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Teen Volunteer Program

The McWane Science Center Teen Volunteer Program offers year-round volunteer opportunities for teens who are interested in giving back, learning something new, and being part of an incredible team of young people. Teen Volunteers present hands-on science activities and demonstrations at interpretive stations and exhibits throughout the science center. You can also find Teen Volunteers assisting with Summer and Winter Camps where they act as role models and mentors, guiding young campers in STEM-related activities. In addition to inspiring a lifelong love of
learning and positively impacting the lives of our youth, Teen Volunteers gain valuable experience in public speaking, work ethic, customer service, and leadership.

Teen Volunteer Programs

School Year Teen Program

Our School Year Teen Program is a great first step for teens, 14 and older, who want to enter our volunteer program. This program runs from September to May with a rolling admission process. Applications are reviewed, interviews are set, and orientations are scheduled monthly. School Year Teens are expected to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours a month for at least 5 months.

2019-2020 School Year Teen Application

Summer Teen Program

If you love talking to people, have a passion for science, and are looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer, our McWane Science Center Summer Teen and Junior Teen Program is the right place for you! Students completing 8th-12th grades will apply for the Summer Teen Volunteer Program while students completing 6th-7th grades will apply for the Summer Junior Teen Volunteer Program. Summer Teen Volunteers are chosen based on a completed application, a resumé, two letters of recommendation, and an interview.

Applications for the 2019 Summer Teen Program are closed. Applications for 2020 Summer Teen Program will open in January 2020.

Summer Teen Program FAQs

Teen Volunteer Application Process

  1. Submit the online application with the necessary documents.
  2. Attend a 15-minute interview.
  3. Attend orientation and training sessions required by McWane Science Center Volunteer Services.


  • Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Parent/Guardian Meeting: May 13, 2019 or May 15, 2019, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Training Session Dates: May 28-29, 2019 or May 31-June 1, 2019
  • Summer Volunteer Social: TBD

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