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Teen Volunteer Opportunities (Summer)

Resources for teens looking to volunteer in the Lincolnshire - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove area.

About the Junior Volunteer Summer Program

The Junior Volunteer program offers an opportunity for teens in grades 7–12 to experience a professional work environment and develop basic workplace skills. Teens who meet the program requirements earn volunteer credit for school.

Reasons to Become a Junior Volunteer...

  • Lend a helping hand in your community
  • Become an integral part of the extremely popular Summer Library Club
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Work as a team with other Junior Volunteers and library staff
  • Be productive, make friends, and have FUN
  • Get a stylish Junior Volunteer T-shirt
  • Earn volunteer credit for school

How to Apply for Summer 2019

Apply online April 11–15 only: 

  • Fill out the online application beginning Thursday, April 11, at 9 AM, and no later than Monday, April 15, 9PM.
  • The online application can be accessed by visiting a link on this page starting Thursday, April 11. All applicants are required to answer the following essay questions on the application: 
  1. Why do you want to volunteer at the library?

  2. What do you hope to gain from this experience?

  3. Why do you think the library is important to the community?

  4. Describe your previous volunteer experience. If you do not have any, please tell us about your skills and interests that would be helpful as a volunteer.

  5. How did you learn about the Junior Volunteer program?

  • Volunteers are chosen by lottery from qualifying applications.
  • If you're selected, you will be notified by email no later than FridayApril 26.

Expectations of Our Junior Volunteers

  • Able to work one shift of 1.5 or 2 hours shift each week for 5 of the 8 weeks during Summer Library Club, June 1–July 31 (no exceptions).
  • Attend one of the mandatory training sessions.
  • Be professional, courteous, and friendly to library patrons and staff.
  • Be a positive role model to children enrolled in the Summer Library Club.
  • Accept training, guidance, and evaluation from library staff. Ask questions!
  • Arrive on time and work as scheduled.
  • Perform assigned tasks in a professional and friendly manner.
  • Notify volunteer coordinator 24 hours in advance if unable to work as scheduled. Failure to do so more than once will result in forfeiting all future volunteer shifts.
  • Protect the confidentiality of library patron information.
  • Have fun!

Scheduling & Training

Schedule your shifts: If selected, make an appointment to schedule your volunteer shifts.

15-minute appointments available:

Sunday, May 5, 12:30–4:30 PM

-OR- Monday, May 6, 5–8:30 PM

Attend a required training session: After scheduling your volunteer shifts, sign up to attend a mandatory training session.

Mandatory Training Session (choose one):

Saturday, May 25, 1:30–3 PM

-OR- Tuesday, May 28, 6:30–8 PM

-OR- Wednesday, May 29, 7–8:30 PM