The Wooten Center appreciates the support of volunteers to assist with our programs. You can serve working with students helping with homework or playing basketball. You can serve in the office typing or answering phone calls. You can be a regular tutor in the afterschool program or a one-time guest mentor at our monthly College Day. There are a variety of activities in the areas of education, recreation, college-prep, performing and visual arts, administration, fundraising, communications and facilities improvement. See current volunteer opportunities below.


How to Apply: 

Submit the application below. Our associate director will contact you to schedule a phone interview to discuss your interests and our opportunities and procedures, including an in-person interview and background check provided by the center. Students may be eligible to receive credit or service hours. Check with your school. All volunteers must complete the pre-orientation above for an overview of our programs and review of our volunteer policies and procedures.


Thank you for your interest in partnering with us to support our students in achieving their goals.


For more information, contact our associate director at (323) 756-7203, x23 or send message below.


Note: All volunteers are subject to a background check provided by the center.  Convictions for child abuse or neglect or other violence and current probation or parole for an offense related to substance abuse are not acceptable.  



Pepperdine students playing "College Jeopardy" on College and Career Day


Wooten parents serving food at our Wooten Family Thanksgiving Dinner


Current Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Help students complete homework. Teach and guide while they do the work.

  • Assist students completing their online tutoring in reading and math. 

  • Read a book with a student with challenges. Help them sound out words and look up definitions.

  • Play basketball, jump rope, board and video games, etc. with the kids. Be a big sister or brother!

  • Help staff prepare and serve snacks.

  • Help students maintain our fruit and vegetable gardens--watering, planting, cultivating and cooking.

  • Help office staff make copies and phone calls, update bulletin boards, etc.

  • Be a mentor for our youth council and teen discussion group meetings. Tell your story. Listen to theirs.

  • Help staff set up and distribute gifts at our monthly Wooten Dollar Store Day--students cashing in Wooten Dollars earned for good performance and participation.

  • Help staff write press releases, proposals, articles, letters, etc. for communications and fundraising.

  • Help staff plan and coordinate events at the center and offsite.

  • Design flyers, e-newsletters, invitations, and other materials.

  • Help maintain, repair and upgrade equipment and facilities, as needed.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union planting drought-tolerant plants for King Day of Service


Wooten board chair Paul Wetmore teaching kids about investments on College and Career Day


Paramount volunteers helping to paint and beautify the Wooten Center

UCLA students conducting a college advisement workshop on UCLA Volunteer Day


Wooten Parent Helper chaperoning field trip for AEG’s Season of Giving


Loyola Marymount University volunteer helping with homework and studies


Richard and Mary Talley Volunteer Appreciation and Family Day at Golf N Stuff in Norwalk


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Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center
9106 S. Western Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90047

(323) 756-7203

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© Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center​

formerly Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center

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Wooten Center their Platinum Seal of Transparency, their highest honor for agencies sharing information on their finances and services​.


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