So you want to be a PALS volunteer? We are so glad and can use your willing hands!
There are some things you need to know:
- You must fill out an application, be fingerprinted and go through a background check
- You must be interviewed
- You must attend a volunteer orientation
- You must love working with kids and other volunteers
How can you help? PALS Volunteers help in the following areas:
Tutoring Assistant – A PALS tutor helps students ages 7-17 with their homework after school. The tutoring program is designed to help students accomplish their homework, study for tests, develop a love for learning and improve their academic performance.
Playground Monitor – A PALS playground monitor supervises the kids during outside playtime.
Arts and Crafts Teacher/Assistant – A PALS arts and crafts teacher assists kids during arts and crafts time. They can help plan and teach lessons or serve as assistants to the officer leading the class. This may include, but is not limited to, crafts, drawing, painting, cartooning, coloring, quilting, scrapbooking, and sculpting.
Coach – A PALS coach or physical education assistant helps to coordinate or lead the physical education programs at the center. This may include, but is not limited to, Tae Kwon Do, soccer, basketball, fitness training, and drill team.
Computer Monitor – A PALS computer monitor assists kids as they work on the computer. The computer lab at the center is designed to help students learn basic computer applications, conduct research, practice typing, play computer games and increase computer abilities.
Fine Arts Assistant/Teacher – A PALS Fine Arts Assistant/Teacher helps to coordinate or lead the fine arts programs at the center. This may include, but is not limited to, dance, drama, song writing, music appreciation, music lessons, and concerts.
Literacy Coach – A PALS literacy coach helps students develop in the area of reading. A literacy coach helps by reading to students and listening to students read out loud. This may be accomplished one on one or in a group.
Event Assistance – A PALS event assistant helps with PALS events. This may include, but is not limited to, helping with invitation mailings, event set up, event planning, decorating, serving and event clean up.
Office Assistance – A PALS office assistant is willing to help with general office work as needed. This may include, but is not limited to, data entry, answering phones, mailings, and covering the front desk.
Facility Assistance – A PALS facility assistant helps with projects around the center. This may include, but is not limited to, light maintenance, gardening projects, janitorial services, and small repairs.
PALS is a highly energetic group that works to support over 1,000 children who participate in our programs at the Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center. The PALS Board of Directors is comprised of a maximum of 25 members. Each November we elect for the following calendar year. Board members are expected to participate in the organization. Participation comes in many ways: committee work, event volunteerism, fundraising, and more. For more information about becoming a Board Member, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.