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Earn volunteer hours for college with HandsOn Tomorrow

A Parents' Press "Best Teen-Focused Summer Camp"

HandsOn Tomorrow is an inspiring summer leadership and service-learning program for high school students in the Bay Area.

HandsOn Tomorrow inspires participants to be the change they wish to see in the world and to organize together to become community leaders in the Bay Area and beyond.

Participants are led through our innovative HandsOn Tomorrow curriculum. Youth will develop leadership skills with fun, hands-on activities while exploring and addressing specific challenges facing their communities.

Each 2-week session culminates in a large-scale capstone volunteering project planned and led by the team.

2018 Locations

HandsOn Tomorrow is expanding to 5 locations in summer 2018! *

1. Palo Alto: July 9 - July 21

2. Walnut Creek: July 9 - July 21

3. Santa Clara (NEW): July 16 - July 28

4. San Francisco: July 23 - August 4

5. Pleasanton (NEW): July 23 - August 4

* All 2-week HandsOn Tomorrow sessions take place Monday through Friday 9am-3pm, with final capstone projects taking place on the final Saturday, typically 10am-1pm.



handson tomorrow testimonial

quotesIt's super important for young people to get involved in their community and start making a difference because no one is going to do it unless you step forward.

Anushka Joshi
HandsOn Tomorrow
Palo Alto Team 2016



handson tomorrow testimonial

quotesYoung people need to be prepared when they go out into the real world. I would recommend HandsOn Tomorrow highly to any high school student thinking of doing volunteer work and getting exposure to life outside their own world.

Sujata Joshi
HandsOn Tomorrow Parent
Palo Alto Team 2016


A Day in the Life

Each morning, the group will convene at a preselected nonprofit (safely and easily accessible via public transportation) and participate in hands-on leadership building activities. After lunch, we’ll get our hands dirty and volunteer on a project to help the mission of our host.

By the end of the program, participants will exercise their new-found skills to plan and design their own capstone service project. Friends, family, and community members will be invited to participate as well. Check out pictures of HandsOn Tomorrow in action!

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2018 schedules coming soon. Click the links below for examples from 2017.

Palo Alto - click here

San Francisco - click here

Walnut Creek - click here

Benefits of Participating

HandsOn Tomorrow participants will:

  • Earn 55 volunteer hours for college!

  • Become strong and effective leaders

  • Learn what it takes to make a difference in their community

  • Engage their peers, family, and community members through volunteer action

  • Learn how to work and thrive in a team-based environment


Attendance of both weeks of the program is required for all participants and enrollment costs $1,190 per person. Need-based scholarships are available for low-income youth. If a need is indicated on your application, you will be automatically redirected to the scholarship application.

Apply to 2018

HandsOn Tomorrow is now accepting applicants for summer 2018! Applications will be received on an ongoing basis until all five sessions have been filled. Spots are filling fast!



Please see our FAQ or contact Associate Director of Programs Joey Guerin at joey@handsonbayarea.org.

HandsOn Tomorrow is made possible by the generous contributions from the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation.

And NobleCause - made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by Noblehour.com, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful, measurable acts of goodness.