The Teen Volunteer Program requires commitment from the teen, parent/guardian, as well as the institution in order for everyone to have a positive experience. Parents and applicants: please read the contract below that outlines the expectations and requirements for the Teen Volunteer Program and sign at the bottom of the following page. By signing this document, both the parent and applicant state that they understand the requirements and commitment necessary to be part of this program.
As a member of Longwood’s Teen Volunteer Program I will:
- Make the Teen Volunteer Program a priority.
- Be open to learning and practicing new skills.
- Act in a friendly and professional manner with all staff members and visitors in the Gardens.
- Dress appropriately for the job (comfortable footwear, pants/shorts that follow school dress codes, Longwood-provided t-shirt).
- Respond promptly to emails or phone calls regarding the Longwood Teen Volunteer Program.
- NOT use any electronic device, including phones or iPod/mp3 players, while volunteering.
- Actively participate in two training sessions and the end of the summer closing and celebration.
- Give at least 24 hours’ notice if I cannot complete my regular shift.
- Alert the Teen Volunteer Coordinator if I trade any of my shifts with another Teen Volunteer.
- Arrive 15 minutes before my shift and check in Teen Volunteer Program Coordinator.
- Recognize that I will not be paid or compensated for my participation in this program.
As the parent/guardian of a Longwood Teen Volunteer I will:
- Make the Longwood Teen Volunteer Program a priority in my teenager’s life.
- Expect my teen to be responsible for their volunteering shifts and training.
- Commit to assisting my teenager in attending all shifts and trainings.
- Ensure that my teenager is the primary communicator with the Longwood Teen Volunteer Coordinator and Longwood staff members.
The Longwood Teen Volunteer Program will:
- Provide a positive, enriching experience for each teen.
- Provide a safe learning and working environment that allows each teen to grow as a volunteer.
- Communicate with all Teen Volunteers in multiple ways, including via phone, email, and in person.
- Communicate openly with parents/guardians of Teen Volunteers.
- Implement a three-chance policy, allowing for students to make mistakes as they learn and grow.
- Provide a t-shirt to be worn at all shifts (this t-shirt is not to be altered in any way).
- Provide training in volunteerism and interpretation to enable the Teen Volunteers to learn and grow, as well as provide an extraordinary guest experience for visitors to Longwood Gardens.
- Provide letters of recommendation and records of volunteer hours as requested.