This summer, the Virginia Discovery Museum once again hosted the Museum Teen Volunteer Program. We received a record number of applications and accepted 38 volunteers representing 5 high schools in the Charlottesville area. These enthusiastic teens attended an orientation session where they learned all about the museum and its mission. Then, serving as Gallery Volunteers, summer camp assistants, and Date Night helpers, they interacted directly with the visitors creating a fun, safe, and educational environment in the museum.
During the hectic and hot summer months, the staff relies on the MTV program to help monitor the atmosphere in the museum. We had a great group of teen volunteers this year and the staff could not be more grateful for their hard work. They volunteered a total of 945 hours over the summer. That’s tremendous! The volunteers gained some valuable work experience, met new people, and had fun during their time with us. Several of the teen volunteers aim to continue dedicating their time to the museum during the upcoming school year. We wish them luck in the fall season and hope that they will stay in touch with the Virginia Discovery Museum. Many thanks to the Museum Teen Volunteers!