The 2017-2018 school year is in full swing, and that means that many students are looking for volunteer opportunities. Students may have required volunteer hours to graduate from their school or volunteer hours required for participation in a group or club, such as the National Honor Society. Students may also volunteer to gain experience that they can later use to get a job, or more importantly, because they feel passionately about service in their community. Students often use their volunteerism to make their college application stand out from the crowd. According to Carlos Cano, Admissions Counselor at William Paterson College, volunteering can be an important way to get a college to consider you more seriously. “Volunteering shows you’re engaged in your community…(and) shows your time management skills.”
Many of WOW!’s teen volunteers remember coming to the Museum as young children themselves, and look forward to coming back and having fun again! Over and over we hear that students are happy to see kids enjoying some of their favorite exhibits from their own childhood, like the Pirate Ship, Bubbles, and Pulley Chairs. Coming back to volunteer when they are older gives these teens the chance to share the joy that they experienced when they were young while being of service to their community. In the case of two of our current teen volunteers, it gives them a chance to come back to the place that they met when they were three years old and volunteer together now as best friends!
No matter what drives a student to volunteer at WOW! Children’s Museum, we are happy to have them here. We are accommodating of school schedules and hours requirements. We are happy to sign off on required hours and provide recommendations and referrals for our volunteers. In short, we are thrilled to have them be a part of our team!
For questions about student volunteering, contact Kim Brown, Volunteer Director.