The Zoo Partners program is a collaborative program between The IMAGE Center, Towson University and The Maryland Zoo in which teens and young adults with disabilities are given the
opportunity to build prevocational skills through volunteer experiences.
These experiences are wrapped up first into a mini vocational training for all applicants new and returning. Selected applicants are then offered a extended six week training session geared to inspire individuals to explore personal abilities, challenges and skills related to personal independence and development needed for future successful employment and life opportunities.
Things to Know
Applications will be very limited this fall. If you are planning to apply please do so as soon as possible, but only once you have confirmed that you will be able to attend all dates below. All applicants will receive a mini vocational training during both workshops and the shadow day at the zoo. Unfortunately, not all applicants may be selected to continue as a Zoo Partner for the six week session. Those selected will be notified the week following the Shadow Day and Interviews at the zoo.
Before registering each participant should plan to commit to the following:
Workshop 1: Wednesday, September 11th @ The IMAGE Center 6-8pm (new and returning applicants)
Shadow Day & Interviews: Saturday, September 14th @ The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 9:45am-1:15pm (new applicants)
Workshop 2: Wednesday, September 18th @ The IMAGE Center 6-8pm (selected applicants only)
Six week volunteer and Training session: @ The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (selected volunteers only). This includes one 1.5 hour session a week working on grounds with a paired zoo volunteer. These sessions will take place based on individual schedules as communicated by both selected partner volunteers and the zoo volunteers they are paired with.
Please direct any questions to
Director for Youth Services at The IMAGE Center