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How You Can Help

The Wooten Center returned to our youth center in June 2021 for the start of our new hybrid summer and afterschool programs. We will be continuing our virtual private tutoring to help mitigate learning losses due to the pandemic. 

Volunteers are needed to serve as private tutors and in other areas including administration and technology. Volunteers can serve weekly or once or occasionally in opportunities such as guest mentors for our monthly College and Career Day.

Volunteers are very important for helping us provide quality programming, personalized instruction, and a world of opportunities for students in grades 3-12 in the South Los Angeles area.

How to Apply


Click here to submit our volunteer application

Background Authorization Form:

Volunteers who will serve with children on an ongoing basis as tutors or other, 
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.

What's Next?​

Click on the button above for a checklist of the steps to becoming a volunteer at the Wooten Center. Our volunteer 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 tutors and other volunteers who will be interacting with students on an ongoing basis. Click on the buttons above for a preview of the orientations.

Tutors will complete a brief teaching demonstration and training as part of the interview and orientation. Onboarding for tutors takes about two or more weeks 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

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 and interns for our youth and center. Thank you everyone!

Archdiocesan Youth Employment Agency

Azusa Pacific University

Brotherhood Crusade

Hire LA's Youth

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Los Angeles Community College Human Services Dept.

Loyola Marymount University Community-based Learning

Merrill Lynch

Pepperdine University Seaver College

St. John's University

UCLA Volunteer Center

USC School of Social Work and School of Education

YO! Watts


For more information or follow-ups, contact our associate director at 323-756-7203.

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Students taking their i-Ready assessments at the center

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"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

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