Volunteering at Destiny Arts Center makes you a partner in the critical work to end isolation, prejudice, and violence in the lives of young people. Thank you for the valuable gifts of your time and efforts.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • We’re looking for skilled, creative, and flexible volunteers to help staff the Community Resource Room at our North Oakland center. Community Resource Room volunteers should be experienced in working with youth, and comfortable helping students with homework. Learn more and sign up here.
  • Volunteer at SEED LANGUAGE. The Destiny Youth Performance Companies have been hard at work with resident company Embodiment Project all year, co-creating a feature-length dance/theater extravaganza that will reach thousands of audience members at the Laney College Theater in Oakland and the ACT Geary Theater in San Francisco! Help us pull it off. 
  • Data entry at Destiny Arts Center offices. We need ongoing support entering data from our many surveys and evaluations in order to analyze the information, make strategic decisions and complete reports. This support job is less spicy on its face, but is absolutely critical to our work.

General Volunteer Information

Volunteers support our work in many helpful ways:

  • Data entry or General admin
  • Photo or Video documentation
  • Grant-writing/donor solicitation
  • Production assistance
  • Facility maintenance/improvements
  • Classroom support
  • Community outreach
  • Clinical services
  • As staff during our fundraising events or performances
  • Homework help/hall monitoring during our regular onsite classes
  • Graphic design
  • …and many others!

Please contact Hannah Klein, our Onsite Engagement Coordinator, if you would like to volunteer.

Volunteer Spotlight

Deborah Yaffe, our resident volunteer gardener, is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Creative Arts Therapist (and student in our Monday and Saturday adult classes!) who lives right around the corner from our North Oakland center. When she’s not caring for our fruit trees, planting bulbs, and weeding the plot in front of our North Oakland center, she can be found planning Love Our Neighboorhood Day, an outdoor festival that will feature performances by Destiny students on June 4, 2016.
Deborah in the Garden!
Deborah, pictured here with the beautiful flowers she planted, sees volunteering in the garden at Destiny as a way of celebrating Destiny’s contribution to the neighborhood and helping to ensure the outside of our building reflects all that’s growing inside. Thank you, Deborah, for your amazing work!





If someone is trying to hurt us, we use our fighting skills, but only if we have to. We use our feet and our words first.

Rosalyn Green
Age 10, Peralta Elementary School (Oakland)