Other Interesting Opportunities

Opportunities at University of Washington and Washington State University 2015-2016

Math Science Leadership Program (MSL)MSL bring together youth with faculty from UW Tacoma for an engaging three-week summer program, where students do hands-on work in science, technology, engineering and math. We serve youth from groups who are historically underrepresented in the sciences. Work on projects concerning cyber security, pollution and much, much more. Tuition is free! To receive the application, email msluwt@uw.edu, a direct link for the online MSL application will be sent.

Date(s):July 11th – July 29th, 2016 Location:University of Washington Tacoma1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
Duration: 3 weeks Cost: Free!
Requirements: Must be in grades 7-12th
Components of Application: Please contact msluwt@uw.edu to receive application

 Application Due: April 11, 2016


Materials Science Summer Day CampWeeklong, summer camp utilizing hands-on learning principles of applied math, physics, and chemistry. A unique team-based, intensive problem solving science experience under the direction of a world-class engineer or researcher “Materials Mentor.” Combination of mini-demonstrations and field trips with extensive involvement in laboratory, facilities, and instruments to actively explore materials science, engineering, and bio- principles.

Date (s) 8/8/2016 – 8/13/2016 Location University of Washington – Seattle
Duration 1 Week Cost FREE
Eligibility Requirements: Students must have a strong interest in applied science. Prior participation in science fairs is helpful, but not required.
Application Components: ·         School transcript·         a maximum of two letters of recommendation,·         personal essay (100-400 words)

Application Due Date: April 29th,2016

Online Link: http://www.mse.washington.edu/community/matcamp16

UW Nurse Camp A FREE week-long day camp is geared toward increasing access and opportunities in nursing to minority and low-income high school sophomores and juniors who are at least 16 years of age by the first day of camp. In the program, you’ll be able to:

    • Shadow nurses at UWMC in various hospital units
    • Get your CPR certification!
    • Learn how to prepare for college and how to prepare to get into nursing school
    • Have a chance to learn in the School of Nursing Learning Lab!
    • Connect with nurses, students and faculty at UW, your future mentors
    • Meet new friends!
    • Get cool free stuff
Date (s) 7/18/2016 – 7/22/2016 Location UW Seattle
Duration 1 Week Cost FREE
Eligibility Requirements:
  • A current high school sophomore or junior
  • 16 years old by July 18th, 2016
  • Come from a disadvantages background (economic, geographic, education) underrepresented in nursing
Application Components:
  • Application form
  •  Transcript
  • A completed recommendation form
  • Availability

Application Due Date: April 15th, 2016

Online Link: https://nursing.uw.edu/about/uw-nurse-camp

All of the above events are free of charge to students

Opportunities Elsewhere

Student Conservation Association Regional Crew“Ready to make a difference in your own backyard? SCA’s Regional Crews offer opportunities for students to build trails, conserve vital habitats, and protect natural resources for future generations while staying close to home. Develop your leadership and outdoor skills while doing important work right in your home community. Program includes:

  • Complete trail maintenance and site restoration projects in national, regional, state, or local parks in their region
  • Commute daily from home or live in tents on site
  • Develop collaboration and leadership skills while working with other high school students from their region
  • Learn about local wildlife and help to preserve vital habitats
  • Learn practical outdoor skills and Leave No Trace practices
  • Explore local outdoor recreational opportunities with their crew on non-work days”

*Note: Other youth summer programs available at Student Conservation Association. For more details visit: http://www.thesca.org/serve/youth-programs

Date(s): Varies Location: Multiple locations. Includes: national parks, forests, cultural sites, and urban green spaces nationwide
Duration: 2 – 8 Weeks Cost: $25 application fee. However, no housing or transportation is provided and is the student’s responsibility.
  • 15 – 19 years old
  • Is a current high school student, or graduated from high school the semester directly before the summer crew
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and/or responsibility
  • Participates with extracurricular groups or volunteer organizations
  • Likes working with people
  • Enjoys spending time outdoors
  • Wants to learn more about ecology or environmental topic
Components of Application:
  • 3 short essay questions
  • Information regarding skills, education, and experience
  • 1 reference

Application Due Date: Ongoing. Open until filled

More information and application online at: http://www.thesca.org/serve/youth-programs/regional-crews


Youth Volunteer Vacations – Washington Trail Association (WTA)
“Are you a high school student age 14 – 18 who loves to be outdoors? Are you eager to experience new challenges, learn new skills and meet new people? Learn all about the world of building and maintaining hiking trails, experienced in a safe, teamwork-oriented environment in various locations across the state. WTA offers first-time participants Frontcountry trips, and returning students have the option to join a more remote trip in the backcountry.

WTA Frontcountry trips provide opportunities to experience projects near the ocean and in the mountains. All of our trips provide you with experienced crew leaders, a great project, some camping gear (tents and sleeping pads provided for Frontcountry trips) and all of your meals for the week”

Date(s): Varies Location: Multiple locations throughout WA’s state and national parks
Duration: 1 Week Cost: $205 for member, $245 for non-members. Scholarships available. See http://www.wta.org/volunteer/youth/youth/youth-vacation-scholarships for more information.
  • Must be 14-18 years old and presently attending high school.
  • You are able to commit to stay for the entire week. (All Frontcountry trips run from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon unless otherwise indicated).
  • A great attitude and desire to work with Washington Trails Association and be a part of a team.
  • Physical stamina and ability to hike to and from the work site, and ability to work at a moderate pace throughout the day.
  • Ability and desire to adhere to the following basic rules: Be safe, have fun and get some work done
Components of Application:
  • Short essay questions
  • Teacher reference form

Application Due Date: Ongoing. Open until filled

More information and application online at: http://www.wta.org/volunteer/youth/youth


Teen Counselor at CampFire Day Camps

Teens entering 11th or 12th grade in the fall can volunteer at Camp Fire Day Camps as Teen Counselors. With your co-counselor, you will be assigned a group of campers and lead them through their week at Day Camp. On some occasions Teen Counselors will assist at various program areas such as outdoor cooking, arts & crafts and more. Teen Counselors will earn community service hours for this program.

Date (s)  Varies Location Varies.
Duration One Week Cost $200-240
Aid Available
Eligibility Requirements: Entering 11th or 12th
Application Components: ·         Online Application form·         3 letters of reference·         Interview

Application Due Date: Ongoing.

Online Link: http://campfireseattle.org/camp-fire-day-camps/volunteer-at-day-camp/


Wilderness Awareness School

Want to learn how to survive in nature, or how to track a wolf? The award-winning Wilderness Awareness School offers a unique teen summer and overnight experience for kids ages 11 – 18. Nutritious meals are provided, with organic and local ingredients as much as possible. Your kids will learn wilderness survival skills basics while practicing them daily. Students will have opportunities to practice fire making, knife safety and carving, shelter construction, primitive cooking, and much more. Check out their website to see the camps offered, and why Wilderness Awareness School offers a FUN guarantee.

Date (s) 7/10/2016 – 7/15/2016OR7/17/16-7/22/16 Location Duvall, WA
Duration One Week Cost $735
Aid Available
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Required camping gear
  • Doctors note
Application Components: N/A

Application Due Date: Ongoing

Online Link: http://wildernessawareness.org/youth-programs


Lake Union Crew

Looking for something to do during the summer that is fun, exciting and challenging? Then come row with Lake Union Crew and do something different and positive with your summer vacation. Meet new friends, learn a cool sport, and spend the day on the water. You’ll learn rowing techniques and team building in a challenging and fun environment. Half-day and full-day camps are available for ages 12 – 17. A 10-minute float test is required

Date (s)  Session 1: June 20-June 30, 2016Session 2: July 4-July 14, 2016Session 3: July 18-July 28, 2016Session 4: August 1-August 11, 2016 Location 2520 Westlake Ave NSeattle, WA 98109
Duration 10 days Cost $295-645
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Age 12-17
  • Pass a float test
Application Components: N/A

Application Due Date: Ongoing

Online Link: http://lakeunioncrew.com/summer-camp/


ID Tech Camp – UW Seattle

“A summer computer camps for kids, pre-teens, and teens are segmented by course and age. Teens will study, socialize and eat with other teens, but may be in the vicinity of younger students during lab time. [ID Tech Camps] Provide a well-balanced, fun summer camp experience that is age-appropriate for kids, pre-teens, and teens. A place where you build critical 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in intimate clusters of just 8 students maximum per instructor, and collaborate with new friends. Programs include: programming, game design, apps, robotics, web design, film, photography, and more.” Both overnight and day camps available for students.

Date(s): Various camp dates available Location:
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98001
Duration: 1-2 weeks Cost: Varies. Ranges from $1,500-$3,800. Financial assistance is not available at this time
Requirements: Age requirements vary by camp
Components of Application: No application. Registration only.

Registration Due Date: Ongoing. Open until full

More information and registration online at: https://www.idtech.com/locations/washington-summer-camps/seattle/id-tech-uw-seattle/



The Vera Project Volunteer

Vera is a true to life ‘choose your own adventure’ story – you can run shows, help in the silkscreen studio or recording studio, curate exhibitions in the gallery… anything you want really. Mission Statement: The Vera Project fuels personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art.

VERA is an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera fulfills its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people. Vera’s programs are always all ages, with a focus on young people ages 14 to 24. Most Vera programs are at the Seattle Center venue, and include:

  • Popular music concerts
  • Audio engineering training
  • Youth-driven governance
  • Visual art exhibits
  • Live and studio recording
  • Leadership training
  • Silkscreen printing/classes
  • Event production training
  • Internships
Date(s): Flexible Location: Seattle Center
Waren Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98003
Duration: Flexible Cost: Free!
Requirements: Must attend Orientation
Components of Application: N/A

Registration Date(s): Ongoing

More information at: http://theveraproject.org/getinvolved/

Art Museum Volunteer

Get behind-the-scenes access to Tacoma Art Museum and share your love and enthusiasm for art with others. Volunteer at the museum and you can become part of our mission to connect people through art. As a volunteer, you’ll explore new areas of interest, meet stimulating people, get involved with Tacoma’s cultural community, attend social and educational events, and learn marketable skills. Volunteer hours are available on both a regular and on-call basis during weekdays and weekends. Most opportunities are during the day, but some evening hours are also available. Volunteer opportunities include: administrative, classroom aids, TAM Studio attendant, visitor services specialist, visitor services greeter, special event volunteer, museum store specialist, and Gates Library volunteer.

Date(s):Flexible Location:Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Duration: Flexible Cost: Free!
Requirements: Unknown
Components of Application:
  • 2 references
  • Availability

 Application Due Date: Ongoing.

More information and application online at: http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/support/volunteer-info/

St. Francis Hospital Volunteer

“The volunteers at CHI Franciscan Health are instrumental in helping to fulfill the mission of providing quality, compassionate health care. Each year volunteers gives more than 100,000 hours of loyal service in 100 different areas—from nursing units and home care to gift shops and special events.”

Date(s): Flexible Location: Various locations. Including: Federal Way, Tacoma, Burien, Lakewood, Enumclaw, and Gig Harbor.
Duration: Flexible Cost: Free!
  • Must be 16 or older
  • Must commit a minimum of 4 hours a week for 6 months or 100 hours
  • No criminal record
Components of Application: Provide two personal or professional references. No letter required.

Application Due Date: Ongoing

Information and application online at: http://www.chifranciscan.org/Support-Franciscan/Volunteer-Services/

YMCA Volunteer

“Volunteering with the YMCA not only can greatly improve the lives of children and families and make our communities stronger, but it can also greatly impact your life.  Research shows that those who volunteer live longer, healthier lives.  In addition to feeling great about your efforts, volunteers have the opportunity to:

    • Explore personal interests and passions
    • Attend trainings to broaden personal and professional skills
    • Include experience on resume or fulfill service requirements
    • Develop new relationships and make friends
    • Learn, grow and HAVE FUN!”
Date(s): Flexible Location: Various locations. Closest is Auburn Valley YMCA.
1620 Perimeter Rd SW
Auburn, Washington 98001
Duration: Flexible Cost: Free!
Requirements: None!
Components of Application: 2 reference forms

Application Due Date: Ongoing

More information and application online at: http://www.seattleymca.org/Locations/Auburn/Pages/Volunteer.aspx


Multi-Service Center Volunteer

“Multi-Service Center helps to strengthen communities throughout South King County. They address the causes and barriers of poverty and homelessness with comprehensive and holistic services that help to lift people from crisis and vulnerability to self-sufficiency and stability. With individually-tailored support and resources, men, women, youth and children can find their way out of poverty. “ Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Check-in desk
  • Driver
  • Tutor
  • Fundraising
  • Clothing bank attendant.
Date(s):Flexible Location:1200 S. 336th
Federal Way, WA 98003Other locations: Kent and Burien
Duration: Flexible Cost:Free!
  • Must be 16 years old; if under 16, must be supervised.
  • Must pass background check
  • Must complete orientation and/or training
Components of Application: Volunteer Form

Application Due Date: Ongoing

More information and application online at: http://mschelps.org/getinvolved/volunteer/

Korean Women’s Association (KWA) Volunteer

“KWA provides multi-cultural human services through education, socialization, advocacy and support. KWA provides a variety of programs and services throughout the Puget Sound. Our more than 1,000 employees offer a wide range of support to serve the diverse needs of more than 9,200 people each month. Home care that provides services to the elderly and those with disabilities is KWA’s largest service. Other resources include Asian and minority services such as naturalization; senior day care and meal sites; low-income housing; domestic violence and sexual assault support; emergency services such as basic food outreach; and health services such as cancer support and nutrition classes.

Volunteerism brings a sense of joy that only comes from making a positive difference by helping another person. At KWA, volunteers assist the staff of the KWA Meal Sites, Senior Day Care and social services programs. KWA volunteers come from all segments of the population. Some are fully employed; others are homemakers, young people and retired persons. KWA offers a variety of opportunities, whether you’re a student seeking experience, a community member looking to have an impact or an individual or group interested in a rewarding experience.”

Date(s):Flexible Location:31635 23rd. Ave. S Suite A
Federal Way, WA 98003Other locations: Tacoma, Port Orchard, Lacey, Centralia, Shelton, Lynwood, Pt. Angeles, Sequim, Pt. Townsend, Aberdeen
Duration:Flexible Cost:Free!
Requirements: None!
Components of Application:  Volunteer Form

Application Due Date: Ongoing

More information and application online at: http://www.kwacares.org/about/get-involved/

Federal Way Community Caregiving Network (FWCCN) Volunteer
“The mission of the Federal Way Community Caregiving Network (FWCCN) is to give hope by providing people’s basic needs.” Offers free meals, shower/laundry, and free and urgent medical for the uninsured. Volunteer Opportunities and their descriptions are as followed:

  • Working Board Members – attend meetings, provide leadership and direction to the organization, and have “hands on” involvement in one or more of the project activities.
  • Emergency Services Volunteers – greet and/or interview clients, determine assistance.
  • Community Support Volunteers – plan/coordinate meals, prepare meals, serve, clean up.
  • Expanded Services Volunteers – work at the community suppers meeting clients and distributing needed survival items such as blankets, sleeping bags, hats, gloves and socks.
  • Grant Writers – experience in writing and obtaining funds.
  • Speakers – represent the FWCCN in the community by making presentations at churches, service clubs, and/or government agencies.
  • Special Events – assist in planning and executing fundraisers and donation drives.
Date(s):Flexible Location:Federal Way, WA
Duration:Flexible Cost:Free!
Requirements: None!
Components of Application: Contact program to become a volunteer. Contact info. below.

Application Due Date: Ongoing

More information online at: http://www.fwccn.org/support.html

To volunteer contact FWCNN at: fedwatccn@gmail.com or call 253-670-5944.

Friends United to Shelter the Indigent Oppressed and Needy (FUSION) Volunteer
FUSION is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide housing and support services to homeless families in the community so they will have a safe, secure environment as they work toward self-sufficiency. Based in Federal Way, Washington, this grassroots group of volunteers is dedicated to eliminating homelessness, one family at a time. Volunteer opportunities include:

• Work set hours as sales staff
• Set-up/pricing
• Furniture pick up (FUSION’s truck)
• Furniture polishing/repair
• Inventory data management
• Maintain storage
• Accounting/banking
• Schedule/mentor volunteers
• Unit Managers (help clean, decorate and maintain an assigned home; deliver seasonal gift baskets)
• Transition Team (clean, paint, renovate housing units)
• Storage Team (procure, transport, organize donated household goods)
• Gift Baskets (donate or procure holiday foods and presents for families)
• Develop special fund-raising activities
• Seek new grant-writing opportunities
• Produce newsletters and brochures
• Maintain website
• Write press releases
• Procure sponsors for Summer Art Event
• Market FUSION to the community
• Recruit and welcome new helpers
• Manage roster and database
• Administer e-mail campaigns
• Plan recognition events
• Maintain historian scrapbook

Date(s):Flexible Location:Federal Way, WA
Duration:Flexible Cost:Free!
Requirements: Unknown
Components of Application: Complete volunteer sign-up form


Child Development Center Volunteer
“Easter Seals’ Child Development Centers provide developmentally appropriate education in a fully inclusive environment to help children with and without disabilities learn, grow, and flourish. Volunteers can help children, staff and teachers in a variety of ways that fit your interests such as by:

  • Reading Stories
  • Rocking Babies
  • Mixing up a batch of play dough and let the creativity begin
  • Playing games/activities and sharing some one on one time
  • Decorating bulletin boards
  • Helping with special events–parent’s meeting, book sales and holiday bazaars
  • Placing food on carts and take to classrooms, cleaning up kitchen area
  • Clerical support: Maintain records, check immunization records and send update letter to parents, put enrollment packets together
  • Assisting staff while they provide teachers with a break to work on lesson plans
  • Come help make a difference in the life of a child!”
Date(s):Flexible Location: 4040 S. 188th Street Suite 101
Seatac, WA 98188
Duration:Flexible Cost:Free!
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Any Consistent Schedule
  • Recent TB Test required prior to first day
Components of Application: Volunteer Form

Application Due Date: Ongoing

More information and application online at: http://easterseals.volunteermatch.org/results/

NW Furniture Bank Volunteer

“Apply your unique abilities and talents in a volunteer role that will improve the lives of people who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. The NWFB’s main mission is to provide families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve lives while effectively using community resources. Every year, the NWFB serves almost 1,000 households and 2,500 individuals from Pierce County. By accepting donated quality, gently used furniture and household goods from families, individuals, and businesses the NWFB helps reduce landfill space and moves people off the floor. Opportunities include:

  • Administrative Assistants
  • Shopping Assistants and Sorters
  • Furniture Assemblers
  • Electrical Assistants
  • Warehouse Assistants
  • Transportation Team
Date(s): Flexible Location: Puyallup Ave
Tacoma, WA 98421
Duration: Flexible Cost: Free!
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation
  • Must commit to a minimum of one-month service
  • Must pass background check
Components of Application:  Volunteer Form

Application Due Date: Ongoing

More information and application online at: http://www.nwfurniturebank.org/volunteer

Watch the Wild™ Volunteer
Watch the Wild™ needs your help. As a Watch the Wild™ volunteer, you observe and report the “wild” in your community, from trees and plants to lakes and streams to weather and wildlife activity. In as little as ten minutes, your observations help us to understand how our eco-systems are changing and helps us to adapt for the future.

Date(s):Flexible Location: Wherever you want!
Duration:Flexible Cost:Free!
Requirements: None!
Components of Application: Volunteer form

Application Due Date: Ongoing

More information and application online at: http://www.natureabounds.org/Watch_the_Wild.html


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