Baltimore, MD July 2019
$10,000 granted to the Baltimore Zoo for their Teen Volunteer Program. This grant will be used to waive registration fees for Baltimore City teens from low-income households. This program is a competitive and rigorous summer service learning program for teenagers ages 14-17. Teens come to the Zoo four full days per week where they engage in classroom activities and hands-on service projects.
The Zoo’s Teen Volunteer program prepares youth for roles that require a high level of knowledge, service, and responsibility.
By participating in the program, teenagers receive the satisfaction of a meaningful contribution of service, as well as the
- To interact with Zoo staff to get a “behind the scenes” perspective on the Zoo and conservation work
- To work together with other young people with similar interests
- To hold leadership positions that assist in developing future teen activities and service projects
- Provides teen volunteers with experiences and career skills that open up new opportunities for jobs and higher education, as well as provide service to Baltimore communities and Zoo visitors.
“It was nice that our foundation can provide funds that help youth in the communities we serve. Teaching life skills that will help them in the future. As well as connecting with our MECU partners”