University Settlement is another local organization. With University Settlement leading, settlement houses established the idea that immigrants and low-income families deserve basic services like quality education, decent housing, access to open space for exercise and health, and support for the aging. They proved that with a little help, these families could get a foothold on the American dream.
Publicolor's design-based programs and academic support engage at-risk youth in their education and combat the lack of job-preparedness that fuels poverty. Central to our mission is the beautification and revitalization of public and civic spaces through the affordable medium of paint and collaborations that engage the students and the community as a whole. Check them out, and volunteer!
Peer Health Exchange is an accessible volunteer opportunity. Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.
Mentoring USA is another great volunteer option. Mentoring USA believes that the presence of a caring adult in a young person's life increases self-esteem, strengthens relationships with peers and adults, improves academic performance and attendance, and helps combat school drop-out.