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HandsOn TomorrowTM

handson tomorrowA Parents' Press "Best Teen-Focused Summer Camp"

HandsOn Tomorrow is HandsOn Bay Area's premier service-learning summer program for Bay Area teenagers. Participants are challenged to be the change they wish to see in the world and organize together to become community leaders in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Over the course of each two-week cohort, our youth leaders visit five deserving nonprofits with diverse mission statements and deliver immediate impact through unique and engaging volunteer projects. Alongside these projects, participants are led through the innovative HandsOn Tomorrow curriculum where they reflect on the issues facing their communities and develop the leadership skills necessary to effectively support local nonprofits and causes. 

Each HandsOn Tomorrow session culminates in a large-scale volunteer service project planned and led by the team, and attended by friends, family, and community members.   

2019 HandsOn Tomorrow Sessions


HandsOn Tomorrow is expanding to 6 locations in summer 2019!*

handson tomorrow palo alto

Palo Alto
July 8 - July 20

handson tomorrow walnut creek

Walnut Creek 
July 8 - July 20

handson tomorrow santa clara

San Mateo (new)
July 15 - July 27







           handson tomorrow palo alto

         San Rafael (new) 
           July 15 - July 27

handson tomorrow walnut creek

San Francisco
July 22 - August 3

handson tomorrow santa clara

San Jose (new)
July 22 - August 3


* All 2-week HandsOn Tomorrow sessions take place Monday through Friday 9am-3pm, with final large-scale service 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 cohorts convene at a preselected nonprofit (safely and easily accessible via public transportation) and participate in hands-on leadership building activities. After lunch, they get their hands dirty and volunteer on a project to help the mission of their host nonprofit.

By the end of the program, participants will exercise their new-found skills to plan and design their own large-scale 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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Past Schedules 

Palo Alto- click here 

Walnut Creek  - click here

San Francisco - 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 HandsOn Tomorrow

HandsOn Tomorrow applications for 2019 are now open! Apply today to reserve your spot! 


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

HandsOn Tomorrow is supported by our amazing community partners at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership

HandsOn Tomorrow is made possible by generous contributions from LifeScan Inc., San Jose Water, and the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation.