How You Can Help
All Wooten Center academic and personal enrichment activities have been online since March 2020 due to the pandemic. We need your help to meet the educational needs of students impacted by the school closures. Volunteers are particularly needed for one-on-one private tutoring online in math and English language arts for students in grades 3-12.
We also welcome volunteers to help with administration, particularly Zoom and Wix scheduling, to help monitor and assist teachers with Zoom sessions, to serve as guest mentors for College and Career Day, to provide research and writing for grant proposals, to coordinate activities and events, teach classes, and more. We are open to your suggestions as well!
Volunteers can serve once, occasionally or on an ongoing basis. Volunteers are very important for helping us provide quality programming, individualized attention, and a world of opportunities and experiences.
How to Apply
Click here to submit our volunteer application
Background Authorization Form:
Volunteers who will serve with children on an
ongoing basis, click here to download the
background authorization form to be
uploaded with your application.
Book Interview and Orientation:
After submitting the application, please click here
to book our volunteer interview and orientation.
Our onboarding consists of three steps: Interview, Orientation and Checks (background, child abuse, reference). The background check to be conducted by the center at no cost is for volunteers who will be interacting with students on an ongoing basis. Click on the buttons for a preview of the orientations.
Tutors will also complete a brief teaching demonstration and tutor training as part of the interview and orientation to be held on Zoom. All interviews are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-1:30pm for up to 30 minutes. We will guide tutors the last 10-15 minutes in the completion of a brief aptitude test and teaching demonstration. The orientation is held on Thursdays, 11am-12:30pm and 4-5:30pm. The last 30 minutes are for the tutor training only.
Click on the button above for a checklist of the steps to becoming a volunteer at our youth center. The process takes about two weeks for ongoing volunteers. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for our students.
Private Tutors Wanted
Volunteers are wanted to tutor at least one student per week for 45 minutes per session in math or English language arts. Volunteers help students in grades 3-12 complete their online i-Ready diagnostics in the two subjects and the online lessons based on their results.
Tutors also help students with homework and can request to work with elementary, middle or high school students, or all.
See the video above featuring Wooten education director Christiane Townsend providing an overview of the i-Ready lessons to be used in the tutoring sessions.
For more information, call (323) 756-7203 or complete our volunteer application if you're ready to get started! Tu!
Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer at our youth center. Here's a partial list of agencies and businesses providing volunteers for our youth and center. Thank you everyone!
Archdiocesan Youth Employment Agency
Hire LA's Youth
Holman CDC Jobs for Kids
Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Los Angeles Community College Human Services Dept.
Loyola Marymount University Community-based Learning
Pepperdine University Seaver College
UCLA Volunteer Center
USC School of Social Work and School of Education
For more information or follow-ups, contact our associate director at (323) 756-7203.
Students taking their i-Ready assessments at the center
"Loyola Marymount University students find meaningful ways to support the people and programs of the Wooten Center. Community-based learners earn academic credit and service organization members complete service hours. These experiences illustrate compatibility between LMU's mission to educate the whole person and develop deeper understanding among students about how to achieve
significant local and global impact."
Lezlee Matthews, Ph.D., Director, Community-Based Learning, Center for Service and Action, Loyola