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
  • Art Center Teen Leadership Group
Click here to see our upcoming volunteer opportunities!

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 once a month on a weekday afterschool. Please contact Grace Pegan Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at grace.abusharkh@cityofpaloalto.org with questions or for application instructions. We are currently recruiting for the 2017/18 school year.

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 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 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.

Please note that the CIT and LCIT applications will be released in late February 2017. PDF applications will be available on this webpage. Placements are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up for the Palo Alto Art Center's teen volunteer email list, please email Grace Pegan Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement at 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.

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2017