Writing Workshop Facilitator



Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Santa Cruz Juvenile Hall
3650 Graham Hill Road
United States


The Beat Within is a magazine of writing and artwork by and for incarcerated youth. Our volunteers are the pulse of our organization, and we could not do this deeply restorative work without you. As a workshop facilitator, you would be hosting workshops on various topics (that we provide you with), guiding the conversation, mentoring youth through the writing process, and typing up/editing their pieces. 

You don't need to be a writer or an academic for this work, nor do you have to have deep knowledge of the juvenile justice system. All we ask is that you approach our organization and our youth with an open mind and the desire to empower young people.

To volunteer, individuals:

  • Must be over 21 years of age to go into the juvenile hall
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be available on Fridays from either 3:30-4:30 pm and/or 6:30-7:45 pm
  • Make a six-month commitment to The Beat Within
  • Make a monetary investment of $50 for a background check, completed by The Beat Within.


For more information or to get involved, please email Program Associate Simone Larson at slarson@thebeatwithin.org

Fee Required


  • Training Provided