handson tomorrow

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.   

2020 HandsOn Tomorrow Sessions


HandsOn Tomorrow will take place in 5 locations Summer 2020!*

handson tomorrow palo alto

Palo Alto
July 6 - July 18

handson tomorrow santa clara

Walnut Creek
July 13 - July 25

handson tomorrow santa clara

San Jose
July 13 - July 25


handson tomorrow san mateo

San Mateo
July 13 - July 25

handson tomorrow fremont

July 20 - August 1



* 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 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

Walnut Creek

San Jose

San Mateo

San Francisco

San Rafael

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

Applications for HandsOn Tomorrow 2020 are now open. Please fill out this form to apply!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the next generation of Bay Area leaders? Check out sponsorship opportunities here


Please see our FAQ or contact Eli Wallace, Youth Volunteer Experience Manager, at eli@handsonbayarea.org.

HandsOn Tomorrow is supported by our amazing community partners at HandsOn Superior California, the  and 

HandsOn Tomorrow is made possible by generous contributions from LifeScan Inc. and The eBay Foundation.