Student Services

Located in the Counseling Building: K-25 (Facing the Cafeteria)
Ms. Sharon Struck (Specialist) (858) 748-0245 ext. 5394

Student Support Services

Community Service Opportunities

Poway High School does not have a community service requirement for graduation. Community service for school credits (such as peer counseling, AVID, or other community service related organizations) is defined as doing something on a volunteer basis that directly benefits the community. For example, teaching Sunday School only benefits a church so that would NOT be considered community service although working with a church to feed the homeless WOULD count. Babysitting for family members wouldn't be considered community service although babysitting for free for a neighbor or at a community event would count. It is recommended that students keep track of their own hours throughout high school, as many colleges and scholarships ask for the number of hours which students volunteered. The attached form can be used for keeping track of hours.


The following programs are for on-going community service opportunities:

Poway Center for the Performing Arts
The PCPA is looking for student volunteers.  For more information, contact Lisa Najmi (858) 668-4694
Tutoring For A Step Beyond
 A Step Beyond is an after school dance and youth development program for students age 8 - high school who come from low income families.  They are looking for teen tutors. Contact Casey Flores or (760)705-1201.


Guardian Angels
Many older adults living in residential care facilities don't have people to talk to.  If you'd like to help a senior in need, go to or email
Salvation Army Family Store
The Salvation Army Poway Family Store helps to fund programs here in San Diego County that Transform Lives & Reunite Families.  A special volunteer orientation is done at the Poway Family Store for Poway residents.  As one of our volunteers, you would be helping to stock shelves, merchandise goods, and greet customers.  
Helen Woodward Animal Center - camp volunteers
Applications are available for being a volunteer during school breaks.  Applicants must be between 14-18 years old. During the summer camps, volunteers need to commit for the entire week but during breaks can volunteer for one or more days.  
Scripps Hospital La Jolla
Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is looking for volunteers who are at least 15 years old and are able to commit to at least two hours per week and volunteer a total of 100 hours.  See attached flyer for more information.
Special Friends  Foundation
A local non-profit home for women with developmental/ cognitive disabilities, is looking for students to volunteer to work at their house (with staff present) for: arts & crafts, cooking and making cookbooks, social skills, etc.  Contact Geri Wuillmier, or 858-312-1687
City of Poway Teen Volunteer Program
The City of Poway has established a Teen Volunteer Program where teens can volunteer for many events throughout the year.  Contact:  City of Poway Teen Volunteer Program  858-668-4671

Hospice Teen Volunteer program
Hospice Teen Volunteers (HTV), work directly with hospice patients, their families, and the community. Teen volunteers supply caring hands-on companionship and support. With specialized training they can provide complementary therapies involving art, music, Reiki, yoga, pet visits, and aromatherapy, which speak to the spirit as well as the body. They work in the office, sit on our teen volunteer board, serve as hospice ambassadors and act as spokespersons and advocates for hospice care.

Peer Pals at Community Coaching Center
Community Coaching Center is a nonprofit after school and Saturday program serving school aged youth with autism. Every day, they bring small groups of autistic youth out into the San Diego community to learn socially appropriate behaviors in a real-time setting. Peer Pals are volunteers aged 14-17 who partner with a program participant for the day to serve as a role model and friend. With your group, you might explore Seaport Village, visit Birch Aquarium, volunteer at a food pantry or beach cleanup, or hike Torrey Pines State Reserve, all while learning about autism and making new friends.

Library Volunteers
The Poway Library is looking for teen volunteers to attend their teen advisory group meetings, shelve books, assist with programs, etc. Volunteers over 14 must have a background check and medical exam (the County will pay for it). Danielle Hurt, Helen Seabolt or Martha Shankle, 513-2900 or or

Tutor at PHS
Tutors peers in many subject areas; freshmen will generally not be assigned to tutor peers; freshmen should apply to tutor at an elementary or middle school. Contact the Counseling Office for more information.

Various duties at Pomerado Hospital
Pomerado Hospital Auxiliary has a wide variety of opportunities for students. You must attend a training class and have a TB test. Student volunteers call 760-739-3080;

Seniors, childcare, elementary homework help and more!
SAVY (Students Actively Volunteering for You) is dedicated to helping middle school and high school students from throughout San Diego meet real community needs through volunteerism. We engage more than 30,000 students each year in community service and service learning projects, and we support hundreds of other youth through our min-grant program. SAVY provides opportunities for young people to volunteer, develop and demonstrate leadership skills, make a difference in the community and much more. You can go ahead and view the calendar even though it says it’s for members only. The password is SAVY (says so right on the log-in page). The links on the calendar give further info about the activity, as well as information to RSVP for a particular one.

Feed Homeless
Every 1st Monday of the month, feed the homeless at the Salvation Army: 825 7th Avenue (between E and F streets). Phil Harris, FFCC (Family and Friends Connection Center), Salvation Army: 619-231-6000, or 858-451-1839

Collect and/or deliver blankets
Collect blankets for Mexico. You may just collect, but you can also join the group going to Tijuana to deliver the blankets. (Blanket collection can be ongoing.), Phil Harris, FFCC (Family and Friends Connection Center), or 858-451-1839

San Diego's Fight Against Hunger
On-going help raising funds for orphans in Tanzania. FFCC packages food to send to Africa; is working on building a dormitory for school girls; education; etc., Phil Harris, FFCC (Family and Friends Connection Center), or 858-451-1839

Walk and work with dogs and/or cats
After an orientation day, you can walk and help care for dogs at the Escondido Humane Society.
Micki Hickox, Director of Volunteer Services, Escondido Humane Society, 3450 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027, 760-888-2270.

International Student Volunteers
The International Student Volunteers (ISV) run a High School Ambassador Program. For more information go to Evan DeMott, High School Program Coordinator (805) 558-9325,


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