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 through elementary school in a museum setting, volunteers will learn about specific program content from science to art. The volunteer program is summarized as follows:
- Leadership: High school volunteers take the lead on planning and carrying out a spring project, held in April.
- 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.
Candidates must be available to help with 5 half days of camp during school holidays, and volunteer on weekends, which is the equivalent of a 65-hour commitment. Candidates must also be able to attend all Leadership Nights (October-November and February-April), generally held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
“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 September 13. The interview session for the High School Volunteer Leadership Program will occur on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00pm. Candidates must be available for the interview session to be considered for the program. Applicants will learn the final status of their applications by Friday, September 21.
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 Heritage Green Parking Garage is located between the Hughes Main Library and the Greenville Little Theater. Validated parking is provided by the museum for the volunteer.
Special skills or qualifications
Parent/Guardian Consent Form
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.