The High School Volunteer Leadership Program aims to enable teens to build critical thinking and leadership skills while working closely with museum staff. Besides gaining critical knowledge about early childhood in a museum setting, volunteers will learn about specific program content from science to art. The volunteer program is summarized as follows:
- Leadership: Lead at least one lesson during a morning of camp
- Teaching Skills: Learn to teach a lesson to preschool campers
- Collaboration: Learn what it takes to work together with individuals from diverse backgrounds and what can be accomplished when working as a team
- Social Skills: Enhance the ability to interact with others
The 2019 Summer Session focuses on programs held at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate-Spartanburg. Candidates must be available during the summer for a minimum of 4 volunteer shifts on Saturdays of their choice and for 1 camp volunteer shift on a Monday morning from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, which is the equivalent of a 16-hour commitment. Candidates must also be able to participate in volunteer development at one of two Leadership Nights, held on June 18th and July 30th from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM, at TCMU-Spartanburg.
Candidates must complete the application process as well as provide their two references by the given deadlines to proceed to the interview session. The deadline for the online application and references is May 7. The interview session for the High School Volunteer Leadership Program will occur on May 9 at 6:00pm at TCMU-Spartanburg. Candidates must be available for the interview session to be considered for the program. Applicants will learn the final status of their applications in early May and attend orientation at the Spartanburg museum.
Due to limited space in the employee parking lot, candidates who are selected for the program will need to find parking when volunteering at the museum. The Magnolia Street Parking Garage is located on Magnolia Street, across from the museum. Validated parking is provided by the museum for the volunteer.
Programs on Saturdays are the priority for the summer session. Volunteer shifts are largely scheduled for camps on Monday mornings and for programs on Saturdays.
Special skills or qualifications
In order for your teen to participate in the High School Volunteer Leadership Program at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, we must have your written consent. To provide the best service possible, it is important that our teens honor their work schedule commitment by being on time and having reliable transportation.
I give my support and approval for my teen to participate in The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s High School Volunteer Leadership Program. I also consent for him/her to participate in any field trips and collaborative projects that the museum may coordinate. I understand that it is my responsibility to arrange for or provide transportation for the aforementioned High School Leadership Program participant to all training sessions and scheduled shifts. I realize that missing training or shifts or repeated tardiness can result in termination from the program.
Medical Liability/ Permission
By signing this application, I agree to the following:
That participating as an Volunteer in programs, recreation and other activities of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is a privilege. I acknowledge that there are certain risks associated with these activities including physical injury and illness. I also expressly assume all risks while participating in the activities, whether such risks are known or unknown to me at this time. I further release the museum and its leaders, employees, volunteers and agents from any claim that I may have against them as a result of injury or illness incurred during the course of Volunteering. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, in the event of an accident or injury, will notify emergency contacts, to secure emergency medical attention, and to disclose information as TCMU deems necessary to secure such emergency medical attention. I am fully immunized and inoculated as required by law, including Tetanus boosters and, to the best of my knowledge; I do not have any communicable diseases that have not been disclosed in this form.
Please read and sign:
I certify that the information provided in this application is true and correct, and has been given voluntarily. I understand that this information may be disclosed to any party with legal or proper interest, and I release The Children’s Museum of the Upstate from any liability whatsoever for supplying such information. I understand that I will not be paid or otherwise compensated for my services as a Volunteer. I agree to abide by any and all museum policies and understand that if I do not abide by museum policies, rules, and regulations, I may be dismissed from my position as a Volunteer.