Be a Youth Mentor

Thank you for your interest in being a Youth Mentor for summer 2019! As a Youth Mentor, your job will be to build relationships with the students at our Childhood Development Centers in Oakland, CA. Each session is two hours long with the following schedule:

  • 15 minute pre-meeting/training
  • 45 minute reading/literacy activities
  • 15 minute break and debrief
  • 45 minute outdoor play


  • Be a current 6th-11th grader (entering 7th-12th grade Fall 2019)
  • Attend a training date before you begin volunteering (see dates below)
  • Volunteer for at least three weeks
  • Volunteer for at least four hours per week (two hours twice a week)

We welcome and encourage volunteers who can commit to more weeks and/or times!

Program Details:

  • Dates:¬†June 10-August 2, 2019
  • Locations:
    Highland CDC: 1322 86th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
    Laurel CDC: 3825 California St, Oakland, CA 94619
    United Nation CDC: 1025 4th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606
  • Schedule:
    Highland CDC: Tues/Thurs 9am-11am
    Laurel CDC: Wed/Fri 9am-11am and 2:30pm-4:30pm
    United Nation CDC: Mon 9am-11am; Tues/Thurs 2:30pm-4:30pm
    Community Reading Buddies schedule
  • Upcoming Training Dates:
    Monday, July 1, 2019 1:00pm-2:30pm, 1721 Broadway, Oakland
    Monday, July 15, 2019 2:00pm-3:30pm, 1721 Broadway, Oakland


  1. Please select the dates and times you are available, taking note of the time and location.
  2. Following your selection, fill out the application fields with your information. After submission you will be sent a confirmation e-mail with the schedule information you submitted, and our team will e-mail or call you with more details.
  3. If you have already signed up and want to add or change your shifts, navigate to the "Review Your Profile" page sent in your confirmation e-mail. You can cancel shifts by clicking on the "cancel this shift" link, and you can add shifts by clicking on the "open the event" link in the top righthand corner to see the available shifts.
  4. Fill out and send us (via e-mail or snail mail) our Parent Permission Form.
  5. Please contact us if you have any questions!