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    Volunteer with US!

    Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. No commitment is too small and your participation is vital in furthering our mission.

    Here are many ways you can contribute your time to give back and impact the lives of our youth and families. Email US TODAY at  if you are interested.


    Are you a professional actor? Please lend your talent to our cause by volunteering four hours of your time during our Page Play Performance Season – and help bring our youth’s voices to life by reading their original work in front of an audience. View our schedule HERE.


    Do you enjoy theatre? Do you want to support our youth’s artistic expression? Come be a guest and check out any of our youth or Page Play performances and help honor the hard work of our youth by attending a production of their work. View our schedule HERE.


    Do you love social media and are passionate about our cause? Sign up to be a Social Media Ambassador and your online voice could help propel our organization to new audiences and supporters, helping US continue to provide and expand our services.


    Do you have a few hours to lend in our office to aid with administrative tasks such as data entry? Your assitance is critical in helping staff efficiently execute their priorities, providing a valuable tool to further our mission.


    Are you a photographer and a fan of our work? We would love your help in capturing the many special moments we create through our programs.


    S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentors greatly impact and inspire our participants by supporting workshops and performances. See below for how you can directly assist our teams on the ground by becoming a S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentor!


    Interested in volunteering with US? Email today and include your area of interest!


    The Unusual Suspects gives Los Angelenos the opportunty to have fun in a creative atmosphere by mentoring participants in theatre programs at school sites in South Los Angeles and the Northeast San Fernando Valley, as well as probation camps throughout LA County.


    S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentors commit to serving at one site, once-a-week, over a period of 10 weeks, and play a vital role in helping to build a creative, supportive team for playwriting and theatre performance workshops.

    S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentors serve as true role models, exemplifying discipline, enthusiasm, and willingness to take risks in ensemble workshop activities.

    S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentors check in with participants during workshops and actively listen to their needs, supporting creative problem-solving and social-emotional development.

    S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentors participate in reflection meetings; join in fun, engaging theatre exercises; and have opportunities to lead warm-ups and reflective group discussions.

    S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentors are not responsible for enforcing discipline, but actively participate in Arts Ensemble feedback sessions to determine group norms and goals and to strengthen participants’ listening, critical thinking, cooperative learning and social skills. Help support and foster the next generation, and enhance your own personal growth in the process!


    Who Mentors for the Unusual Suspects?
    • People who care about the social and emotional growth of youth and adult participants
    • People who are committed to sharing their love for the arts
    • People who are ready to guide and support participants with consistency
    • People who are able to actively engage with a creative ensemble
    What should I expect in a 10-week Writing or Performance Workshop?

    In the Writing program, students create an original play that culminates in a staged reading, performed by professional actors. In the Performance program, students mount a full theatrical production of the play that they have written.

    What is the time commitment?

    The needs of volunteers vary from role to role but we are looking for volunteers to donate at least 4 hours of their time.

    What will I need as a volunteer photographer?

    We require all volunteer photographers bring their own equipment needed to support the performances and workshops. No equipment will be provided.

    I have no office experience, can I still volunteer?

    Of course! You will be working alongside current US staff that will walk you through working in the US office.

    Do I need experience in theatre to mentor?

    While experience and/or interest in theatre, acting or writing are helpful, it is not necessary. We also welcome Mentors with other interests, such as social work, psychology, community development, and education.

    What if I want to volunteer at a US event?

    Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for upcoming events and volunteer needs.

    Where are the programs held?

    Our programs take place in middle and high schools in South LA, San Fernando, and Pacoima, and at probation camps throughout LA County. You’ll need your own transportation!

    What paperwork will I need to fill out?

    All mentors will need to pass background checks and TB tests. Mentors supporting our incarcerated youth in the juvenile detention centers will also need advanced approval from probation. US works with all of our mentors to ensure proper paperwork is submitted and approved.


    Click the button below to be taken to the online application for S.T.A.R. Volunteer Mentors. Once submitted, one of our US staff members will be in touch with you!


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