Volunteer with KYCC

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Volunteers and interns are an integral part of KYCC. We are dedicated to engaging with members of our community to create real change through our many volunteer opportunities. Every year we engage well over 2,000 volunteers and interns through a wide variety of programs and services.  There are many ways to get involved with KYCC – whether you are a high school student, retired or a business professional, your time and expertise can help strengthen our community.  

If you can’t find an opportunity that suits you, feel free to contact us as we are occasionally able to craft positions based on our programs, needs, and your talents.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • No events at the moment but please check back with us in a few weeks! (updated August 15, 2022)

 

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Saturday, August 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

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ADMIN

Community Development & Planning Intern

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  • Assist the director in compiling and organizing data and conducting analysis intended to inform the shaping of future policies, and which otherwise assist in more effective decision making for KYCC’s Community Development and Planning Program
  • The ideal candidate should be currently enrolled in an accredited college/university program with some coursework in planning and/or related fields.
  • This position is currently full.  Interested candidates may join the waitlist by signing up here.
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10-12 hrs./week for at least 3 months (hybrid remote/in-person) 

 

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CLINICAL SERVICES

Spreading Awareness to Youth (SAY) Club

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  • High school students meet weekly to participate in mental health workshops, activities and peer-led discussions on topics such as depression among adolescents.
  • SAY provides mental health knowledge and resources to youth, including how to prevent mental illnesses and where to seek help.
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1 hr./week for one school year (in-person)
 

Spreading Awareness to Youth (SAY) Club Intern

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  • The SAY Intern will support program operations by planning and developing educational content in conjunction with KYCC staff, participating in SAY weekly meetings, and completing light program administration duties. 
  • Undergraduate coursework in social work, psychology, education, or related fields preferred. Prior experience working with high school students and a passion for mental health advocacy are required.
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2 hrs./week for one school year (fall – spring, in-person)
 

Clinical Intern

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  • The Clinical Intern will provide overall administrative support to KYCC’s clinical services unit, which provides e individual, group and family therapy, medication management, linkage to resources, parenting education and mental health education.
  • This internship is ideal for those with an interest in the mental health field or for those interested in the administrative side of mental health services.

  • This position is currently full.  Interested candidates may join the waitlist by signing up here.
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8 hrs./week for at least 6 months (in-person)

 

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COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 

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  • Volunteer tax preparers donate their time to make sure those with limited incomes are able to receive tax refunds and credits they are due.  All training is provided by KYCC.
  • Intake volunteers support the operation of the program from welcoming clients, gathering basic documents and answering general questions.
  • Tax preparation, training, certification and orientation can all be done from the safety of home.  Limited in-person opportunities will also be available.
  • This is a CRA-approved activity.

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2-6 hrs./week (in-person).  VITA sessions are currently hosted first Saturdays and every Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) Volunteer

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  • CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and Attorneys donate their time counseling low income taxpayers on how to respond to IRS notices at all stages of tax controversy including return processing, exam, collections, and litigation.
  • Experienced Tax Attorneys or USTC Practitioners may counsel or represent low income taxpayers through appeals , settlement discussions with IRS Counsel, or before tax court judge.
  • Fellowship Application: Please email a letter describing potential projects and the fellowship programs for which you plan to apply, along with a resume, unofficial transcripts, and writing sample to Managing Attorney, Christian Morales. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Volunteers are required to be currently credentialed, in good standing, and able to sign the IRS Form 2848.
  • For school-based fellowship programs, please also include in your application the description of the fellowship offered by your law school (including compensation, duration, etc.).
  • Please contact us to sign up for this opportunity.

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Time commitment varies with level of representation and complexity of case (hybrid remote/in-person)

 

 

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DEVELOPMENT

Communications Intern

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  • Learn communications and marketing skills
  • Build social media management
  • Develop website content
  • Help create agency materials and merchandise
  • Help manage media relations
  • This position is currently full.  Interested candidates may join the waitlist by signing up here.
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8-12 hrs./week for at least 12 weeks (remote)
 

Koreatown Storytelling Project High School Member

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  • KYCC’s Koreatown Storytelling Program is an intergenerational, multilingual and multiethnic oral history and digital media program that teaches ethnographic and storytelling techniques to high school students.
  • Must be a current high school student.
  • The upcoming KSP term runs from September 2022 – May 2023.
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Meetings are every other Tuesday, 4:30-6:00 P.M. (in-person)

 

 

Koreatown Storytelling Project Interviewee

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  • KYCC’s Koreatown Storytelling Program is an intergenerational, multilingual and multiethnic oral history and digital media program that teaches ethnographic and storytelling techniques to high school students.
  • The upcoming KSP term runs from September 2022 – May 2023 with a theme of Koreatown food.
  • Our target population for interviewees are 55+ years of age with a strong connection to Koreatown, but all are welcome.
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Interviews can be scheduled around availability with additional activities to be announced

 

 

Koreatown Storytelling Project Intern

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  • Lead communication with youth journalists
  • Help facilitate workshops
  • Edit text and audio/video of oral histories
  • Korean/English bilingual required 
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8-10 hrs./week  (hybrid)

 

 

Koreatown Storytelling Project Editor

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  • Work with the KSP team to edit, polish and capture the voices of our interviewees for publication.
  • Volunteers must be 14+ with an interest in writing, media or journalism and preferably with strong writing and communication skills.

 

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2-3 hours/week (remote)

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL

Volunteer Team Leaders

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  • Learn how to plant trees
  • Lead other volunteers at tree planting events
  • Attend one training and three tree planting events per year
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1 training, 3 events/year (in-person)

 

Volunteer Groups

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  • One-time beautification or tree planting event, anytime
  • Great for businesses, corporates, and large organizations or groups

 

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3 hrs (in-person)
 

Community Volunteers

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  • One-time beautification or tree planting event.
  • Great for individuals who want to support by going out in the community
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3 hrs (in-person)
 

Graffiti Removal Volunteer

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  • Travel with our crews to remove graffiti in our community.
  • Each month, KYCC responds to over 1,700 graffiti removal requests and removes over 150,000 sq. ft. of graffiti.
  • Volunteers must be 18+ years old.
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3-4 hrs (in-person)
 

Environmental Services Intern

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  • Environmental Services interns assist in a variety of duties from assisting in our free tree distributions, leading a team of volunteers, supporting our tree planting or beautification events, canvassing, removing graffiti, or helping around the office.
  • Interns must be at least 18 years old.
  • This position is currently full.  Interested candidates may join the waitlist by signing up here.
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At least 12 hrs./week with a three-month minimum commitment (in-person)

 

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PREVENTION EDUCATION

Coalition for Prevention and Awareness in LA Metro (CoPALM)

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  • Attend monthly coalition meetings and participate in CoPALM subcommittees (alcohol, marijuana, and/or prescription drugs).
  • Work alongside coalition members to plan and execute prevention-related events and campaigns.
  • All ages are welcome, but 15+ preferred
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4 hours/month (remote)
 

Macarthur Park Community Initiative (MPCI)

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  • The MacArthur Park Community Initiative (MPCI) is a new community service-based project that promotes community connection, engagement and mobilization to reduce the exposure of marijuana smoke at MacArthur Park.
  • Members will be part of a community council to make MacArthur Park a safer and healthier place for the community. Members are trained in advocacy, leadership, and civic engagement.
  • Youth and adults are welcome

 

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Weekly meetings (hybrid remote/in-person) 
 

MYPARC Summer Youth Leadership Program

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  • The MYPARC Summer Leadership program is a 4-week hybrid internship for current high school students to program family-friendly workshops at MacArthur Park, learn important professional and life skills, and get to know Los Angeles.
  • July 11th – August 5th, Monday – Friday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for a $550 stipend.   Monthly Metro passes are also available for participants.
  • Applications are due by July 6, 2022.
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Weekday meetings (hybrid remote/in-person) 
 

Madres Que Luchan de Hoover

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  • Members are trained using the Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) curriculum, which focuses on personal and family strengthening .
  • Group members are trained in leadership and advocacy and encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens) and childcare are all provided for participants
  • Meetings are conducted in Spanish only
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Meetings are the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. during the school year only (remote)
 

Manos Unidas de John Liechty/Prevention Council

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  • Volunteers are trained on topics such as leadership, community advocacy, event and project planning, and assessment
  • Group members are encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens) and childcare are all provided for participants
  • Meetings are conducted in Spanish only

 

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Meetings are every Friday from 8:00 A.M – 10:00 A.M.  during the school year only (with the exception of 2nd Fridays) (remote)
 

Manos Unidas de K-Town

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  • Volunteers are trained on topics such as leadership, community advocacy, event and project planning, and assessment
  • Group members are encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens), translation (English/Spanish/Korean), and childcare are all provided for participants
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Meetings are every Wednesday from 8:30 A.M – 10:30 A.M.  during the school year only (remote)
 

Mujeres Transformando la Comunidad 

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  • Volunteers are trained on topics such as leadership, community advocacy, understanding community dynamics, and assessment
  • Group members are encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens) and childcare are all provided for participants
  • Meetings are conducted in Spanish only
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Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 3:30 P.M – 5:30 P.M. (remote)  
 

Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YDAPP)

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  • YDAPP is a 10-month high school leadership program that trains youth advocates to raise awareness of substance use among their peers in Koreatown and neighboring communities
  • Youth are trained to lead alcohol and drug-free events, such as community clean-ups, health fairs and educational outreach throughout the year.
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Meetings are every Thursday during the school year from 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. with additional events as needed (in-person)

 

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YOUTH SERVICES After-school Tutor Learn more>>
  • Work one-on-one with youth ages K-12 on academic and enrichment activities
  • Support administrative aspects of the program such as student observations, meal program, setting up activities, etc.
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2 hours weekly minimum. 4-month minimum commitment (in-person)
 

Bridge High School Volunteer Program

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  • Volunteers must be currently enrolled high school students.
  • Work one-on-one with youth ages K-8 on academic and enrichment activities
  • Support administrative aspects of the program such as student observations, meal program, setting up activities, etc.
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Minimum of one two-hour shift per week (in-person)
 

Enrichment Leader

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  • With support of classroom instructor, lead enrichment activities for K-12 youth, including but not limited to computer coding, arts, dance, cooking, etc.
  • Must be at least 18+ years old.

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One workshop per week. Three-month minimum commitment (in-person)

 

Guest Speaker

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  • One or multiple presentations on specialty topics relating to, but not limited to careers, college, life skills, the arts or health.
  • Must be at least 18+ years old.
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Minimum of one event (in-person)
 

Youth Services Intern

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  • Support the administrative, day-to-day, and long-term implementation of Youth Services programs.
  • Duties can include, but are not limited to research, curriculum development, database entry, daily program support and participation in internal and external meetings related to program operations.

 

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Minimum of 10 hours weekly for at least three months

 

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KYCC PARTNER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Neighborhood Safety Companions

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  • Help protect our seniors and other vulnerable community neighbors from racial violence. 
  • Be a presence to deter crime, be a good witnesses, provide education on how to respond to violent incidents and distribute pepper spray, socks and whistles to seniors and others.
  • Walks happen every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. starting at the southwest corner of Kenmore and 6th street in Koreatown.
  • Sign up here and choose “Other” when selecting area of interest and type “NSC” when asked to specify.
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2 hrs./week (in-person) 

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