student opportunities 

The Caltech Y coordinates a variety of programs each term; some designed to heighten awareness of ethical, social, and political issues; some to serve the community, and some just to promote fun and relaxation.  At the heart of Caltech Y programming is student leadership. Regardless of your level of experience or availability, the Caltech Y has an opportunity in leadership for you. 

Monday - Thursday | 4:00 - 6:00 PM | Caltech Campus

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3:10 - 5:30 PM | John Muir High School 

The Rise Program is an afterschool math and science-focused tutoring program that serves public school students between grades 8 and 12. The tutoring takes place on the Caltech campus Monday-Thursday from 4pm-6pm. Students must attend 2 days a week. The tutoring is provided by Caltech undergraduate and graduate students. The program is designed to help students gain greater competency in math foundations, improve skills in math and science and prepare students for college-level math and science. 

rise tutoring


Every Tuesday & Wednesday | 5:45 - 7:45 PM | Highland Park


Volunteer at Hathaway Sycamores, a group that supports local underprivileged but motivated high school students in the LA community. Tutors have the opportunity to help students in various science and math subjects. No formal training necessary, just sign up for the days you can come. The service trip departs from Caltech and includes ~1.5 hours of tutoring and ~30 minutes of travel time. 


For more info and to sign up for open tutoring slots, email Alex at

Eligible for Federal Work Study.

Marshall Credit Recovery Program

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Pasadena 

Work with 8th grade students from Marshall Fundamental through the STARS program.  Marshall has identified 8th graders that are failing math and in danger of not graduating.  Tutors will work with small groups of students to complete five week packets of math which will go towards changing a failing grade into a passing grade and allow the student to graduate. (Packets will be graded by a credentialed teacher). Tutors commit to at least one day a week for 5 weeks.


Email for more info and to volunteer. Eligible for Federal Work Study.

Kids reading to succeed 

1st Saturday of the month | 8:30 - 11:00 AM | Pasadena 

Kids Reading to Succeed (KRS) works with the youth of Pasadena to encourage a love of reading and to improve literacy skills. The first hour (9:00 to 10:00) focuses on individualized and targeted reading, in which a volunteer is paired with a student who is encouraged to read aloud from a book chosen from the KRS library. Volunteers consistently ask questions of the students to gauge reading comprehension. The second hour of our program (10:00 to 11:00) is the interactive and fun presentation based on the monthly theme.

For more info and to RSVP go to   Eligible for Federal Work Study. Contact the Caltech Y at for questions.

union station

3rd Saturday of the month | 5:15 - 9:15 PM | Pasadena 

Prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Union Station Adult Center in Pasadena. Food and materials are provided. The Adult Center provides shelter, meals and supportive services for more than 150 homeless men and women each year. For more info and to RSVP email

make-a-difference day

The Caltech Y is partners with agencies from all over Pasadena and the greater LA region for one day of community service. All members of the Caltech community are invited to participate in one of a variety of community service projects at the Boys and Girls Club, Monrovia Canyon, Habitat for Humanity, LA Food Bank, Hillsides Home for Children, and many more sites. You can choose to work with kids or animals, do construction or outdoor projects or visit with the elderly. Projects are led by other students and will be 3.5 to 6 hours - including travel, depending on the project. Meals, transportation, and t-shirts are provided.

Alternative spring break

Explore a new place, meet new people, serve a community, and have fun! 

Join other Caltech students for a non-traditional spring break experience and volunteer for a worthy cause. From the desert to the Sierras to more local urban experiences, there are a number of different community service trips that change from year to year.

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