The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP) is composed entirely of volunteers, and we always welcome another pair of helping hands. Join CHCP and volunteer to help in the following areas:
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what interests, skills, and/or experience you would like to share with CHCP.
CHCP is looking for high school and college students who are interested in becoming Student Docent ‘Cultural Ambassadors’ for CHCP events/activities as well as for its signature Chinese American Historical Museum.
An SDCAP Orientation / Training class is usually held in October each year. For 2021, the Orientation class will be held on Saturday, October 16. For more details, view the CHCP SDCAP Orientation event. Please contact SDCAP Chair Brenda Wong for information about 2021-2022 events and activities, including SDCAP Orientation. Click here to access contact information below.
High school and college students who have gone through the Orientation / Training class will receive many community service opportunities. One required service will be as a student docent in the Chinese American Historical Museum during a minimum of 2 museum openings of their choice, totaling 10 hours. Student volunteers can also earn hours by working any weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) CHCP special event or activity at History Park or another site (e.g. Children’s Discovery Museum or Westfield Valley Fair Mall to celebrate Lunar New Year). In May, a Certificate of Completion will be given to students who complete 20+ hours of community service.
Students will improve their self-confidence and speaking skills as they interact with and guide visitors through the museum and enrich their knowledge of Chinese history and culture at various CHCP historical and/or cultural events. There are also opportunities for Parent Team Volunteers where at least one parent participates with his/her teen, providing a fulfilling experience for both parent and teen.
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. In July 2019, CHCP became a certifying organization to track and certify service hours earning a PVSA Award within a 12-month period. For more details, access PVSA Information and CHCP Community Service Verification Form here (both in PDF format).
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a Student Docent Cultural Ambassador, please contact:
SDCAP Chair/CHCP Director Brenda Wong (email@example.com), (H) 408-946-4015 or (C) 408-228-2424.
Starting in 2017, SDCAP students participated in the Chinese American WWII Veterans of the China-Burma-India (CBI) War Theatre film project. The project’s goal is to produce and distribute a film with accompanying teacher curriculum guide to all U.S. History teachers within Santa Clara County. A subsequent project is to produce pop-up vinyl banners that also tell the hidden story of CBI for exhibition at public locations, such as malls, libraries, schools, and businesses. Donations for the production of the World War II project are greatly appreciated: if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this cause, please designate “WWII Project” when donating on our Donation page.
The slideshow below highlights Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program activities and accomplishments.