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Ballard HS Posted Service Summer Learning Opportunities

Service Learning Requirements Service learning is giving time, without pay. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through activities and is important in helping build a resume for college, learn leadership, apply for jobs or other opportunities including scholarships. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

Summer Hours

Summer hours that students complete that meet the service-learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement, except for incoming freshmen who can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard HS


Magnolia Summerfest

Red and White striped tent with musical notes on the grass in front of the snow covered mountains

Dates: Fri, Aug 5 – Sun, Aug 7 

Summerfest is a weekend long festival in Magnolia including parade, bouncy houses, stage with musical acts and plenty of food and beverage. 

With a need for 500+ volunteers to help throw the party, you can sign up for days and times that fit your schedule. Learn more on the Summerfest site.


Food Bank Volunteers Needed at North Helpline

Everyday we get donations from grocery stores, partner organizations and individuals and we need your help in making sure these reach our neighbors! We are looking for volunteers to join us in packing and distributing these wonderful donations. Our volunteer activities go from Tuesdays to Saturdays at our Lake City site and Thursdays to Saturdays at our Bitter Lake location. 

Ready to join? Visit the North Helpline website to complete our volunteer application form and sign up for open shifts at our food banks. For more information or questions, email volunteers@northhelpline.org or call 206-413-8271 and look for Volunteer coordinator.


Magnolia Farmers Market

Watch for more information about opportunities on an ongoing basis for set-up and tear down for students interested in volunteering over the summer (June – Oct) at the Magnolia Famers Market.


The Math Agency Looking for Volunteers

The Math Agency will have two summer sessions (sponsored through the Seattle Parks and Rec program) at Northgate Elementary to work with groups of students Monday through Friday each morning beginning July 6 through July 29. Learn more about The Math Agency on the Seattle Times Article from March 2022 (may need a subscription).

As we expand into the 2022-23 school year, we are looking for tutors who are interested in helping close educational gaps in the public school system. Tutors will receive training (both an initial orientation and ongoing support) to enable them to effectively support students, engage the students’ families, and help evolve our program to increase its effectiveness even further. Scheduling options will vary, but typically will consist of 1-3 hours of tutoring, plus 1-2 hours of planning and data review each week.

For additional questions, contact Janice Jaworski at 206-819-8653 or janicemjaworski@gmail.com.


Loyal Heights Summer Teen Program

Summer Teen Program 2022 | June 20 – September 2 | Hour: 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. | Ages: 11-18 | Free

Teens will experience lasting memories of summer fun. Super activities including regular field trips such as swimming, golf, and local festivals, just to name a few. Movie rentals and cooking are weekly activities. Not to mention all the great new friends you will meet. We also provide Service Learning opportunities for high school students year round. The Summer Teen Program is terrific. This is part of Seattle Parks & Recreation. Contact: Ronald Brown, Ronald.brown@seattle.gov Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 N.W. 77th St.


Looking for opportunities this summer? Kong Academy

Kong Academy, a play-based education company dedicated to empowering kids through movement and social-emotional education, is looking for volunteers at their summer camps.

For more information please visit: Kong Academy | Kong Kids Worldwide.


Outdoors for All Foundation Volunteer

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The Outdoors for All Foundation transforms lives through outdoor recreation. Founded in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest, Outdoors for All is a national leader in delivering adaptive and therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Each year more than 3,000 individuals exercise their abilities thanks to the training and support of more than 850 volunteers.

Outdoors for All enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities and families and helps them to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Outdoors for All’s programs includes snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, youth and adult day camps, yoga, military programs, weekend excursions and custom events.

We have a full summer schedule including our Kayak, Rock Climbing and Cycling Series, which means more ways to volunteer! Learn more TODAY!


Ballard SeafoodFest Opportunities

Ballard Seafoodfest fish, fun and more since 1974 logo

Looking for ways to get more involved in the Ballard Community? Consider volunteering at Seattle’s premier summer event, Ballard SeafoodFest. There are a wide variety of positions and times to accommodate your schedule. Festival is July 15-17, 2022.

Join our crew by selecting your preferred job and shift through our signup page. Each shift comes with a complementary Alder-smoked salmon BBQ dinner, more fun you have ever had while working, and the neighborhood’s unwavering appreciation.


Ballard Community Center Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Ballard Community Center Seattle Parks Have Fun this summer with hands raised

We are looking High School students to volunteer this summer! Volunteers will work 120 hours this summer, with 60
going towards graduation requirements and 60 hours to receive a stipend of $150 once all hours are completed. Volunteers will help with various projects around the community center such as supporting community center operations, community center special events, playground activities, and summer camps.

Volunteers will also gain work experience that could lead to future employment opportunities! If this sounds like something you are interested in or have any questions, please contact De’Quan at the Ballard Community Center
dequan.flight-roberson@seattle.gov or 206-684-4093.


Youth Volunteer Vacations (3) with Washington Trails Association

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Each summer, teens from across the state join WTA to learn about the world of building and taking care of hiking trails. These opportunities allow teens to meet new friends, try new things and explore some of Washington state’s best outdoor places. All of our trips provide you with experienced crew leaders, great projects and all of your meals for the week.

Our Youth Volunteer Summer Vacations are opportunities for youth ages 14-18 to spend a week outdoors building and maintaining hiking trails in a safe, teamwork-oriented environment throughout the state. Camping gear is available to borrow and there are scholarship opportunities as well.

Vacation Types:

  1. Frontcountry (New & Returning Youth all Identities
  2. Backcountry (Youth of all Identities with Prior Experience)
  3. Shared-Identity Trips (New & Returning Youth with Specific Identities

Edible Hope Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity

St. Luke's Episcopal Church logo

Edible Hope Kitchen in Ballard Seattle. Edible Hope would not function without volunteers, and has a good opportunity for your High School students. Edible Hope is a Monday through Friday meal program that serves free breakfast from 8:00-10:00 AM. Our hours are 7:00 AM to close 12:00PM and can use volunteers any time between those hours. 

We love having High Schoolers in our kitchen over the summer and think that it is a great educational experience. No kitchen skills are necessary, just a good attitude and a willingness to learn new skills. Visit our St. Luke’s Episcopal Church website or please email me with any questions at emilie@stlukesseattle.org


Eco-Summit Volunteer Opportunity

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CommunityWorks! and the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) are co-hosting an all day Eco-Summit on April 23. Organizers are looking for volunteers for multiple jobs. Put up posters and distribute fliers to area shops before event, help set up for the event on the morning of the event, check attendees in at the door and manage the snack and beverage table to name a few.

Want to attend? Are you a member of an Environmental Club? Present what you are working on, along with other area high school students, during the Youth Movement Breakout Session at the at the Eco-Summit! Contact: info@community.works or view the ECO website for more details.


Seattle Audubon Nature Camp

The Seattle Audubon Nature Camp at Magnuson Park is currently recruiting Junior Naturalists for our upcoming summer season. Dates and times: Weekly shifts from June 27-September 2. Typical hours are 8:30am-3:45pm

Description of duties: Assisting adult staff Naturalists with field groups of 10-12 campers, leading activities, games, songs, and story times, helping with daily setup and cleaning, participating in team-building activities, daily check-ins, and enrichment projects with adult staff Naturalists, welcoming parents and campers during daily drop-off and pick-up; answering questions in a polite, professional manner, entertaining campers with board games or activities during drop-off and pick-up time and acting as a positive, fun role model to younger campers.

Visit our website for more information and feel free to contact Hanae Bettencourt at hanaeb@seattleaudubon.org, 206-523-8243 x108.


Videographers Needed. Responsible High School Students. We need you!

Our new Video and Sound System is up and running and we are looking for people to run the video during the 5pm Vigil Mass, Special Events, Funerals, and Weddings. We will provide the training and scheduling will be through a Genius volunteer sign-up.  This is an easy, fun system to run; almost like a video game. 

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, contact Julia Rudden at jrudden@stjohnsea.org


Girls Rock Math Summer Camp Volunteers Needed

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Girls Rock Math (GRM) is a non-profit offering STEAM summer camps. Our mission is to provide thought-provoking, creative experiences in math, empowering girls to develop confidence in their skills, and a life-long interest in mathematics.

Intern-Counselors are a very important part of our GRM program – they wear a staff shirt and name badge. They attend Staff Meetings with our Counselors-in-Training (CITs), teachers, and Site Director. Intern-Counselors work with teachers to ensure campers are having an enriching summer experience. Throughout the week, they work with mentors to guide them in leading, collaborating, and planning activities for campers. They reflect on their experience with other Intern-Counselors as well as their college-aged mentors. Reflection coupled with hands-on experience builds great leadership skills all while having fun and earning service hours. (One week of camp plus training is approximately 40 hours of community service.)


Volunteer Youth Ambassador Program (VYAP) Shoes For the Homeless Inc.

Shoes For the Homeless Inc. Volunteer Youth Ambassador Program logo

We are looking for high school aged students who are hard-working, who have not had the opportunity to volunteer with a non-profit organization, and who are willing to make a commitment.

Highlights of our Program

  • Earn community service hours
  • Help the homeless in your area
  • Build your resume for college
  • Assume a leadership role
  • Learn leadership skills

How to get involved with VYAP?

The first step is for the student/parent or guardian to reach out to us on our Youth Ambassador Program page.

We will schedule a short phone meeting with the student and the parent/guardian for parental permission, to discuss the program, and to see if this is a good fit for the student. We are a non-denominational, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that collects, processes, and distributes shoes, free of charge, to the homeless and those in need in local communities.


United Indians of All Tribes

Website: unitedindians.org | We welcome all volunteers, even if this is their first time participating in the Native community! Becoming a volunteer is as simple as filling out our application and signing up for an opportunity. Some of our most anticipated opportunities are our annual events:

  • Seafair Indian Days Powwow, Indigenous People’s Day, Native Life in the City Gala, Native Art Market

The best way to stay up to date on these opportunities, as well as other important news, is by signing up for our volunteer email list!


Aurora Commons Supplies Drive

Aurora Commons provides daily needs to our unhoused neighbors in the northern Seattle area. With the cold months already upon us, they’re looking for Ballard students who are interested in hosting a sock or cold weather accessory drive. Contact Amanda O’Hara for more information at amanda@auroracommons.org.


Seattle Theatre Group (STG)

Seattle Theatre Group is pleased to announce an open call for volunteers for the 2021-2022 season and beyond.  We also have opportunities to earn community service hours for high school students. 

To begin the application process and inquire further about the benefits of the STG Volunteer program, email xaviera@stgpresents.org.  


Seattle/King County Cyber Seniors 

The WSU / Seattle-King County Cyber Seniors program works with the international Cyber Seniors organization to pair area young people (age 16+) with local older adults to teach digital and technology literacy skills and connect to resources. Volunteers are provided with lessons and activities to train them to act as digital mentors. Learn more by emailing contact@kingcountycyberseniors.org.  


Ballard Food Bank  

Website:ballardfoodbank.org/volunteer  | The Ballard Food Bank needs volunteers for various duties at the bank itself and for helping out with deliveries. Visit their volunteer page for more information and resources.    


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