Los Angeles, California

Thank you for considering Los Angeles as a potential site in your quest for placement as a volunteer. Los Angeles has many opportunities to place you in a field of choice. Our members serve in schools, a community and immigration center that serve 1000's of people each year. Los Angeles is also a fantastic place to live. People here share the dream of opportunity and adventure in a climate of year-long outdoor living, especially remarkable for its winters with lots of sunshine. The region has a unique combination of ocean, beaches, desert and mountains. Not only can you find the world's best Mexican food but also some of the finest dining in the country.


Site Director: Roger Briceno
Phone: 323-753-3210
E-mail: losangeles@ndmva.org


St. Sebastian School

St. Sebastian School is a Catholic, academic community serving Preschool-8 children of diverse socio-economic, cultural, and racial backgrounds. St. Sebastian School is committed to forming morally aware young men and women well-prepared for high school, the university, and beyond through our rigorous academic, technology-oriented program. As a small community of faith, St. Sebastian School collaborates with families to nurture student development in mind, body, and spirit.

During school hours, the NDA members serve as teachers' aides at this Catholic K-8 school. Duties include monitoring the children, helping with school work and correcting homework, administering make-up exams, preparing various class and homework assignments. There is room for member to help instruct in any area one is passionate or excels at.

For more information, visit: www.saintsebastianschool.com


St. Agnes School

St. Agnes is a Catholic school located in south Los Angeles just blocks away from the University of Southern California (USC). The school serves students in grades K-8, many of whom are from immigrant families whom live near or below the economic poverty line. The NDA member serves primarily in one elementary classroom and duties include one-on-one and small group support to children who need academic assistance while also helping enforcing the rules of the classroom keeping students on task. The member also serves as Art Instructor to students grades 4th-8th using mixed media and the ability to add to current curriculum.


St. Mary Elementary School

The mission of St. Mary Elementary School is to educate youth in East Los Angeles and surrounding areas in a holistic manner . It strives to create a school with a family spirit, emphasizing Reason, Religion, and Loving-Kindness in a positive atmosphere of discipline, friendliness, and cheerfulness. Serving it's community for over 60 years, St. Mary provides a safe escape for many of the local children.

Responsibilities within the classroom vary depending upon the teacher's particular needs, but can include academic assistance, testing, grading, small-group instruction, helping students with projects and classroom work. Outside of classroom duties include providing lunch and playground supervision and coordinating the after school program.

For more information, visit: www.stmaryschool-losangeles.org


St. Columbkille School

St. Columbkille is a Catholic school located in south Los Angeles. The school serves students in grades K-8, many of whom are from immigrant families and have limited English ability. An NDA member will serve as classroom aide in primary grades. Responsibilities within the classroom vary depending upon the teacher's particular needs, but can include tutoring, testing, grading, small-group instruction, helping students with projects and classroom work, and assisting with tracking for progress reports.

Other duties can include assisting in the computer lab, providing lunch and playground supervision, and after school tutoring in St Julie's Learning Center.   The member can also take on extracurricular activities such as coaching, assisting in a school play, helping create a school newsletter, or other opportunities as fit the skills of the member.

For more information, visit: www.columbkille.org


Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries offers 45 different groups/classes a week. Some of these classes provide academic opportunities leading to high school diplomas, high school equivalency test preparation/completion, college readiness, technical certifications and vocational skills. Life skills and other mental health groups/classes are also offered as part of an overall commitment to healing, transformation and self sufficiency. These selected classes range from “Stretch Your Money” to “Baby and Me.” More than 400 trainees and community clients participate in these groups/classes offered through the Education and Curriculum Department at Homeboy Industries every month.


CARECEN (Central American Resource Center)

The Central American Resource Center was founded by a group of Salvadoran refugees whose mission was to secure legal status for the thousands of Central Americans fleeing civil war, CARECEN received 501C(3) status in 1983. Over the past 25 years, CARECEN has transformed itself from a small grassroots group to the largest Central American organization in the country. Its clients have similarly changed from refugees fleeing war, to families who have put down roots in the U.S. and are building vibrant lives for themselves and their children.

The Immigration Services Paralegal (ISP) works under the supervision of the Legal Director and Legal Services Coordinator. The ISP is responsible for providing paralegal assistance to Legal Department clients in immigration matters including naturalization applications, adjustment of status and asylum. The ISP educates applicants on the naturalization process, screens applicants to determine their eligibility, provides brief legal services such as work permit and permanent resident card renewals; FBI fingerprints; Freedom of Information Act Requests; and document translation, prepares cases for submission, and troubleshoots client problems as they go through the process.

For more information, visit: www.carecen-la.org


St. Margaret's Center (Lennox, CA)

St. Margarets's is a Catholic Charities community center that serves the airport area of Los Angeles. The center provides a comprehensive range of emergency and supportive services to individuals and families who live at or below the federal poverty level. The Center's goal is to provide relief, dignity, and support. The Center does this by providing emergency food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, and household supplies. The Center also assists individuals through case management and skills development to become more self-sufficient and to achieve economic security.

The NDA member works alongside staff providing services including greeting and intaking clients at the front desk, assisting clients over the phone, helping clients fill out documents, finding work for people seeking work, assisting in a literacy tutoring program, & organizing/ supervising the organization of the center's food pantry.


To learn more about other service opportunities in California, check out San Francisco , Watsonville, and San Diego.


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