CHEER San Francisco is on the constant lookout for talented and passionate individuals to join our family of volunteers. If you’re ready to have a blast while making a difference in your community, then consider volunteering with our exciting philanthropic organization.
Performing Volunteers serve as the face of CHEER SF -- literally! Our Performers thrill crowds and raise spirits with stunning choreography and dynamic stunt routines. NEW for our 40th year, CHEER SF is providing two opportunities to perform. SPIRIT is our newly formed performance team that will be adding, you guessed it, spirit to our events through dance routines and crowd engagement!
Production Volunteers work behind-the-scenes to ensure the success of our fundraising and performance operations. Our Production Volunteers coordinate the logistics of our performances while engaging with fans and supporters at our events.
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CHEER SF’s performances grow consistently in quality and level of difficulty thanks to the hard work of our Performing Volunteers and our outstanding coaching staff. While previous dance, cheerleading, stunting, and gymnastics experience can certainly help an applicant, equally important are a positive attitude and an aptitude for teamwork. All who try out as Performers are expected to possess a willingness to learn, the ability to follow through on commitments, and a dazzling smile ready to inspire countless adoring fans. Additionally, Performing Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years of age and maintain a level of physical fitness sufficient to withstand the rigors of performing.
CHEER SF’s organization operates like a well-oiled machine thanks to the tireless work of our Production Volunteers. Production Volunteers coordinate CHEER SF’s logistical elements, network with outside organizations, and build and maintain relationships to secure donations and sponsorships. Strong communications skills are required of Production Volunteers as they are tasked frequently with communicating with one another through electronic channels, such as email and online collaboration platforms. All Production Volunteers are required to be at least 18 years of age.
CHEER San Francisco is in the community participating in events and fundraising for charity 365 days a year and we require all Volunteers Team Members to commit to a one-year minimum term.
Performing Volunteer Practices
Performing Volunteers are required to attend weekly practice every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm at Head Over Heels Athletic Arts in Emeryville, CA. Additional practices might be deemed mandatory with the time and location determined on a case-by-case basis.
Production Volunteer Meetings
Production Volunteers enjoy more flexibility in their schedules, meeting the 2nd and last Tuesday of each month from 730pm to 10pm at Head Over Heels Athletic Arts in Emeryville, CA. Additional practices might be deemed mandatory with the time and location determined on a case-by-case basis.
Breaks From Practice/Meetings
The team enjoys a short break from mandatory practices and meeting from mid-November through early January, and again from July 5th through early August.
All first-year Performing Volunteers must attend Cheer Camp at which collegiate-level cheerleading skills are taught by licensed instructional staff. Returning Performing Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend but not required. Cheer Camp is typically scheduled on a weekend sometime between mid-August and late September.
Each season ALL volunteers are expected to participate in:
8 Mandatory events (events are prescheduled)
10-15 Elective events (events are selected at your discretion)
1 Weekend Practice (usually in April/May)
Since CHEER SF is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, the related costs borne by all volunteers are tax-deductible. We urge our volunteers to consult with their tax professionals to verify the tax-deductibility of related expenses.
First-year Performing & Production volunteers must purchase CHEER SF’s official Team Uniform and other required “Cheer Wear” items at an approximate total cost of $450. Note that we typically change the design of the Team Uniforms once every four years, so the bulk of this up-front cost is not an annual expense.
CHEER SF also requires a $200 participation due from both new and continuing volunteers at the beginning of each season.
For Performing Volunteers, Cheer Camp is approximately $150.
All additional expenses relating to food, travel, and lodging are to be covered out-of-pocket by each individual.
How to Join
CHEER SF conducts a rigorous audition process for all volunteers to ensure that we enlist and retain the best possible talent who will sustain and advance our philanthropic organization. Please see below for details on what applicants may expect during auditions.
CHEER SF holds official auditions every summer. We hold workshops (Tryout Clinics) prior to auditions, and we teach applicants the basic elements of cheerleading including motions and elementary stunts. During the workshops, we also teach a short dance routine which applicants are asked to perform during tryouts. A short interview is the final part of the audition process.
Performing & Production Volunteers
All applicants are given the CHEER SF Handbook which outlines the expectations of all volunteers. CHEER SF also accepts new Performing and Production Volunteers throughout the year on a case-by-case basis for those who might have missed the official auditions in the summer. Interested individuals are encouraged to observe one of our practices. Please click the Join link below to submit your information.