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VolunTEENS

A special opportunity for high school students between the ages of 14-16 to get their hands wet and earn hours.

Our special youth program is offered three times a year. Youth between the ages of 14 and 16 are eligible to participate in a highly structured 80-hour program. Those who are selected after a competitive application process receive special instruction on many aspects of marine life and the Pacific Ocean; in turn, they share this information with guests at interactive stations in each gallery. These hours do qualify for service learning, but the student gets so much more!

Fall and spring session VolunTEENS are on-site for 8 hours each weekend for ten weekends. Our summer session for VolunTEENS is two days a week for five hours each day for eight weeks. The program includes on-going training on the Aquarium, its animals and habitats, and on development of exhibit interpretation skills.

What do VolunTEENS do?

VolunTEENS are trained to interpret to our guests about the Aquarium, its inhabitants and ecosystem. Participants will receive special instruction on many aspects of marine life and the Pacific Ocean; in turn, they share this information with guests at interactive stations in each gallery. At the end of their volunteer commitment, each student will have gained the necessary skills for interpretation, public speaking, and literary research. These skills will allow them to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitant, and ecosystems. They will have also gained the level of skill to become an exhibit interpreter in our education department. At the end of the programs duration, VolunTEENS will produce a final presentation that exhibits what they have gained from this program. VolunTEENS does not offer animal care or animal training opportunities.

Requirements:

  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be between the ages of 14 to 16
  • Complete an application
  • Submit a typed essay on why you should be selected for this program
  • Submit two letters of recommendations
  • Participate in an interview process
  • If accepted, complete the required training

If you are interested fill out the VolunTEEN Application request form to get started.

Spring 2014 Session

  • Applications Deadline: January 31
  • Program Start Date*: March 1

Summer 2014 Session

  • Applications Deadline: April 25
  • Program Start Date*: June 23

Fall 2014 Session

  • Applications Deadline: September 26
  • Program Start Date*: November 8

*Program start dates are subject to change

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