American Red Cross (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Cardillo)
The American Red Cross club aims to mobilize volunteers and donors to help alleviate people’s suffering as a result of disasters or emergencies. The club focuses on providing opportunities for students to volunteer with the West LA region’s Red Cross members. It also gives students the opportunity to get training in CPR/first aid, as well as learn more about disaster preparedness.
Bear Boxes (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Howard)
Without the necessary school supplies, young minds lack the quality education they need to thrive academically. Bear Boxes aims to provide schools and orphanages in third world countries with basic yet essential supplies for a proper education.
Bridge to Build a Brighter Future (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Kochar)
Bridge to Build a Brighter Future provides an opportunity for Harvard-Westlake students to peer-tutor students from Valor Academy in math. Through this community service program, a one-to-one Skype meeting will take place after school, once a week, to help middle school students.
Cadence for a Cause (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Hilt)
Cadence for a Cause strives to spread the joy of music throughout all parts of Los Angeles. Over the past three years, under the guidance of the distinguished musicians in Street Symphony, we have performed numerous free concerts for the underprivileged and underserved at People Assisting the Homeless, Skid Row, Midnight Mission, and other locations. Through giving back to our community, our purpose is to inspire our audiences and better ourselves.
Cards for Humanity (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Holmes-Chuba)
Cards for Humanity seeks to raise awareness and benefit student-chosen causes through their own artistic expression in the form of greeting cards. Members hold two to three card sales throughout the year and donate 100% of the proceeds to the charitable organizations of their choice. Each sale highlights and benefits a different organization in order to cover a wide range of causes that members believe are important to them. Weekly meetings will be held to create cards, discuss organizations members want to benefit, and finalize plans for card sales.
Children's Institute Inc. Tutoring Partners (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Jones)
CII Tutoring Partners gives Harvard-Westlake students the opportunity to tutor underserved elementary school kids and give them the one-on-one attention they might not get at their schools. HW tutors explain and elaborate on topics these students may not completely understand by assigning practice problems or answering any questions they have, and help students with homework that they bring from school. Although weekly attendance is not required, it is encouraged in order to create a stable and familiar learning environment, where both the HW student tutors and the students can feel comfortable and friendly with one another. Students will be able to tutor kids on Saturdays from 10-12 AM: an opportunity that is both extremely rewarding and humbling. Student tutors are not at all restricted in terms of what they are expected to offer, and can help teach the subject they feel most confident in.
Community Council (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Church)
Community Council encourages, supports, and facilitates each student's involvement in lifelong community service endeavors in order to both address the needs of our greater society and build a stronger school community.
Connect 4 Cancer (Faculty Advisor: Ms. McClain)
Connect 4 Cancer Club hosts fundraisers and bake sales, decorates cards to send to cancer patients, and spreads awareness about each cancer month. All money made from fundraisers is donated to the Connect 4 Cancer organization.
Environmental Club (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Eisenkolb)
We work towards making Harvard-Westlake and the planet a more sustainable place through fundraisers, events to raise awareness, and a push towards reducing the amount of resources HW uses.
Harvard-Westlake Miles of Smiles Club (HWMoS) (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Chan)
The Harvard-Westlake Miles of Smiles Club strives to help the children at Children's Hospital Los Angeles receive necessary medical care. Throughout the year, we hold various fundraisers, with all proceeds going towards the Children's Hospital LA's Helping Hands Fund. The Helping Hands Fund strives to help children regardless of their family's financial situation, and our goal is to raise awareness about these children in order to help them to the best of our ability.
Harvard-Westlake Outreach Performers (HWOP) (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Essex)
Harvard-Westlake Outreach Performers is a club that brings art to communities that might not otherwise have it. We rehearse as a company to produce shows for elementary schools and senior citizen homes that will enrich our audience's everyday lives. Our main goal is to share our love of art and being creative with our Los Angeles community through the songs, improv games, arts and crafts, and many more activities that we do when we perform. We know how much a community can benefit from art, and getting to share our love of art with those who need it most is an amazing experience.
Heal the Bay Club (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Gasparino)
Heal the Bay Club aims to get students involved in cleaning the beaches of LA and preserving the coastal community. We hope to spread awareness of the dangers of trashing the beaches and how much we can help by cleaning the beach for one afternoon. We have fun HW cleanups open to the whole community planned throughout the year.
Human Rights Watch: Student Task Force (Faculty Advisor: TBD)
Human Rights Watch: Student Task Force is a group of students who work together to both educate themselves and the Harvard-Westlake student body about human rights conflicts in our history and in the present day. We discuss not only events in the past and present but also formulate our own opinions about them. We hold events to get our community at large thinking too, so that together, we can help in whatever ways we can.
HW Poverty Relief (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robles)
HW Poverty Relief is the Harvard-Westlake representation for organizations whose goal is to end the injustice of poverty across the world. We organize fundraisers to provide families with shelter and children with education, as well as promote discussion about the extremity of poverty and hunger as members of a privileged school.
Immigration and Citizenship Assistance Club (Faculty Advisor: Sra. Garcia)
Members of the Immigration and Citizenship Assistance Club will volunteer at monthly clinics, where they will assist Spanish-speaking immigrants through the lengthy citizenship application process. Harvard-Westlake students learning Spanish at school will be able to apply their skills to a situation that really matters and earn service hours.
Justin Carr's Dare to Dream Workshop (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Jones)
JCD2DW is a community service club in which Harvard-Westlake students embrace Justin Carr’s (HW ’14) dream of bringing the arts to children in public schools. As a club, we tutor kids in mathematics and have fun with the visual arts at the Frank D. Parent Elementary School one Saturday a month. Come join to create precious memories and volunteer for a purpose beyond ourselves.
Peer Support (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wasson, Ms. McGraw)
Peer Support is for Harvard-Westlake students to seek out their peers when they are experiencing some frustration, worry or concern. Students want to help each other, yet they often do not know how or what to do. Peer Support leaders are trained to provide many of these services and relationships.
Sign Language Club (Faculty Advisor: Mr. Chen)
The Sign Language Club will teach students American Sign Language (ASL). We will cover basic topics that are relatable to the Harvard-Westlake student body. A great way to learn sign language is through signing songs, and therefore we are planning to use music as a tool for teaching this language. Through making sign language song covers our club members will be able to learn signs through a fun and enjoyable method. To understand deaf culture, we will watch inspiring sign language-related movies and videos. Also, we would love to utilize our location in Los Angeles to spread awareness of deaf culture. There are many deaf events and sign language opportunities in Los Angeles that our club would love to attend.
Teen Court (Faculty Advisor: Ms. Cuseo)
A system of early intervention for teenage offenders who commit minor crimes, Teen Court is designed to prevent further wrongdoing while providing a constructive opportunity for both the offenders and volunteers involved. A judicial officer presides over the Teen Court, which has a jury of those selected from the high school in which the court takes place. The jury has the opportunity to question the offender and recommend a verdict and sentence, and the judicial officer officially rules on their recommendation. Once the sentence has been completed, the offender has the crime wiped from his or her record. As a result, these offenders are diverted from the juvenile justice system, thus reducing recidivism rates and fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the legal field. Students who participate in this program will have the opportunity to work closely with legal professionals and gain valuable firsthand experience with the law.
TriSci (Faculty Advisor: TBD)
TriSCI aims to develop and provide programs to promote the confidence of children from underrepresented groups in the sciences. TriSci uses a three pronged approach to increase children's interest in science. Each girl begins as a Student exploring a topic, then becomes a Collaborator participating in a group challenge, and finally acts as a Instructor to friends and family (with a recreatable, take-home experiment).
Type None (Faculty Advisor: TBD)
Type None works in conjunction with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to provide awareness of what life is like with Type-One diabetes and education about the illness itself to those in the community who are indirectly or immediately affected by it, as well as to anyone else who is interested. The heart of the club will be participation in a variety of outreach opportunities and fundraisers, whose proceeds will contribute to researching a cure for the millions who are forced to fit themselves into the identity of “diabetic."
Youth Ending Hunger (Faculty Advisor: TBD)
The Youth Ending Hunger Club helps HW students give back to the community at large and form bonds with people they may not encounter in their day-to-day lives by cooking and serving dinner at the Ocean Park Community Center homeless shelter.