Zoo Partners Program at The Maryland Zoo

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020! ALL SPRING APPLICANTS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN FALL APPLICATION! STAY HEALTHY EVERYONE!
The Program
The Zoo Partners program is a collaborative program between The IMAGE Center, Towson University and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Through this unique training program teens and young adults with disabilities are given the opportunity to build prevocational skills through volunteer experiences. These experiences designed through a series of workshops, as well as a potential six week volunteer opportunity help individuals explore personal abilities, challenges and skills related to personal independence and development needed for future successful employment and life opportunities.
All registered participants will engage in a two part workshop series at The IMAGE Center embarking on job exploration and prevocational skill building. This workshop series will conclude with a shadow day at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore where participants will live in the day of a zoo volunteer, have their skills put to the test and will even interview for a six week volunteer opportunity.
Commitment
Before registering each participant should plan to commit to the following:
Workshop 1: Wednesday, March 4th @ The IMAGE Center 6-8pm
Workshop 2: Wednesday, March 11th @ The IMAGE Center 6-8pm
Shadow Day & Interviews: Sunday, March 22nd @ The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 9:30am-2pm
Six week volunteer and Training session:
@ The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Participants invited to continue with the six week training experience will begin working at the zoo between the weeks of March 28th-May 2nd. During this time participants will engage in 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.
Questions
Please direct any questions to
Jessica Leone
Director for Youth Services at The IMAGE Center
Locations
The IMAGE Center
300 E. Joppa Road STE 312, Towson, MD
(Workshops)
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
1876 Mansion House Drive Baltimore, MD 21217
(Shadow Day and Volunteer Experience)