The DPEA is committed to community outreach that provides meaningful service opportunities to DPEA students. Our students work in the community on a variety of projects focused on raising interest in STEAM fields for younger students and students who are the first generation in their families to attend college.
By participating in community service opportunities a student can:
- Earn community service hours for the DPHS Community Service requirement. DPHS requires 60 hours of community service for graduation.
- Add impressive teaching credentials to college applications.
- Hone skills as a teacher and mentor.
- Make a difference in the lives of students.
The following volunteer opportunities are usually available for DPEA students to earn either community service hours or senior year travel credit. The DPEA Community Service Program Management Business Team (CSPM -- formerly known as the Service Learning team) coordinated these opportunities.
- AVID classes in junior high schools
- Lunchtime tutoring in the DPEA
- FIRST LEGO League robotics in elementary schools
- Pathways tutoring at DPHS
- Girls Inc. tutoring at their Goleta building
- Seminar Period tutoring at DPHS (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Students commit to volunteering for an entire semester. Sign-ups occur at the end of each semester for the upcoming semester. The CSPM business team gives presentations about these opportunities to all DPEA students during DPEA classes and sends follow-up emails with sign-up instructions.