The Wooten Center needs and appreciates the support of volunteers to assist with our programs. There are a variety of ways you can help in the areas of education, recreation, college and career readiness, performing and visual arts, administration, fundraising, communications, facilities improvement, and more.

Wooten Center volunteers help with homework and play basketball with students. You can serve in our office typing or answering phone calls. You can be a tutor or guest mentor at our College and Career Day. Volunteers can serve once, occasionally or on an ongoing basis.

How to Apply: 


Click here for our volunteer application.

College interns must submit a volunteer application as well. Teen Helper interns do not need to submit a volunteer application. Please submit our afterschool or summer registration forms instead. High school and college students may be eligible to receive service hours or class credit. Check with your school.

Background checks provided by the center are required for all ongoing adult volunteers. People with convictions for child abuse or neglect or other violence, and people currently or recently on probation or parole for substance abuse or similar offenses cannot serve as ongoing volunteers with Wooten students. 

After receiving your application, our associate director will contact you to schedule a phone interview to discuss your interests and our opportunities and procedures. She will invite you to the center for a tour. Click on pre-orientation below for an overview of our programs and review of our policies and procedures.

Thank you

Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer at our youth center. For more information or to follow up with your application, contact our associate director at (323) 756-7203.

Here's a partial list of agencies currently providing interns as volunteers at the center:

Archdiocesan Youth Employment Agency

Brotherhood Crusade

Hire LA's Youth

Holman CDC Jobs for Kids

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

YO Watts!

"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