The Palm Beach Zoo is announcing online applications are now available for twenty spots within the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC). Youth ages 14-17 can apply online by printing out an online registration form and sending in the application, along with all required material. This is the second year for the program, and more than half of the volunteers from last year are returning again this year, proving its success.
“We are proud of the progress we have made within this inaugural year,” said Joe Landmichl, Volunteer Services Manager. “I was inspired to begin the Youth Volunteer Corps here at Palm Beach Zoo after participating in a similar one when I was fifteen. The positive impact that young people receive by volunteering at the Zoo spills over into their schooling and everyday lives.”
One YVC volunteer, 16-year-old high school junior Alex Yanes, already has 570 service hours with the Zoo. He said, “As a volunteer serving the organization for almost a year now, I have learned more about the role I have in the local community. It's been great how I have interacted with various kinds of events and citizens that I haven't seen before. I feel I have made a mark in this zoo, which shows I can really do a lot!”
Kristen Wentz, a 17-year-old high school senior, also plans to participate with YVC again. She said, “My experience at the Palm Beach Zoo has been better than I could ever imagine. It is an amazing place to interact with people, make lasting friends and expand your knowledge. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to volunteer my time.”
An informational seminar about YVC will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. An RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org before the seminar, which will be held at the Palm Beach County Library Main Branch at 3650 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
Deadline to apply for YVC is February 10, 2014, and space is limited to a total of 45 participants, with 25 spots already taken from returning volunteers. To find out more about the YVC, contact the Zoo, or download the application here: www.palmbeachzoo.org/youth-volunteer-corps