Junior Volunteer Program

This year, Children’s Museum of Illinois is offering two different volunteer tracks: Junior Educators and Junior Gardeners.

Children’s Museum of Illinois is now accepting applications for our Junior Volunteer (JV) Program. Youth going into 8th-10th grades in 2017 that are searching for a way to be active in their community, learn important job skills, and make new friends are encouraged to apply. Both tracks will help develop skills in responsibility, cooperation, and critical thinking skills.

Applicants must:

  • Be entering 8th-10th grades in 2017
  • Commit to one 3-hour shift once a week during 
  • Purchase a Museum T-shirt for $10 (returning volunteers can wear their current shirts)
  • Attend mandatory training sessions (March for Junior Gardeners & May for Junior Educators)

Junior Gardeners (May – September)

Our Junior Gardener option begins in March and ends in September. Our JV Gardeners are responsible for the Museum’s vegetable and pollinator gardens. Volunteers will work closely with a Master Gardener and become a Junior Master Gardener through Macon County’s 4H program. They will learn how to plan, care for, and harvest various vegetables, fruits, and flowers. This program is perfect for youth that would like to be outdoors and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.

Volunteers can:

  • plan, grow, maintain, and harvest a vegetable and pollinator garden
  • plan and plant short-term floral displays

Junior Educators (June – July)

Junior Educators will be trained in May and begin working with the Museum’s Summer Camp program June through July. JVs in this program will learn about child development, learn how to lead games and activities, and assist Museum Educators in hosting Summer Camp. This program is wonderful for youth that are interested in working with children in the future and don’t mind being goofy from time to time.

Volunteers can:

  • Learn to plan and lead games for youth
  • Work directly with children at our Summer Day Camp program
  • Learn about child development and group management

Download 2017 Junior Volunteer Application HERE