Chances are The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore isn’t the first place you might think about visiting to learn how to successfully run a nonprofit organization. But that’s exactly the aim of the Teen Leaders Institute, a winter-long service learning program offered to high school juniors and seniors looking for experience with skills needed to run a successful nonprofit. For eight Saturday mornings from Jan. 30 through Mar. 19, 2016, Institute students will participate in hands-on learning activities, group service projects, and presentations to develop job readiness skills such as event planning, finance, marketing, human resources, customer services, and volunteer management. It’s a great place to learn universal skills, too, like public speaking, team work, problem-solving, resume writing, and leadership. And successful participants are eligible to apply for a paid summer work experience at the zoo.
Applicants must complete an online application and participate in an interview with zoo staff. Applications must be received by Monday, Dec. 12, 2015. To apply for the 2016 Teen Leaders Institute, visit www.marylandzoo.org/teenleaders. For more information, call 443-552-5266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.