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Age Range

  • 6th - 8th
  • High School

Help Required


Assist youth living in an affordable housing community in San Jose with school work, reading, fun activities, and computers. We are looking for motivated youth to help our younger students with their homework. All you need is a positive attitude and the ability to commit to volunteering one day a week for at least two semesters.

What's Needed To Complete

Transportation to/from our affordable housing unit in San Jose AND a positive attitude!

Whose Help Is Required

None (project can be done with limited/no adult involvement).

Special Requirements

This opportunity is most appropriate for high school students. You must be able to commit to volunteering once a week for at least two school semesters (about 3-5 months) consistently.

How It Makes A Difference

Youth living in affordable housing communities may not always have access to opportunities for after-school programs. By helping students with homework and reading, you will be helping other kids succeed in school and feel more confident in their studies!

Where to Serve

In-Person/On Site


1. Contact Kristin Taylor ( and Casey Ortal ( in an email with the title "HW Help for Elena Gardens" and tell us a little bit about yourself including your age, grade, and special interests (like school subjects or other activities) and days you are interested in volunteering. **You must be available to volunteer at least once a week for two school semesters! 2. Complete a "Volunteer Application." 3. Complete a "Consent for Background Check." 4. If over 18, complete a "Fingerprint Check" (There is a fee that you will be reimbursed for). 5. Attend a "Volunteer Orientation" prior to starting service.

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