Youth Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities
The Children’s Science Center offers our youth several different opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership skills. Depending on your age, interest, and time available to volunteer, there are a variety of options. Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the Volunteer Application. If you have specific questions, please contact us.
Youth and Parent Volunteering
Youth between the ages of 13 and 15 are welcome to volunteer with an engaged adult at the Lab or at weekend community events. Both the youth and adult are expected to maintain a Volunteer Matters profile and sign up for the same shift. Each member of the volunteer pair is expected to stay for the entire shift and work as a team at the activity to which they are assigned. We request that each volunteer attend one training session each year (this does not have to happen prior to volunteering for the first time). For community programs, volunteers will receive an instruction packet detailing the logistics for the event, information about the activity to which they were assigned, and emergency contact numbers for event organizers. At the Lab, parent and youth teams support behind the scenes operations including stocking experiment and activity supplies.
Community Programs Youth Volunteers
Youth ages 16 and up are welcome to volunteer for Community Programs events like Family Science Night that occur throughout the region at locals schools and other weekend community events. We request that every volunteer provide their own transportation. We request that each volunteer attend one training session each year (this does not have to happen prior to volunteering for the first time). Volunteers will receive an instruction packet detailing the logistics for the event, information about the activity to which they were assigned, and emergency contact numbers for event organizers.
Seasonal STEM Camp Education Internships
Lab Youth Volunteers and Summer Interns
Youth ages 16 and up are welcome to volunteer at the Children’s Science Center Lab. Engage guests and provide support to education staff during daily operations at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall. Advance instructions and/or training will be provided.
Lab Summer Interns will learn what it takes to facilitate activities and events at the Children’s Science Center Lab while gaining valuable experience as they work with a mentor to complete and present an activity design project. See full description.
- Send a cover letter detailing your qualifications and reasons for interest in this position along with a resume to Internships@ChildSci.org. Include “LAB Summer Intern” in the Subject Line. These documents must be received by May 1.
- You will be contacted to schedule an interview if your Letter and Resume are selected for further consideration.
- You will be notified by June 1 if you have been accepted into the LAB Summer Intern Program.
Lab Camp Intern will assist the Educator and Programs Coordinator in weekly summer STEM Camp at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall. Camps run weekly from June 26, through August 21, 2017. Must be available for at least ONE week session. See full description.
1. Send cover letter detailing reasons for interest in position and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Summer STEM Camp Intern” in the subject line. Must be received by May 26.
Youth Leadership Corps
The Youth Leadership Corps program is designed for junior high students (grades 6th-8th) with high school students serving as leaders in the group. We meet once a week 6:30-8:00 pm alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays to work on projects for the Lab, experiments, citizen science, and prepare for volunteer opportunities at Family Science Nights. Students will earn volunteer hours during many of these activities. Our purpose is to develop leadership skills, build community and have fun while we engage in contributing to the mission of the Children’s Science Center… for kids by kids.
Those interested can contact Scott Dietrick, our Youth Programs Coordinator, at email@example.com or complete an application form at https://childsci.org/youth-leadership-corps-application/.
Youth Ambassadors help us spread the word about the Children’s Science Center through a variety of different activities depending on our needs as well as the age, interest and aptitude of the child. In the past, Youth Ambassadors have been speakers and greeters at our fundraising and informational events, created drawings or models of their vision for the Center, participated in a video shoot, interviewed scientists and more. Activities and time commitment vary throughout the year.