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Junior Docent Program

The 2019 Junior Docent Application window is now closed. 

Enthusiastic students entering grades 6th-12th are invited to apply for the summer Junior Docent program. Junior Docents become educators for the summer, introducing visitors from around the globe to the unique history of the Pikes Peak region. Junior Docents are trained to interpret exhibits, handle and share information on historic artifacts, lead craft and demonstration activities, and interact with visitors of many ages and backgrounds.

Junior Docents gain a better understanding of their community’s history, develop important communication and public speaking skills, and meet other students with a passion for history. By learning these life skills and making connections, the program helps young people build confidence and learn important skills for their future.

*Past participation in the Junior Docent program does not guarantee acceptance into this year’s program.

Junior Docents are trained to:

  • interpret exhibits,
  • handle and share information on historic artifacts,
  • lead craft and demonstration activities,
  • and interact with visitors of many ages and backgrounds.

Benefits of the Junior Docent program include:

  • gaining a better understanding of regional history,
  • the opportunity to develop important communication and public speaking skills while engaging with a diverse audience,
  • and a chance to meet other history-loving students like you!

Placement in the 2019 Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Junior Docent program is selective and is dependent on several factors including strength of interview, age, maturity, interest, and scheduling availability.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Saturday, May 4: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18: Interviews. *We will confirm your interview time after all application materials are received.
  • Wednesday, May 22: Applicants are notified of acceptance into program.
  • Tuesday, May 28: Summer availability calendar is due the museum so we may begin planning the schedule.
  • Saturday, June 1: Required orientation and training day. One parent/guardian must attend the morning orientation session.
  • June 4-June 8: Required training shift. Junior Docents must attend at least one training shift during this week.
  • Saturday, July 20: Junior Docent Party
  • Saturday, July 27: Last day of volunteer shifts and the Colorado Grown Festival
  • Junior Docent Field Trip: Date and Time TBD

EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

All students accepted to the program are required to:

  • Complete a Volunteer Profile with the City of Colorado Springs
  • Attend an orientation and training with one parent/guardian on Saturday, June 1, 2019 (Returning Junior Docents are also required to attend)
  • Attend at least one training shift during the week of June 4-June 7.
  • Submit a program fee of $75
    • The program fee helps to offset the costs of t-shirts, program supplies, and staff time. Scholarships are available (partial or full)
  • Volunteer for a minimum of 8 shifts throughout the course of the program and no more than 24 shifts.
    • Junior Docents provide their availability in advance (due May 28) and we plan the summer schedule accordingly. JDs will receive the schedule at the June 1 training.
    • Shifts: Tuesdays- Saturdays (Shift #1: 9:45 a.m to Noon, Shift #2: 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
    • Junior Docents run our Weekend Workshop program Saturday mornings
    • Junior Docents are also required to volunteer at at least two museum programs during the 2019-20 school year
    • We do not allow double shifts unless a parent or guardian is able to take the Junior Docent to lunch between shifts. We do not have lunch facilities.
  • Other Summer Volunteer Opportunities:
    • Children’s History Hour (10:00 a.m. to Noon.): June 19, June 29, July 17
    • Colorado Grown Festival (9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.): Saturday, July 27

Questions? Call or email the Program Coordinator at 719-385-5631 or mpoole@springsgov.com.

The Junior Docent Program is sponsored by