Teen Volunteer Program

Whether you’re looking for service hours, building your resume for college, or would simply like to volunteer with friends, the Art Center’s Teen Volunteer Program has a variety of volunteer opportunities for you!

Current Opportunities Include
  • Administrative Projects
  • Family Day Volunteers
  • Community Outreach Art Activity Volunteers
  • Behind-the-Scenes Art Prep
  • Summer Camp Counselors-in-Training
  • Art Center Teen Leadership Group
Volunteer at Family Day

Art Center Teen Leadership 
Looking for an art-focused leadership opportunity next school year? We are looking for high-school aged teens to join our group of youth, Art Center Teen (ACT) Leadership. ACT Leadership assists in producing programming that connects teenagers to art and artists. Help us plan our next teen only event, make and exhibit art, learn about art careers, gain leadership skills, make friends from different schools, and earn service hours along the way. ACT Leadership is a year-long commitment that meets twice a month. Please contact Grace Pegan Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at grace.abusharkh@cityofpaloalto.org with questions or for application instructions.

Teen Counselor-in-Training Program
Summer Camp Counselors in Training (CIT) are volunteers (12-17 years old) who assist professional art instructors in the day-to-day running of the Children’s Fine Art summer camps. CITs offer support through classroom management, encouraging campers, prepping art supplies and more. This is a great way to earn service hours, develop and strengthen leadership skills, and have fun in a creative environment. CITs volunteer for one full week of camp from 8:45-11:30 a.m. or 12:15-3 p.m. 

The Lead Counselor in Training (LCIT) program builds on your experience as an Art Center CIT and provides opportunities for you to help with CIT training, enjoy mentorship from college Children’s Fine Art (CFA) interns, manage camper recreation, and take responsibility as the LCIT for one week of camps, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. LCIT applicants must have volunteered as an Art Center CIT in the past. 

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the summer 2020 Counselor-in-Training program has been cancelled. We look forward to working with CITs in summer 2021. 

To join our teen volunteer email list and receive news of upcoming teen volunteer opportunities please email grace.abusharkh@cityofpaloalto.org

Special Projects Welcome
We are pleased to support with teens working on special service projects, such as Girl Scout Gold Awards, Eagle Scout Awards, and other extensive service projects.