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Heart of Los Angeles wouldn’t be what it is today without the strength and generosity of our volunteers. Every year more than six hundred people like you donate their time and talents to the youth of the Rampart District. Volunteer and internship opportunities range anywhere from special event assistance to long-term youth mentoring. We are accepting applications for volunteers for our Winter session. The session begins Monday, January 12th and runs through Friday, March 27th. Click on the link below to view the opportunities and if you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch soon. We look forward to welcoming you into the HOLA family!

HOLA has been certified by California Volunteers as a Service Enterprise, a nonprofit that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization. California Volunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Californians engaged in service and volunteering.

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For additional information, please contact Evelyn Benitez, Volunteer Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA Member, at (213) 389-1148, ext 247 or by email at ebenitez@heartofla.org.

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    Evelyn Benitez AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Volunteer Coordinator
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148
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    Mental Health Ally

    Social work intern Illiana Villarreal is excited to be working with HOLA students on deeper issues. With a background in education and as a former teacher, Illiana wasn’t able to be as involved with her students due to school policies. She faced many roadblocks in the school setting, only being able to help students with academics and not deeper emotional issues. Because of these reasons, Illiana decided to get into social work. At HOLA, she gets to help students feel empowered and help them learn […]

    Passionate Mentor

    Yusuf Bautista has been tutoring HOLA students twice a week through Bard College’s Masters of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT). As an MAT mentor, Yusuf is paired with three students from the PAT High School Program and not only helps them with academics, but also mentors them and helps them with goal setting. Yusuf thinks it’s very important to connect with students on a personal level about shared interests in order to build a trusting relationship. He loves talking to students about music, one of […]

    Dynamic Musical Mentor

    MAT student Jennifer Johnson has been working with YOLA at HOLA music students for the past few months, providing guidance and musical training. Jennifer joins HOLA through the Longy School of Music of Bard College Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. Through the program, MAT students observe teaching practices and work hands-on with YOLA at HOLA music students. Jennifer loves working with the kids, saying “they are so bright and pure.” She feels like she is able to learn more from them every day. […]

    World Traveler Lands in LA

    Heart of Los Angeles was very lucky this summer that we turned up in Noaf Al-Shanbary’s google search. Noaf has lived and worked all over the world and after finishing her Master’s in Counseling at Webster University in Geneva, she decided she wanted to spend some time in LA this summer and work with kids. Noaf spent 10-15 hours each week during our summer programming counseling a number of HOLA youth. She found the experience to be very rewarding and made deep connections with the […]


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