Volunteer Opportunities

Project Youth OCBF often needs volunteers in the following areas:

Social Work Students

Social work internship opportunities are available for MSW and BSW students who are currently in a social work program. For several years, Project Youth 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.

Undergraduate Students

Project Youth 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 Nazly Restrepo at nrestrepo@pyocbf.org.

Orange County Based Professionals

Project Youth 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.

Educational Role Models

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.