The Teen Club is ideal for animal-loving teens, ages 12-15, who have an interest and passion for helping animals. It is a comprehensive, limited space program and requires participants to be enrolled at the start of the school year. This fun and informative program focuses on developing teens to become responsible citizens and future volunteers at the Humane Society of Sarasota County.
The Goals and Objectives of the Teen Club are:
- To develop leadership skills and a service ethic in a non-profit environment.
- To celebrate and explore the power of animal companionship, including the importance and benefits of the human/animal bond.
- To learn current best practices in companion animal care and training.
- To receive training and preparation for volunteer service opportunities at the Humane Society of Sarasota County.
The Teen Club (TC) is a combination of classroom, hands-on activities and service learning activities. TC offers students a fun, interactive, social arena where their concern for others, both humans and animals, will be fostered. They will be encouraged to work with one another, actively participate in meetings, and conduct independent service projects on behalf of HSSC. All animal interactions will be structured and supervised to ensure young people have a safe and fun experience. Membership to the TC is limited and by application only and teens must apply before the school year begins.
All interested teens must complete and submit an application form for the TC. Teens will be notified whether they have been selected to participate in the Teen Club by email. Unfortunately, not all teens who apply will be selected to join the TC. Teens will be selected from diverse backgrounds and decisions will be based on essay responses. There is a one-time $30 membership fee to cover the cost of an HSSC volunteer shirt, name badge and training.
Due to the popularity of the Teen Club the first one has filled and we are adding a second club. This Teen Club meets from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month from September to May. Applications are due before the school year begins and space is limited. Teens who are accepted into the program after the September meeting will be required to attend a K-9 or Feline Orientation prior to the October meeting.