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
  • Gallery Shop Volunteers
  • 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!

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.

Click on the application links below for more information about the program requirements, training, schedule, and full application.

Summer 2017 Counselor-in-Training Application

Summer 2017 Lead Counselor-in-Training Application

Please note that the CIT and LCIT programs fill up fast. Placements are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail or deliver complete applications and training fees to the below address. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. The CIT program is currently full. We are still accepting LCIT applications.

Attn: Director of Volunteer Engagement
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

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: Mar 23, 2017