Volunteer with Youth in Building Career Skills - Job Readiness Tutor at Hack the Hood



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


439 International Blvd
Suite 1
United States


Do you have professional skills you want to share with young adults? Are you interested in supporting small businesses in a changing Bay Area? Hack the Hood is a nonprofit that connects young adults of color from the Bay Area with local small businesses and professionals through tech and coding bootcamps. Read on to learn how you can support us!

Position Description:

Under the guidance of a lead instructor, the Job Readiness Tutor will support a small group of 1-2 students between the ages of 16 and 20 in learning about crafting effective resumes, LinkedIn accounts, and networking. It’s fundamental that Workshop Coaches can build rapport, as they’ll be working very closely with and administering feedback to young adults. We prefer to pair students with the same volunteers throughout the duration of the program.

*Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of two workshops.*

Workshop Schedule for both Cohorts:

Wednesday, July 11: Intro Resume Building 1-3pm (Volunteers must commit to both resume workshops if interested in participating on either of the resume days.)

Wednesday, July 18: Complete Resume Workshops 1-3pm

Wednesday, July 25: LinkedIn Profiles 1-3pm

Wednesday, August 1: Networking 1-3pm

Key Responsibilities:

  • Break down the fundamentals of resumes, LinkedIn profiles, or networking for a small group (1-2) of young adults to help them better understand the purpose of designing and writing effective resumes or LinkedIn accounts, or having a strong professional network
  • Support a minimum of two workshops of the same cohort
  • Assist students in creating their own resume or LinkedIn, or practicing networking skills
  • Teach students to discern between professional and casual writing tone and voice
  • Support program participants’ interests
  • Support both workshop sessions in the series if volunteering for resume or LinkedIn workshops

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience crafting effective professional LinkedIn accounts or resumes (a plus: teaching or tutoring others how to make LinkedIn accounts or resumes)
  • Experience working with young adults of color, ages 16 through 20
  • Share and practice Hack the Hood’s perspective on youth development
  • Eagerness to jump in and work with program participants
  • A plus: Experience navigating the tech industry from a non-traditional background (specifically speaking to folks of color, women, members of LGBTQ+ communities, and/or individuals who graduated from coding bootcamps, community colleges, or are self-taught coders) 

Program season duration: July 2, 2018 through August 10, 2018

Time Commitment: 1-3pm on Wednesdays during the course of the program. Volunteers can participate in as many workshops as they wish, but we ask a minimum of two. Volunteers are invited and encouraged to arrive earlier than 1 to eat lunch with program participants and staff.

Start Date: Orientation on July 2, 2018 at the Oakland Hack the Hood office, 439 International Blvd. #1, Oakland 94606

Finish Date: August 10, 2018

Location: We have two cohorts: one will be held at the Hack the Hood Office, and the other will be near downtown Oakland.

Ideal Amount of Volunteers: 4

Requirements for working with program participants:

  • Available between the hours of 12pm and 4pm on Wednesdays
  • Complete a Volunteer Orientation on July 2, 2018 at the Oakland Hack the Hood office, 439 International Blvd. #1, Oakland 94606
  • Complete and clear Live Scan background check
  • Over the age of 25
  • Two reference checks, ideally someone who can speak to your experience working with youth

Hack the Hood’s Framework on Youth Development:

Hack the Hood approaches youth holistically, as we support youth not only in their tech endeavors, but work to support their personal and professional development. We aim to foster a strong community—one wherein young adults feel consistently supported and can build trust with our staff and reliable adults who will forge mentor-like relationships. We are looking for patient and open-minded adults who have an empathetic understanding of various forms of privilege and intersectionality, especially in the context of the tech industry and the Bay Area. Volunteers must recognize that they too can step back and learn from the young people we serve, and strive to meet program participants where they are, both emotionally and skill-wise.  

About Hack the Hood’s Web Development Bootcamp and Partnership with Small Business Owners: Hack the Hood’s seasonal programs introduce participants to the fundamental skills of coding and web development, and offer career and educational development. Our upcoming summer Web Development Bootcamps will serve two cohorts of twenty 16-20 year olds in Oakland starting in early July. Program participants harness professional soft and hard skills by creating a website for their clients, local small business owners (SMBs) who lack a major online presence. Many of these SMB clients are long-time community mom and pop shops who don’t yet utilize technology and social media or new business owners who are still establishing themselves. With a website and social media knowledge, SMB clients can reach new customers and increase profits. Upon completion of Bootcamp, participants are encouraged to take their skills to the next level by enrolling in more advanced bootcamps such as Code Berkeley or General Assembly. Hack the Hood strives to support youth in their next academic or career step towards pursuing work experience in tech. See examples of SMB websites created in Hack the Hood’s Web Development Bootcamp here and here.

If interested, please email [volunteer@hackthehood.org] for next application steps.

How To Apply


To Apply:

We encourage interested folks to apply ASAP. We are a small but growing program and unfortunately we cannot take on all interested volunteers at the moment. Additionally, we seek volunteers who relate to the backgrounds and experiences of our students, and we highly encourage Latinx and Black/African American folks to apply. We also encourage professionals who come from an untraditional educational pathway (i.e. attended a bootcamp or are self-taught) to apply.

Steps to Apply: 

1) Email volunteer@hackthehood.org with a blurb describing your interest in volunteering and your LinkedIn profile.

2) The volunteer coordinator with reach out to schedule a 20-30 minute phone screening. 

3) If the applicant passes the phone screening, they are invited to a volunteer orientation held on Monday, July 2nd.