• Community Service

    Although Oak Park High School does not have a graduation requirement in these areas, it is important that all of our students pursue both community service and leadership opportunities. Not only will these activities help them become better citizens and leaders of tomorrow - but colleges and universities place a high value on these things when evaluating students for admission.  It's always a good place to start by joining one of our own OPHS
    Campus Clubs to pursue both community service and leadership opportunities. We have also posted several external programs below that will provide excellent experiences as well.
    For more information or other ideas for getting involved in community service/volunteering projects, please contact Mrs. Friedman at pfriedman@opusd.org.
    Assistance League of Conejo Valley:  ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Conejo Valley is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers who identify, develop, implement, and fund ongoing philanthropic projects to improve the lives of children and adults in our community. For more information on volunteer service projects go to their website and click on the "philanthropy" link.  http://www.alconejovalley.org/

    City of Thousand Oaks: One perk of not going "away" to college is the opportunity to intern at the City of Thousand Oaks and get paid up to $15/hr.  This is a great opportunity for a local Moorpark, CLU or Cal State Channel Island student to get great experience and earn great money. For more information go to: http://www.toaks.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=23672 

    Community Service Days in Agoura Hills:  Community Service Days was a vision of Mayor William Koehler in 2014, and is a program developed with the goal of Encouraging Civic Engagement, Fostering a Sense of Community, and Enhancing Current City Beautification Efforts to continue to improve the Agoura Hills community as a whole. For more information go to:
    Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro: These programs are run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide. They are 1-week summer day camps open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine. For more information go to: http://www.campcardiac.org/los-angeles.html
    Conejo Valley Botanic Garden: The Garden needs volunteers to assist with planting, maintenance, and irrigation. They are also looking for volunteers to lead walks through the Kids' Adventure Garden. For more information call 805-494-7630
    Connected Camps
    We run virtual summer camps where kids code, do engineering projects, and so much more. We have programs catered towards schools along with tech mentoring programs for kids to do while at home. In addition, we run a Minecraft server just for kids. 
    • Meet other students just like you who are into tech, coding, gaming, Minecraft, and more.
    • Lead small teams of elementary and middle school students in virtual summer camps. Join us from anywhere you have internet access.
    • Learn from our awesome lead counselors, college students in tech and STEM programs.
    • Get volunteer hours and train for a paid position.
    For more information go to:  http://bit.ly/MCVolunteerApp or their website at: 
    Discovery Center Teens -Thousand Oaks: For teens (grades 8-12) who enjoy helping younger kids, need community service credit, want to meet teens from other schools and want to be part of a real team! The Discovery Center Teens is an educational service club for teenagers wanting to make a difference in their community by supporting the work of The Discovery Center for Science and Technology. We create activities and programs that make science and technology fun for everyone! For more information phone:818-879-2021 or email: volunteers@discoverycntr.org or website:  www.discoverycntr.org/ 
    Camp Keystone Volunteer Junior Counselors


    • Contact: call Elyse at (818) 990-2224
    • Requirement: looking for enthusiastic and energetic counselors who love working with kids. At least 15 years of age.
    • Description: working outdoors in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains with plenty of sunshine, waterslides, 3 zip lines, and the largest ropes course of any camp in California.
    Fire Internship Program
    • Contact: David Updike       Phone: (310) 985-523
    • Description: Fire Management officer for the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority FIRE division
    Friends of the Oak Park Library
    • Contact: Cindy Hain- Cindykhain@yahoo.com
    • Description: See Cindy Hain
    • Requirements: To be determined 

    Kids Connection, Affiliated with the Hospice of the Conejo

    • Contact: 805 495 214
    • Description: Work with terminally ill patients and their families, providing support, information and guidance. Fundraising, office work, and event volunteering.
    Landmark Volunteers 
    • Contact: 800 955 1178
    • Description: Provides one-week spring+  two-week summer programs.
    Medical Interns - Westminster Free Clinic – 1000 E. Janss Road
    Contact:  Veronika Ramirez, Teen Coordinator. (805) 368-6365, email: veeramirez@yahoo.com  Description: Teens will receive training in all aspects of the medical field.  They are taught to perform patient intake, vitals, presentation of the patient to the doctor, are in with the patient while examined and follow through with referrals for lab tests, etc. and medication oat our clinic pharmacy.  In addition to clinic night, the students have medical professionals who speak to the students at the end of clinic (when possible) on different health related topics.  The majority of our clients are Hispanic and speak little English.  We are also in need of students who are fluent in Spanish and can translate.  The clinic cannot function without our student translator. Requirements: Hours:  5 – 10:30 pm, Wednesday, every other week – Year round, 2 year minimum commitment. Would prefer students who are not overcommitted!  If they have 3 unexcused absences they are fired from the internship.  At least 15 years of age.  Interview Deadline May 24th, 2008
    National Missing Children’s Locate Center
    • Contact: 818 301 7528
    • Description: Call to see if they need volunteer
    Peace Thru Music
    • Contact: 805 647 6707
    • Description: Looking for volunteers and music mentors to assist us on our journey to help educate kids through music.

    Ranch Simi Recreation and Park District

    Contact: Jeannie Liss (805) 584-4453Volunteers@rsrpd.us - www.rsrpd.org/recreation/volunteers.php  Description: volunteer in Simi Valley and Oak Park for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. Special events: Halloween carnival, Arts  & Crafts fairs, Concert and Movies in the Park, Street Fair, Easter Egg Hunt, Snowfest, Kids Festival and Veterans Day, Cass Assistant: Soccer, golf, cooking, dance, acting, tennis, T-ball, gymnastics, crafts, basketball, Spanish, cheerleading, and more. Camps and Clubs: After-school programs for kids, Teen Clubs and day camps during school breaks. Group projects, Special Olympics, or working in the office doing typing, filing, packet collating and more.
    Summer Reading Program At Oak Park Library
    • Contact: go to Oak Park library for more information.
    • Requirement: the ability to work well with young children. At least 12 years old.
    • Description: read to young kids, donate at least 2 hours/week (minimum). Flexible schedules.
    • Application: go to the library in person and fill out an application signed by your parents.

    Teen Court Calabasas City Hall 

    • Contact: 818 880 6461 or  818 451 8880
    • Description: Every 3rd Thursday serve on a panel of your peers.

    Theatricum Botanicum Youth , Drama Camp 

    • Contact: Mary-Carol Riehs 310 455 2333 or 818 222 6289
    • Description: Outdoor theater seeking inters for summer youth drama camp, marketing. Administration, box office, groundskeeper
    Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center: The center has opportunities as ushers, tour guides, and office work. For more information call 805-449-2741
    United in Harmony 
    • Contact: Phone 310 273 4775 <s, style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt" pan="">Fax 310 275 5786
    • Description: Program for homeless and impoverished children. High school students will be counselors
    Ventura County Homeless Assistance: The Ventura County Human Services Agency's Homeless Services provides county-wide information and referral services to homeless and marginally-housed families and individuals. The program works in collaboration with a wide range of public and private agencies. For more information go to: http://portal.countyofventura.org/portal/page/portal/VCHSA/HomelessServices
    Wellness Community
    • Contact: Liz Gregory (805) 379 4777
    • Description: marathons/ half-marathons to raise money for cancer. Be a volunteer to work or to race. 

    Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County: The Job & Career Centers are a direct link to resources that help adult and youth job seekers choose and pursue careers. Services are available at no cost and include:Use of computers, printers and fax machines.

    ·         Help with resumes and interviewing

    ·         Job listings and employer information

    ·         Information on careers and growing occupations

    ·         On-the-job training and skill certifications

    ·         Workshops

    For more information go to: www.vcjobswithafuture.org
    Youth Usher Program
    • Contact: (818) 449-2741
    • Requirements: At least 14 years or older and in grades 9-12.  Must be a member of The Friends of The Civic Arts Plaza.  Volunteers must usher a minimum of two events a month to stay on the active Usher list.
    • Description: Become an Usher for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  Provide theatergoers guidance and assistance to their seats, be a polished, trained, positive, and gracious ambassador for the Civic Arts Plaza. 
    YMCA Together, the nation's 2,594 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organization in America, working to meet the health and human service needs of 20.1 million men, women, and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. YMCAs are at the heart of community life across the country: 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA.

    click here To access the YMCA's national website click here: http://www.ymca.net/ 

    click here To access the local Southeast Ventura County branch of the YMCA click here: www.sevymca.org/
    click here To access the local Simi Valley branch of the YMCA click here: www.simiymca.org/ 
    Youth and Government California YMCA Youth & Government Program:The California YMCA Model Legislature & Court is a statewide youth educational program involving 90+ YMCAs and more than 2,200 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, in a six month “hands on” experience. Since its inception 57 years ago, the program has used a variety of activities to build, encourage, and strengthen those life assets and character traits that will help high school youth become involved, responsible adults who are decent and respected citizens. The tools used are high quality experiential and educational simulations based upon California 's State government. The program is very comprehensive, and its impact  on the youth participants is dramatic. The core of this highly regarded program is exemplified in the program's motto, “Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation”. To access the state Youth & Government website click here: http://www.calymca.org/
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    Americorps AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with more than 2,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, more than 400,000 men and women have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation through their AmeriCorps service. meriCorps opens the door for citizens to serve in a variety of ways. Through their service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities throughout America. For more information go to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
    JustServe  JustServe matches faith, nonprofit, community and governmental organizations that need volunteers with volunteers willing to help. JustServe.org links you to service opportunities in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however you want to serve. For more information go to: https://www.justserve.org/ 
    Service Nation ServiceNation is a non-partisan campaign to expand citizen service opportunities, solve problems through service, and make service a core ideal in our democracy. Get out there and volunteer! Whether it's a year of service or a few hours on weekends, we'll help you connect with volunteer opportunities in your community that suit your interests, experience, and availability. Get started by entering your zip code (and a service category if you like) to the volunteer search engine below. For more information go to: http://www.servicenation.org/

    USA Service.org USAService.org:  President Obama believes that we, as Americans, have a responsibility to help our communities and fellow citizens. In summoning a new spirit of service, he is calling on us to make an enduring commitment to our neighborhoods. Sign up today and let's renew America together. This website is designed to help promote these events and for Americans to make their commitments, build communities, find opportunities to serve and share their results. These can be events that engage people in direct service, or bring people together to reflect on Dr. King's legacy and how they can commit to becoming more engaged citizens. Please create an event or sign up to volunteer today. To register go to: www.usaservice.org
    • Academy of Business Leadership: Seven week program for 7th –12th graders from low opportunity backgrounds and marginal grade point averages at UCLA, SMC, Cal Poly Pomona, USC; all expenses paid, some are residential two-week programs; learn all about business;  http://www.aoabl.org/
    • Action Without Borders – Over 33,000 nonprofit organizations around the world list their volunteer opportunities and internships with Action Without Borders; listings at http://www.idealist.org/ 
    • Amigos de las Amercas: For more than four decades, Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) has facilitated transformational community service involving more than 20,000 youth Volunteers and thousands of communities in Latin America. Through our programs, high school and college-aged Volunteers jump in with head, heart, and hands t, o contribute to health, education, and environmental service projects. www.amigoslink.org/
    • Boys’ State – for entering 12th graders; one week youth citizenship program held in late June, sponsored by The American Legion; study local, county and state governments by setting and running own city, county and state governments; must be nominated by MHS; http://www.calegion.org/
    • Brown Pre-College Summer Program & Leadership Institute: An intensive Ivy League experience for both high school and middle school age students. For more information go to: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Summer_Studies  
    • California State Board of Education– Student Member:  For entering seniors; be a full voting member of the State Board of Education for one year; should attend all meeting of the state board usually held in Sacramento; more info:  (916)-319-0827
    • California State PTA – Student Board Representative: For students between 15-21 years of age; must be able to attend state PTA board meetings held 5 times a year as well annual convention; students reps reimbursed for board meeting travel expenses and given per diem allowance; http://www.capta.org/
    • Camp Children’s Hospital– 5 day program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; explore careers in nursing, respiratory care, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.; observe operations, participate in mock emergencies, get CPR certification, etc.; (323) 660-2450 X2947
    • Camp Harmony: The mission of Camp Harmony is to provide homeless children with a fun, safe, nurturing and inspirational overnight camping experience created by positive teenage and adult role modes.  High School volunteers share all aspects of the camping experience and serve as one-on-one mentors to the children. The counselors pay a fee and experience a hands-on community service project. Student Counselors provide friendship and are positive role models for children in all United in Harmony programs. For more information go to: http://unitedinharmony.org/camp-harmony/
    • Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project: For 10th and 11th grade students; one week during summer in Sacramento, free including airfare; all races welcome to apply; learn about state government;http://www.clylp.org 
    • City Year Los Angeles brings together young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. United in their desire to serve, these young leaders invest their talents and energy to solve critical problems in their communities, engage volunteers, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. As a City Year corps member, you will immerse yourself in a year of service at one of 17 site locations across the United States. You will learn and you will lead. You will be challenged and inspired. You will make a difference. For more information go to: http://www.cityyear.org/losangeles.aspx
    • Duke University Leadership Institute:  2 week residential program for entering 10th, 11th 12th graders;  http://www.tip.duke.edu/
    • Gene Black Summer Medical Career Program: 4 week program held in one of 14 participating hospitals where students shadow a health care professional (e.g., doctor, nurse, technician); 50 students chosen; must be 16 years old  (18 years old at two of the hospitals).  Hospitals have included Cedars Sinai, St. Johns , UCLA.  http://www.lapedsoc.org/
    • Georgetown University (D.C.) – Summer Discovery: For entering 11th and 12th graders; six week classes for college credit, special programs in law and government, meet “movers and shakers” in politics, trips to Philadelphia, Virginia, visit colleges in four states;http://www.summerfun.com/ 
    • George Washington University – The Next Generation Leadership Program: pre-college programs on American and international politics; (202) 994-5953 or email:  precoll@gwu.edu
    • GIRLS' Leadership Workshop (GLW) at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center: GLW is a leadership program for girls entering either their sophomore or their junior year in high school. The nine-day residential program empowers young women by advancing their knowledge and leadership skills in a nurturing environment. For more information go to: http://www.ervk.org/
    • Girls’ State - for entering 12th graders: one week youth citizenship program held in late June, sponsored by The American Legion; study local, county and state governments by setting and running own city, county and state governments; must be nominated by MHS;  http://www.legion-aux.org/
    • Global Works – Summer Service Programs for High School Students: For ages 15+; non-profit organization sponsors opportunities to do cultural exchange programs in USA, New Zealand, Fiji, Ireland; language exposure programs in Yucatan, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica; Language Immersion programs in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Spain, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, France. http://www.globalworksinc.com/ 
    • Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.   http://www.habitat.org/
    • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Summer Fellowship Program: Seniors earn salary for full-time summer work with leading biomedical scientists; in Torrance; (310) 222-3604
    • Interlocken – Summer Community Service Projects – for entering 10th – 12th graders; various projects in Caribbean, So. America, Africa, Asia, Tibet;  http://www.globalroutes.org/
    • Junior Statesmen Summer School  - three week residential program for entering 9th-12th graders passionate about politics and current events; at Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, & Stanford; attend college-level classes, participate in debates, meet political and media leaders: www.jsa.org/summer
    • Junior Statesmen Symposia on Leadership and Politics: A behind-the-scenes look at politics and government in action. Programs offered on the campuses of the University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, University of Washington, UC Davis, Princeton. For more information contact: www.jsa.org  
    • Many Mansions: We are a non-profit, service-enriched, affordable housing provider that has served our community since 1979. Currently, we own and manage over 400 units of affordable housing, serving approximately 1,000 residents and provide on-site life-enriching services to our residents that include job training, case management, a homework literacy program, teen club, and a food assistance program. For more information go to:http://www.manymansions.org/
    • National Student Leadership Conference – for entering 10th-12th graders; winter/spring/summer ses, sions at American University, Stanford, UC Berkeley, etc. or go overseas; conferences on forensic science, arts, medicine, leadership, law, diplomacy, etc... http://www.nslcleaders.org/
    • Presidential Classroom Scholar Program – for entering juniors and seniors: One-week programs in winter/spring/summer in Washington D.C.; stay at Georgetown University; programs available include: Law and Justice in a Democracy, Global Business, Science, Technology and Public Policy, Media and Democracy; http://www.presidentialclassroom.org/
    • Step Up to Leadership Program at Claremont McKenna: 5-day residential program for sophomores and juniors who are moving into official leadership positions the following year;  http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/
    • Student Conservation Association Conservation Crew Program:  One month hands-on service to the land for ages 15 – 19; for nature lovers to live and serve in the national parks and forests; (603) 543-1700 or email: getreal@thesca.org
    • The Road Less Traveled: "The Road Less Traveled is a life-changing educational travel experience for teens; an extraordinary opportunity to join with others, explore humanity, build deep relationships and an appreciation for our world’s vast adventurous scenery and its people. RLT offers domestic and international community service, language and multi-sport adventure travel programs in over 20 countries and throughout North America for students aged 12-19. We engage in a service of presence and active listening in the world supporting young people to get outside, seek adventure, make new friends, build community and understand the world and its people in a new way. We encourage involvement; cultivate leadership, openness and sensitivity, communal participation, social activism and environmentalism." http://www.theroadlesstraveled.com/
    • University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School "Leadership in the Business World" Institute: Leadership in the Business World (LBW) is a summer institute for a talented and select group of rising seniors in high school who want to learn about leadership in business. For more information go to: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/academics/lbw.cfm
    • US Freedom Corps - Students In Service to America: As a coordinating council and office at the White House, the USA Freedom Corps is working to help every American answer the President’s Call to Service by strengthening and expanding federal service programs to protect our homeland, support our communities and extend American compassion around the world. This is a phenomenal way for young Americans looking for ways to serve our country by sharing their time and talents with others. Programs opportunities such as: the Peace Corps, Americorps, Citizen Corps and many more are available. For more information go to: http://infousa.state.gov/government/branches/freedom_corps.html
    • VISIONS: This is a co-ed summer program offering community service experiences in cross-cultural settings in and outside the US the high school students ages 14-18. For information: http://www.visionsserviceadventures.com/ 
    • Youth for Environmental Sanity: One week programs for high school students -  Bay Area Urban Habitat, Southern Calif. Urban Habitat, Art in Action, Winnipeg Urban Habitat, Youth Leadership Jams in Nevada, Youth Leaders Institute in North Carolina; http://www.yesworld.org/

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