It's a busy summer for Zoo Atlanta's largest Volunteen force ever
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
More than 100 teen volunteers are lending helping hands this year
ATLANTA – June 24, 2014 – Looking for enthusiasm in action at Zoo Atlanta? Look for the red shirts. A record number of young people will serve in the Volunteen Program presented by State Street Global Advisors this year, with more than 100 teens on Zoo grounds after a week of hands-on training earlier this month. The Zoo’s volunteer program for youths ages 14 to 17 builds leadership, professional and interpersonal skills while fostering responsibility, customer service and commitment.
“We’re thrilled to look around the Zoo and see so many of these young people at work. As a nonprofit organization, Zoo Atlanta relies on volunteer services to provide an outstanding experience for our guests, and our Volunteens are a very special part of that volunteer force,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “Their energy is contagious, and their passion for wildlife is exceptional. We may very well be seeing career beginnings for the world’s next generation of zoologists, biologists, conservationists and educators.”
Zoo Atlanta Volunteers make invaluable contributions to the organization’s education, special events, guest experience and animal enrichment programs. Volunteers contributed nearly 59,000 service hours in 2013, the equivalent of $1.1 million and 26 full-time staff.
The Volunteen program offers incentives for experienced teens to serve in multiple program years. First-year Volunteens have opportunities to assist Zoo staff with Safari Day Camp, events and horticulture. Upon demonstrating responsibility and commitment, second-year Volunteens may begin broadening their experiences by assisting with animal care and husbandry.
The application for the 2015-2016 Volunteen service period will be available in January 2015. Visit the Volunteen page to learn more about the Volunteen Program.