It's finally here! Our supporters have been asking for a program for their children, grandchildren, neices, nephews, students, etc. to be able to come to PHS, volunteer, and receive community service credit (when necessary). We are finally able to make it happen!
Here ares some details on the program in general:
The Youth Volunteer Program is designed to give children too young to participate in our Adult Volunteer Program a chance to learn and work at PHS. Each day or set of times is three hours per age group and does have a specific outline of activities & expectations.
After check-in, the youth volunteers & their counselor/leader will gather together, review the rules and behavior expectations, then give an overview of the day's activities. For example, if it is a day of Tortoise & Turtle work, they will discuss the differences between turtles & tortoises, how to tell them apart, and important rules to know, like do not touch their face. After learning about the animals, their care needs, and other details for a brief time, the youth volunteers will then begin their work. At the conclusion of the animal care activities ("work"), they will gather again for a discussion. This quick discussion will help make sure the participants understand the value of their efforts and why it truly matters. It is also a chance for the youth volunteers to ask questions about the animals, why certain procedures were or were not done, etc.
While this is a community service opportunity, it is also a service learning opportunity. We believe that the participants should get more than just required hours of community service for their school or organization - we believe that they should be given the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience.
Because of different skills and knowledge levels of children of varying ages, we have broken our youth volunteer program up into two sections:
Hatchling Herpetologists & Herpetology Heroes. There are some important differences between the two, so if you plan on enrolling your child, please make sure you find the correct one for their age.
Hatchling Herpetologists are 9 - 11 years old and always meet from 9 am - 12 pm on the scheduled Youth Volunteer Days.
Herpetology Heroes are 12 - 15 years old and always meet from 1 - 4 pm on the scheduled Youth Volunteer Days.
PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES ARE FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR - DATES FOR THE 2017 - 2018 SCHOOL YEAR COMING VERY SOON!!!
Please note: Some dates have been cancelled. Since this is a new program, we want it to be of the best quality possible, and with other unforeseen on- or off- site things happening on certain days, if we cannot accomplish this, we have cancelled those youth volunteer dates. We will add dates for the summer as soon as possible. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause you and hope you will be able to join us for one of the other dates when we will still be hosting a Youth Volunteer Day!