Applications are being accepted for the Youth Volunteer Corps. Kids from 14 to 17 can work the Zoo's summer camp.
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If you have a teen who loves animals, the Palm Beach Zoo may have something perfect for them.
The zoo has launched the Youth Volunteer Corps, or YVC, just for kids ages 14 to 17. Palm Beach Zoo spokeswoman Aileen Van Pelt says it's a great program for the younger kids, as she describes them, "those who can't work yet, but are also interested in the zoo and want to learn all about what goes on here and the inner workings and things like that."
For the older kids, it could be of big help in their college hunt. "When you're filling out your application for college, they want to look at community service and what you've done in your community and leadership skills and you're going to learn all of that here at the zoo."
Van Pelt says they're not taking just anyone for this program, "This is a hard core application...we're very serious about who we're going to choose for our youth volunteers." She says teens should be committed to the zoo's mission and serve as ambassadors to the animals in their care.
The program has two opportunities for volunteers, "animal interpretation" and "camp". Listen to our interview with Aileen Van Pelt for more on this and Click Here to submit an application.