Volunteer with Step Up’s innovative photojournalism program “I Dream To…” empowering teen girls to discover and explore various career opportunities while building self-esteem and leadership skills. Through weekly classes and with support of a program instructor and Step Up member volunteers, girls learn skills in photography, journalism, and critical thinking and are inspired to dream big. Ultimately, Step Up connects each girl with a professional woman in the career of the girl’s choice to learn directly from the woman living the teen’s dream, and to realize the possibility of achieving it herself.
Classes are held at Gertz-Ressler High School located at 2023 South Union Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007. We will meet in room 210. If you have trouble finding the room, look for anyone in an orange tee shirt or call Keisha Chandler or call 310.850.9749.
Street parking on Union Avenue and the surrounding streets is available.
We would like to have volunteers arrive at 3:15pm to assist in class preparation and for a quick brief of the upcoming class. Classes will run from 3:30pm-5:00pm every Tuesday. If you are available to stay after class to help put supplies away, we can use your help then too!
We will provide stylish Step Up orange tees for all volunteers to wear. If you already have a Step Up tee, please wear it.
• During the opening class, we would like volunteers to introduce themselves and their profession.
• Girls are broken up into groups to work on project based activities. Volunteers are asked to participate in each class by floating from group to group and providing positive encouragement.
• During the breaks we encourage you to mingle with the young women, ask them questions and begin building a rapport with them.(Warning: they are teenagers so if they are more interested in talking with their friends, do not take it personally!)
• Bringing fresh fruit and/or water for the girls is always a help.