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Become a volunteer advocate for survivors of sexual assault. 

Use your power to empower survivors. 

Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocate 

YWCA Greater Los Angeles, SACS Volunteers, assist with answering our crisis line and responding in person to one of our SART centers to support survivors during a forensic medical exam. Volunteers who are bilingual in Spanish are highly encouraged to join


Advocates commit to completing a minimum of four (six-hour) shifts a month. 

Monday through Friday shifts: 6:00 pm to midnight and midnight to 6:00 am.

 Weekend shifts: midnight to 6 am, 6 am to noon, noon to 6 pm, and 6 pm to midnight. 


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Pass a Background Check 
  • Reliable Phone 
  • Reliable Transportation 
  • Must live in LA County (Prefer community members from the South Bay area)
  • Complete 56-hour Training (provided by YWCA GLA)
  • Attend monthly volunteer meetings
  • A minimum of a one-year commitment


  • Be part of an international organization
  • Give back to your community impacted by violence
  • Grow personally and professionally 
  • Receive a letter of recommendation
  • No previous experience required


“This work is important to me because I do not want any survivor of sexual assault to feel alone, isolated, or dismissed. I believe in survivors and want to stand with them. It is an honor and responsibility to be one of the first friendly faces they may see after such a traumatic event. I want survivors to feel supported and safe as they begin their healing process journey. I have never done something so difficult yet so fulfilling before.” 

“I became an advocate after discovering that this type of program and services existed. Going through my own adversities, I didn’t want others to feel like they were alone. Believing them and showing them kindness is the only thing I can sometimes do. Because not everyone receives humanity.”

Training Dates

YWCA Greater Los Angeles, SACS hosts their “56-hour Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Training” three times a year. This training is provided for free for all volunteers.   

  • February – March 

Weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday, 6 pm – 9: 30 pm

  • June – July 

Weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday, 1 pm – 5 pm

This summer training is specifically for professional development; a training fee may apply. 

  • September – October 

Weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday, 6 pm – 9: 30 pm

To Apply Fill form below:

Please contact one of our SART Coordinators if you have any questions. 

Yisel Lopez

(213) 543- 9134