Youth volunteers ages 10-18 sought for 2016 season; application deadline Jan. 8

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The deadline for youth ages 10-18 to apply for a youth volunteer position at Conner Prairie in 2016 is midnight Jan. 8.

Staff Report

Conner Prairie is looking for enthusiastic youth to join its youth volunteer program for the 2016 season. The program teaches youth ages 10-18 history and skills in a hands-on, immersive and fun environment.

Youth volunteer in both historic costumes and modern clothes in Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, Animal Encounters, Civil War Journey, the textiles department and more. Youth also volunteer at special events that Conner Prairie stages throughout the year.

Young volunteers enjoy learning about history and science, leading people and activities, public speaking and hard work. Youth are required to volunteer for one full year and achieve a minimum of 120 hours.

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Conner Prairie youth volunteer in both historic costumes and modern clothes in Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, Animal Encounters, Civil War Journey, the textiles department and more.

“Youth learn history in a hands-on, fun environment. But the program also focuses on character development,” said Conner Prairie Youth Experience Manager Sarah Morin. “When we poll the youth and their parents at the end of each year, their biggest takeaways are confidence, work ethic, communication skills and teamwork. There is ample opportunity for youth to learn from adult mentors and to be mentors themselves to other youth.”

The application process is a competitive one, with hundreds of youth competing for just 100 spots. The minimum age for a youth volunteer is 10 and applicants must turn 10 on or before April 1. Learn more about Conner Prairie’s youth volunteer program. The application deadline is midnight Jan. 8. No late applications will be accepted.

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Conner Prairie youth volunteers in 2015 volunteered a total of 19,577 hours.