OPI participants receive support in these related areas in order to gain transferable skills in real world settings, learn the value of networking, develop social skills, work in areas of interests, find a new passion, follow through with a commitment, build an internal sense of discipline and of persevering during difficult times. Volunteer or internship activities can also serve as a bridge to paying careers.
Volunteer and Internships
We assist participants navigate the volunteer and internship process and help them with brainstorming, researching and communicating with possible volunteer and internship opportunities. Most participants volunteer while at OPI and the time/day/length of commitment are determined by the skeletal structure of the program, school, extracurricular activities and personal goals. Examples of volunteer locations include animal rescues, senior living facilities, tutoring, mentoring, and clerical work. Examples of internships include marketing, advertising, and architectural.
We do mandatory monthly community service events with numerous organizations and in various industries and service areas such as environmental (beach clean-ups, tree planting), construction (rebuilding Greater LA events), fundraisers/event planning (with various organizations), social services (food banks, food service), and animal rescues.
We cover all aspects in career counseling from career exploration, to career related tool building, to the job search process and job maintenance. We offer a 6 week career workshop series, a Phase 1 requirement, that reviews the purpose and process of career related tools including resume, cover letters, and mock interviewing to name a few. Participants will also complete assessments through MyPlan.com and review the results with a counselor.
We do not do job placement however we assist with all steps of the job search process. We use a systematic approach to assist participants in staying organized and offer one-on-one support to ensure each individuals needs are met. We also facilitate monthly mall outings and visit local college job fairs. We have a relationship with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) for those that would benefit from job placement services while in our later phases.
Not only we do send quarterly newsletters and regularly keep up-to-date with our alumni, we are now offering free access to MyPlan.com for all participants and alumni. MyPlan.com is a web-based career and educational planning resource that uses personality tests, interest inventory, and other assessments to help you plan an educational and career path. For access to the assessments, please contact the Department of Volunteer and Career at 818.610.3956 for the license code.
Total Participant Hours Volunteered since 2015: