Teen Service Opportunities

Whether you’re looking for service hours, building your resume, 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
  • Children's Fine Art classroom assistants 
  • Ceramics Apprentices 
  • Behind-the-scenes art prep
  • Summer camp Counselors-in-Training
  • Art Center Teen Leadership

Art Center Teen Leadership 

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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 or virtual program, 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. Meetings take place twice a month, typically on a weekday at 4:30 p.m. and one weekend day. Meetings and workshops will be both virtual and in-person. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. The 2023-24 school year application will be posted on this website in May 2023. Please contact artcenter@cityofpaloalto.org with inquiries. 

Teen Counselor-in-Training Program

Art Center Counselor-in-Training Summer Camp Counselors in Training (CITs) are volunteers (12-18 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 two full weeks of camp, choosing a morning or afternoon session. Lead CITs (LCITs) are experienced CITs who rotate throughout the camps to assist teachers, students, and CITs. LCITs also volunteer for two full weeks of camp, choosing a morning or afternoon session. The summer 2023 CIT and LCIT applications will be posted to this website in late February 2023. 

Learn more about our Counselor-in-Training Program

Special Projects Welcome

We are pleased to support teens working on special service projects, such as Girl Scout Gold Awards, Eagle Scout Awards, and other extensive service projects.