Education & Mentoring

  • Camp Amerikids

    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 29 – August 4
    Session Two: August 10 – August 16

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

  • Camp Kesem

    Camp Kesem
    Camp Kesem, a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, is looking for student leaders to get involved in a new chapter at the Claremont Colleges!  By getting involved with Camp Kesem you can have a powerful impact on children in our community and gain valuable experience in volunteer management, budgeting, fundraising, community outreach, program planning, and a host of other areas! There are approximately 3 million children in the United States who have been affected by a parent’s cancer, yet very few resources exist to serve this population.  Children whose parents have cancer tend to experience social isolation and academic difficulties, and Camp Kesem offers an opportunity for them to find peer support.  It is also free to attend, in recognition of the tremendous financial burden that cancer can place on families.

    On-campus volunteers meet for student-led meetings once per week;  on-campus trainings (total of 24 hours) for all students attending camp.

    Clearance Requirements: Co-Directors apply and are interviewed by a Camp Kesem Staff member;  coordinators and counselors are selected by on-campus directors. Multi-state background check performed before camp if attending camp

    Contact: Marty Shamon


  • City Year

    City Year
    Give a year. Change the world.

    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.

    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 –
    Bert Rivera, Recruitment Manager:

  • Claremont After School Programs (CLASP)

    Claremont After School Programs (CLASP)
    “Be the Change. VOLUNTEER. You Can Make a Difference.”
    On-Site Program Director: Nathan Rhodes

    Pitzer Student Coordinator: Elise Adams

    *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
    Address 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.

  • Jumpstart

    Jumpstart is a national non-profit working toward the day every child enters school prepared to succeed. Through Jumpstart, college students work in teams in local preschools serving low-income neighborhoods. Through our focus on school success, family involvement and developing future teachers, Jumpstart works to create a nurturing environment where children can thrive, and advocates for equality in access to high-quality education.

    Claremont College students work in teams of 5-6 spending about 8-10 hours in their preschool classroom. These students reach out to families and the greater community, working to create a positive and enriching learning environment for these local children. Find out more about Jumpstart Claremont.

    Jumpstart Claremont currently partners with Easter Seals Child Development Center in Upland and Easter Seals Child Development Center in Montclair.

    Jumpstart Site Manager Jenessa Flores Parker:

    Offices located in Pitzer’s Atherton Residential Hall 415-417

    Phone: 1 (909) 607-9290
    Fax: 1 (909) 607-8758

    CEC and Jumpstart

  • Literacy for All in Monterey Park (LAMP)

    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.

    Kathy Yep:

  • Montessori

    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

  • Native Community Engagement Programs

    Native Community Engagement Programs
    The Community Engagement Center at Pitzer College, with the support of California Campus Compact Student Leadership Initiative grant presents the “Indigenous Students Expanding Alliances, Access, and Awareness in Higher Education” Social Innovation Projects. The “Social Innovation Projects” is an umbrella program with several smaller projects/activities which serve to promote student development as well as address economic development for and with local native communities through cultural empowerment, college access and social service collaborations. Through participation in any of the Social Innovation Projects, students will be given opportunities to sustain important relationships with Tribal Nations, expand alliances and interaction with local Native American youth, create new programming, participate in teambuilding, plan events, facilitate agendas, learn intercultural skills, exercise leadership abilities, and assist in public education. The overall goal is to create opportunities for service, learning, understanding, and dialog to take place at a groundbreaking level, to break barriers, to build bridges, and to train leaders for our future. We hope these opportunities serve to bring an upturn in the community’s economy with our service, patronage, publicity and education. Programs in this SLI grant project include: Partnerships with local colleges and tribes, Local Tribal Nations Service Learning Partnerships, MLK, Jr. Day of Service, the Elders In Residence program, the Native American Open House; and Pitzer Native College Pipeline affiliated programs. This grant and the projects therein are facilitated by Pitzer’s Native American Program Coordinator, Scott Edward Orellana Ingles Scoggins.

  • Pitzer Stutors

    Pitzer Stutors
    Pitzer Stutors has two main objectives. It acts as a place to bring together tutors from existing tutoring organizations to share lesson plans and ideas for everyone’s betterment. Also, the club will be a place where students can be matched up with staff who are looking to be tutored. By creating a list of subjects students are both willing to teach and confidently strong in, we can compile a list of subjects that staff can then choose from, much like registering for classes.

    Will Deheeger:

  • Tutors For A Cause

    Tutors For A Cause
    On-campus and student-run, the objective of our tutoring and mentoring program is to attend to the under-served 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

    Uncommon Good
    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.

    Requirements to become a tutor:

    • Live or work in the Pomona Valley
    • 16 years of age or older
    • Transportation to your tutoring location
    • Meet once a week for an hour or two
    • Sign up for a minimum of one school semester
    • For high school students: 3.0 GPA and parental permission are required

    Requirements to become a mentor:

    • Live or work in the Pomona Valley
    • 18 years of age or older
    • Meet once a week for a minimum of two hours
    • Sign up for a minimum of one year
    • College student or college graduate

    Connect to College Mentoring Program
    Volunteer Coordinators: Nancy Dufford and Shelley Randles 1 (909) 625-2248
    Location: 550 Harrison Ave, Claremont • send mail to: 435 Berkeley Ave. Claremont, CA 91711
    *Volunteer application available at:

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