teacher, you will go out to a local school (we'll arrange the transportation) once weekly, 1-3:30pm on your designated day. We'll be putting people into groups of 2-3, so don't be intimidated if it's your first time teaching! Science Bus lessons are super fun and the kids are always excited to see you.

You can also help out by writing new lessons, reviewing/testing old lessons to make improvements, and packing lesson supplies.

Last but not least, we are looking for people to help us plan/coordinate Science Day, a one day event in March-April. We bring Science Bus students to HMC to participate in longer, more in depth experiments (some with faculty members). All you need to do is check off a box in the survey and we will contact you later with more information!

Contact information:

Full link for the survey:

Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) After-School Program

Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) is a charter high school that provides educational opportunities to students that have not been successful in traditional schools, have been expelled from traditional schools, or have been incarcerated. Most of the students are reading far below grade level and are more than a year behind on high school credits. The school has small classroom sizes in order to provide students individualized attention. SEA has also implemented an after-school program to provide students with more personalized assistance. The goal of the after-school program is to increase students’ progress toward reaching grade-level proficiency in reading and mathematics, as well as improved performance in the four content areas: history, math, English and science. Students work one-on-one or in small groups with a teacher, teacher assistant, or tutor to complete activities that reinforce concepts learned during the week. Activities such as projects, data collection, novel reading, poetry writing, and research are utilized to expand students’ understanding of the topics being studied. Interested parties should contact CEC. For more information contact the Administrative Office Tel: (213) 480-4200

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation


Solutions is the newest diversion program created by the Industry Sheriff Station in partnership with several Los Angeles County Universities to help find " solutions" and strategies for families struggling with teen conflicts and their destructive behaviors. The Solutions program aims to demonstrate to at-risk teens that poor life choices lead to a destructive life style and ​there are alternatives to joining gangs, committing crimes, and using drugs / alcohol. ​Solutions is open and FREE  to all families with children in grades 6 to 9 who feel they can benefit from the training.

While parents attend a mandatory 30 hour parenting class by trained Parent Project facilitators, teens attend classes with an assigned college student, Station Volunteer or an Explorer. These mentors help teens cope with any difficulties they may be experiencing and teach them to give back to their community.

For more information on how to get involved contact: Deputy Jim Bickel at (626)-934-3315

Study Buddies

Program Director: Dena Anderson (909) 624-6101,

Study Buddies, an after-school enrichment and mentoring program designed to meet the educational and sociological needs of underprivileged children, was launched in 2003 by Kid Care International. The goal of Study Buddies is to address child illiteracy by helping local K-12th grade students gain mastery in the basic skills of Language Arts and Math. The students come from schools in Ontario, Montclair, and Pomona. Study Buddies seeks 20 tutors and is within walking distance from campus.


Kid Care International
1580 N. Claremont Blvd. Suite 202 • Claremont, CA 91711

Volunteer Windows


4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Clearance Requirements:
Volunteer Application; TB Test; Live Scan; Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation


TeamWorks! is all about learning more about issues facing our community and cultivating a culture of volunteerism.

As a team, the groups will complete service projects at local agencies related to Inland Empire United Way focus areas (health, education and financial stability) over the course of six Saturdays in April and May. In most cases, the commitment is from 9am and 1pm on Saturdays. Volunteers will participate in valuable service projects, learn about nonprofit agencies and regional needs, and challenge one another to take on a greater role in improving the Inland Empire. This is a great way to participate in meaningful community service while sampling service opportunities and organizations, and we hope that the volunteers will find an organization or focus area that they are passionate about and commit to ongoing service in our region. Each team will be assigned a trained leader who will manage project details, support the group, and facilitate post-project reflections.

Project dates:

Saturday, April 5: Kick-off – 10am-1pm

Saturday, April 12: National Volunteer Week School Makeover at Upland Elementary or 7th Annual CASA Care for Kids Walk (full day and half day opportunities)

Saturday, April 26: Service Project and Reflection – 9am-1pm

Saturday, May 3: Service Project and Reflection – 9am-1pm

Saturday, May 10: Service Project and Reflection – 9am-1pm

Saturday, May 17: Wrap-up – 10am-1pm

Contact Rachel Powers at or 909-980-2857 ext. 209. I am also available to make presentations and meet with groups or representatives individually.

Tutors for a Cause

Club Facilitator: Pitzer student Rachael Crooke and Mayra Hernandez

On-campus and student run, the objective of our tutoring and mentoring program is to attend to the underserved children of our own community. By working with children of our dining hall staff, Pitzer students are able to cultivate personal and meaningful relationships with staff members who work hard for us every day, yet remain nameless faces to the majority of students served. Tutors for a Cause was founded in 2007, when members of our dining hall staff expressed concern that they could not provide their children with critical homework help. To meet this need, founder Nancy Murillo (PZ '10) envisioned a program in which Pitzer students would share both their academic and non-academic abilities with the children of our staff. Tutors and students work and learn together in Pitzer classrooms on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. –12:00 p.m. and participate in educational and fun group events after lunch until 2 p.m. Approximately 25 tutors needed for a mix of elementary and high-school aged students.

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation

Uncommon Good

Connect to College Mentoring Program 
Volunteer Coordinators: Nancy Dufford and Shelley Randles (909) 625-2248
Location: 550 Harrison Ave, Claremont • send mail to: 435 Berkeley Ave. Claremont, CA 91711
*Volunteer application available at:

The Connect to College Mentoring Program is designed to inspire at-risk, low income children to stay in school, go to college and break the cycle of poverty. College students are needed as one-to-one volunteers to tutor and/or mentor middle and high school students who want to go to college. In addition to being a supportive role model and friend, each mentor and tutor helps their student envision themselves on a college campus, and inspires them by example. It's easy, fun, and flexible, and it makes a big difference in a child's life. Work/Study positions available: mentor/tutors, Connect To College Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, and Parent Leader Coordinator.

Clearance Requirements:
Liability Waiver; Photo Release; CEC Ethics Contract; attend mandatory CEC Orientation, fingerprinting; interview

Urban Farm Therapy - Uncommon Good and Tri-city Mental Health

Uncommon Good is partnering with Tri-city Mental Health to create a community wellness component at our farm in Pomona. Luis Resendez oversees the horticultural therapy program and is an urban farming therapist. If any staff/students are interested in visiting the site and sharing in the development of a "teaching farm" you are welcome to email Luis. We will have classes on topics that relate to food and wellness including yoga, garden basics, horticultural therapy, stress management and we're always looking for guest speakers. All classes are FREE and open to the public.

Urban Farm Brochure
Feel free to email Luis at with any questions.

Vina Danks Middle School

1020 N. Vine Ave.
Ontario, CA 91762

Contact: Mark Lim
Tel: (909) 459-2947, (909) 983-2691
Fax: (909) 459-2959

Key Issues: school success, youth outreach

Young Visionaries

The mission of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy is to enrich the lives of at-risk youth in The Inland Empire by providing quality emergency shelter and youth development programs. The Visionary Homes Emergency Youth Shelter, a basic crisis center for homeless and runaway youth always welcomes the valuable contribution of volunteers. The agency is flexible in terms of time commitment, requesting part-time, seasonal and full-time help. Volunteers are an integral part of Visionaries Homes, helping us meet our goal of preventing homeless and runaway youth from being in the streets. We are grateful for the time and effort volunteers dedicate to making our community a safer place to live.

Visionary Homes Emergency Youth Shelter volunteer recruitment is open and continuous. For more information and an application contact the Office Manager Lizette Lopez at