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HandsOn TomorrowTM

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

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HandsOn Tomorrow™ is a volunteering enrichment program aimed to develop high school students’ leadership, communication and project management skills. During this 2-week summer program, students experience up to 60 volunteer hours doing purpose-driven work with local organizations; focus areas may include houselessness, environmental conservation, food insecurity, etc. In addition to on-the-ground experience and team-based workshops, HandsOn Tomorrow™ will provide each cohort the resources to confidently produce their own service event from scratch! The 2024 program has 3 cohorts across the Bay Area:

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  • San Jose —-----—---- June 17th - June 29th

  • Palo Alto area--------- July 8th - July 20th

  • San Francisco ---------July 22nd - Aug 3rd

San Jose Palo Alto San Francisco

Enrich your student’s leadership potential through active community engagement by applying to HandsOn Tomorrow™ today!

Applications due May 19th; if interested after application deadline, please contact Alexandra Carter at

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Benefits of Participating

HandsOn Tomorrow participants will:

  • Earn up to 60 volunteer hours for college applications or the PVSA Award

  • Develop project management skills, participate in community outreach, and get acquainted with agencies that directly benefit your communities

  • Encourage the future generation to tackle current issues, such as: hunger, houselessness, and the environment.

  • Engage in peer-oriented exercises that fosters a team-based environment.

  • A perfect environment to network and mingle with like-minded teens.




All cohort participants are required to participate in the two-week session. The enrollment costs $1,399 per person, need-based scholarships are available for low-income youth and families experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. If a need is indicated on your application, you will be automatically redirected to the scholarship application.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

HandsOn Tomorrow is made possible by generous contributions from LifeScan Inc.


HandsOn Tomorrow 2024 Schedule

Youth leaders will return to meeting in-person to engage in curriculum and reflection activities, connect with guest speakers, and participate in volunteer opportunities guided by HandsOn Tomorrow facilitators. Check out an example project here!


Please see our FAQ or contact us, Alexandra Carter.



handson tomorrow testimonial

quotesParticipating in HandsOn Tomorrow has exposed me to not only leadership opportunities and volunteering experience, but also some of society's greatest social issues. Working towards these issues has greatly altered my perspective on societal contribution and purpose.

Matt Lai
HandsOn Tomorrow
Alumni 2015



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






handson tomorrow testimonial

quotesMy time at HandsOn Tomorrow opened me up to so many problems that I didn't know the Bay Area was facing and made me feel a responsibility and passion for making change in my community. As a part of the YVC, I would like to foster empathy and education in communities around me so that stigmas can be cleared around prevalent issues in the Bay Area.

Calli McCormack
HandsOn Tomorrow Alumni
San Francisco Cohort 2023