Become a docent – also known as an exhibit interpreter – at the New York Aquarium and help staff exhibits, teach visitors about marine conservation, and assist at events and education programs! As a docent, you will have the opportunity to meet individuals from around the world and join a family of fellow volunteers, staff, and wildlife experts who share a passion for our natural world.
The Docent Program is open to anyone age 15 and older: high school students, college/grad students, and adults.
Docent responsibilities include:
- Speaking with aquarium visitors and giving exhibit chats using biological artifacts and other visual aids
- Assisting with the development and implementation of special events
- Staffing information and craft tables during special events on-site and off-site
- Assisting Education Department instructors with school and family programs
- Teaching visitors how to interact with horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other animals at our touch pools
- Conducting short marine conservation programs on the Coney Island Boardwalk outside of the aquarium entrance
To get involved, print and fill out an application. You must be at least 15 years or older to apply. Admission to the program is competitive. After an interview and orientation, accepted candidates must complete an intensive 7-day training course (see training schedule below).
Applications are being accepted now for the summer, academic year, and year-long docent opportunities. The training includes sessions on marine science, public speaking skills, and activities designed to foster good relations among docents. Applicants under age 18 must have a parent sign their application form and a teacher fill out the recommendation form.
- Summer Teen Docents (July 2, 2013–September 2, 2013)
Open to high school students, ages 15–18. Participants must volunteer two full days (6½ hours/day) per week at minimum, in order to complete a total of 120 service hours and 5 education hours. Days are flexible.
- Academic Year Teen Docents (September 15, 2013–June 30, 2014)
Open to high school students, ages 15–18. Participants must volunteer once every other week during volunteer shifts in the mornings (9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.), afternoons (1:00–5:00 p.m., weekends only), or full days (9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.), totaling 150 service hours and 5 education hours.
- Adult Docents (1 year from the start date)
Open to those out of high school, aged 18 years and older. Participants must volunteer either once a week during volunteer shifts in the mornings (9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) or afternoons (1:00–5:00 p.m., weekends only), OR full days (9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) once every other week, for 1 year, in addition to completing 5 education hours.
Application Process & Training Sessions
Applications are accepted each year from March 15–May 18, until 4:00 p.m on the 18th. Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will not be considered. An orientation and interview are mandatory. The NY Aquarium will call you to schedule an interview after they receive your application. Once accepted into the docent program, you will be required to attend the 7-day training courses, which take place from 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. each day:
|Summer Training Course
For summer and year-long docents
| Fall Training Course
For academic-year and year-long docents
|Saturday, June 22, 2013||Saturday, August 17, 2013|
|Sunday, June 23, 2013||Sunday, August 18, 2013|
|Thursday, June 27, 2013||Saturday, August 24, 2013|
|Friday, June 28, 2013||Sunday, August 25, 2013|
|Saturday, June 29, 2013||Saturday, September 7, 2013|
|Sunday, June 30, 2013||Sunday, September 8, 2013|
|Monday, July 1, 2013||Saturday, September 14, 2013|
If you have any questions, please call the volunteer office at (718) 265-3450, Saturday through Thursday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email email@example.com.
Support the 4th Annual Prom Drive to help financially challenged teens in Brooklyn attend their 2013 High School Prom through donations of gently used formal occasion attire. Cocktail and social dresses, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, suits, social occasion shoes, jewelry, accessories, unopened cosmetics and beauty products are welcome now until May 17th, 2013!
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
1121 Bedford Ave. – corner of Monroe St.
House of Art
408 Marcus Garvey Blvd. – between Halsey & Macon
361 Lewis Ave. – between Macon & Halsey St.
409 Lewis Ave. – corner of Decatur
445 Marcus Garvey Blvd.- corner of MacDonough
Chyna Doll House
421 Marcus Garvey Blvd.- between Halsey & Macon
Lily & Fig
727 Franklin Ave.- between Park Pl & Sterling Pl
shirley + alice
434 Marcus Garvey Blvd.- between MacDonough & Macon
Just Because Hair Therapy Salon
141 Carlton Ave.
For more information call 1-877-329-9953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pick-up.
Autism Speaks would like to thank supporters for the feedback they received from their 2012 walkers. Autism Speaks realized that they need to provide a safe, fun autism friendly environment for their constituents. So, they’ve moved the 2013 NYC Walk!
Join them at their new venue:
Citi Field in Flushing, NY
With the new venue, they need to ensure that every single person who is walking is registered on the website. This means children, grandma, friends; everyone will need to register. To ensure that you are registered, Autism Speaks will be asking everyone to wear a wristband on Walk day. To help eliminate any lines upon entering the venue, they will mail out the wristbands to the team captains two weeks prior to the walk with a list of all their team’s currently registered participants. Team captains will distribute the wristbands to their team and remind them to wear it on walk day! For participants with sensory issues, it is fine if another team member wears their wristband for them. It can also be placed on a bag or stroller; Autism Speaks just needs the wristband to be visible.
Join Autism Speaks as they walk to change the future for all who struggle with autism!
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is their single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead individuals to the answers they need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. – they need more volunteers to join the fight. Whether this is your first walk or the 10th, take the first step and register today. You will not only raise funds, but you will become a part of a fun and supportive family-focused community.
Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Help Autism Speaks change that! Start fundraising today. Whether you strive to join the new “Grand Club” (walkers that raise $1,000 or more) or sell lemonade to boost your total or create your own unique event, you become a part of the solution! Don’t wait another minute – start a corporate, school or family team today!
Autism Speaks looks forward to seeing you at the event!
On April 21, 2013, the 9/11 Memorial will host a 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and to encourage volunteerism. The 5K is 3.1 miles.
All funds raised through your participation in the 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk and Family Day will support the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum.
The Run/Walk and Family Day will take place in lower Manhattan, taking participants on a historic route passing important places that are part of the 9/11 story. The route will also symbolize how we came together to support one another in the aftermath of 9/11.
The date of the Run/Walk and Family Day – April 21 – marks the anniversary President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making 9/11 a day of service and volunteerism in the memory of the victims of the 2001 attacks.
Please register by April 2, 2013 for discounted early registration fees.
Many have been affected by 9/11, including Blanca Garcia, sister of Helen Garcia who lost her life on 9/11. Visit http://grouprev.com/inmemoryofhelen to participate in her team walk and/or donate to the cause.
Encourage volunteerism. #SupportUnites
Future Giants is a life preparation not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2003 to educate, encourage and empower young people between the ages of 11-21. Although their primary goal is to ensure that each young adult entering the program becomes 100% literate, Future Giants is more than an after-school or mentoring program. It is a place where young men and women can receive 1:1 support and encouragement with real life situations. Staffed mostly by volunteers and professionals, Future Giants serves as a temporary respite for young adults while helping them to reach their highest individual potential.
This holiday season, Future Giants is hosting a toy drive!
Help make Christmas memorable: Future Giants 2012 Holiday Toy Drive will collect new, unwrapped toys for children ages 2 to 12 through December 15th. Donate a new toy to the Future Giants 2012 Holiday Toy Drive today!
245 Lenox Ave (between 122nd and 123rd)
New York, NY 10027
Future Giants is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people.
‘Tis the season to be giving…
|The NYU Holiday Toy Drive
Make Christmas a little brighter for local children: the NYU Holiday Toy Drive will collect new, unwrapped toys and books (both online and in-person) for children ages four to 13 living in the East Village and the Lower East Side, and those attending the Herbert G. Birch Manhattan Early Childhood Center.
If you have any additional questions please contact the Office of Community Affairs at 212-998-2400.
NYU is collecting donations! Help make Thanksgiving enjoyable for families, despite the effects of Hurricane Sandy!
Date: Monday, November 19th, 2012
Location: New York University | Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, Suite 704
New York, NY 10012
Check the flyer below for more details:
The New York Cares Coat Drive is more important than ever in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. NYCares is aiming to collect a record 200,000 coats this year, and they need 50,000 coats immediately to distribute to New Yorkers in Staten Island, the Rockaways and other hard-hit areas.
Fact: In a normal year, 90% of homeless adults need a new, warm coat each winter because they have no place to keep one over the summer months. But this year, it’s not just homeless people who need our help; thousands of New Yorkers have been displaced and left out in the cold or in shelters as a result of the storm, creating unprecedented demand for warm coats.
Fact: Last year, with your help, New York Cares collected 78,000 coats. To meet the urgent need this year, New York Cares needs to collect 200,000 coats before the end of the year. That’s a lot more and New Yorkers are depending on every one of them.
The coats collected during The New York Cares Coat Drive are sorted at the NYCares warehouse and then immediately distributed to disadvantaged men, women and children at schools, homeless shelters, and community organizations throughout the city. By mid-January, all of the coats collected will be warming New Yorkers in need.
Receipts will be provided for all coat donations. The value of any coat you donate is tax deductible.
If you are interested in donating, please email TheInnerU23@gmail.com now through December 31st - You can also drop coats off at public collection sites. Click here for a list and donate a coat today!
‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE GIVING…
Do you know someone who is interested in journalism and goes to an HBCU? Well here’s a great opportunity they can add to their resume!
The next issue of HBCU Connect On Campus will be distributed this September! If you would like to be a famed HBCU writer, work on the HBCU Student magazine!
Editorial content specs:
Article subjects and topics should speak to a college audience.
Photos are optional.
1 page article = 170 – 190 (max) words
1.5 page article = 270 words
2 page article = 380 words
Submission Deadline = August 1, 2012
Distribution Date: September 12, 2012
To submit your questions or content please email: email@example.com or call 1-877-864-4446.
View past magazines: http://hbcuconnect.com/magazine/