Project Youth OC often needs volunteers in the following areas:


Social work internship opportunities are available for MSW and BSW students who are currently in a social work program. For several years, Project Youth OC has partnered with the USC, CSULB, and CSUF social work programs to offer students field work experience. If you are interested, please contact the Field Liaison at your school. For any other questions, please contact Nazly Restrepo, Associate Director, at nrestrepo@pyocbf.org.


Project Youth OC provides internship experience for undergraduate students who require Field Study hours to receive academic credit. We have partnered with UCI to offer field education to students in our SHORTSTOP and Higher Education Mentoring programs. In addition, volunteer opportunities are available in our SHORTSTOP, STOP SHORT of Addiction, and Higher Education Mentoring programs. For further information, please contact Manny Gutierrez at mgutierrez@pyocbf.org. Get the application form here.


Project Youth OC uses community volunteers in our juvenile diversion programs. Community volunteers allow SHORTSTOP youth to interview them about their job/career, interests, hobbies, etc. This fulfills one of their mandatory SHORTSTOP homework assignments. If you are interested in becoming a community volunteer please read our community volunteer fact sheet and complete and return our community volunteer application to Manny Gutierrez at mgutierrez@pyocbf.org. Get the fact sheet and application form here.

Community Partnership


The Higher Education Mentoring Program needs volunteers to mentor high school juniors and seniors preparing to enter college. Mentors serve as role models, provide individual and group mentoring services and assist mentees in college preparation. Mentors are recent college graduates or are currently attending college with two years completed. Bilingual/bicultural mentors are in high need. Must be able to commit to 18 months of mentoring at 4 hours per month. If interested in learning more on being a Higher Education Mentoring Program mentor, contact Alejandra Diaz at adiaz@pyocbf.org.


Project Youth OC’s Ambassadors are past participants who support the agency’s programs in empowering youth to make positive choices. The program offers an opportunity for past participants to become dedicated spokespersons for the agency by sharing their personal stories. These success stories will help current and prospective donors learn about the life-changing impacts of our programs.

The following are the program highlights:

  • Welcome Kit: every member will receive a certificate and an official Project Youth OC Ambassador Name tag.
  • Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities: participate in variety of activities that include speaking opportunities and community outreach.
  • Speaker Training: practice and refine your personal story of support for PY OC in small group settings. Plus, build confidence and develop the leadership skills needed when spreading the PY OC mission.
  • Ambassadors Celebration: celebrate the hard work and compassion of all Ambassadors with a year-end party.

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For more information, contact:
Nazly Restrepo at 714-480-1925 ext. 102 nrestrepo@pyocbf.org
Martha Madrid at 714-480-1925 ext. 107 mmadrid@pyocbf.og