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 below. Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the Volunteer Application. If you have specific questions, please contact us.
1Youth and Parent Volunteering (Ages 13-15)
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.
Make sure that both parent and child fill out an application and sign up for the same shift!
2Lab & Community Programs Youth Volunteers (Ages 16+)
Youth ages 16 and up are welcome to volunteer at the Lab and 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.
The Children’s Science Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to instill the love of STEM learning in all children, is seeking interns and volunteers for its Latina SciGirls program. The PBS-designed program showcases STEM learning in Latinas through the incorporation of hands-on activities, multi-media tools, and exposure to accomplished Latina STEM mentors. Over the course of eight weeks, forty participants in grades 3-5 will convene at the Children’s Science Center Lab (11948 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA) to investigate STEM topics ranging from buoyancy to animal habitats to forensic science.
Latina SciGirls will run every Friday evening beginning September 28th to November 16th, with volunteer assistance needed weekly from 5-8:30 PM. We are looking for dedicated individuals who have an interest in STEM and youth development to assist in the dissemination of our STEM curriculum. Spanish proficiency is desired, but not required. All applicants must be 16 years or older and provide their own transportation. The Children’s Science Center will provide all necessary curriculum activities and dinner each week. A mandatory training session will be held on September 23rd (4-6PM at the Children’s Science Center Lab) to familiarize volunteers with the program and its curriculum. Volunteers who commit to all eight weeks of service will qualify as interns. At a minimum, volunteers must attend at least four sessions within the above-mentioned program period. Interested individuals should contact Program Coordinator Traci McGillicuddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
4Youth 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.