Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council

Roger Williams Park Zoo values the input, perspectives, and leadership of its community’s youth and is seeking a diverse group of individuals ages 16-21 to join the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council. 

The Roger Williams Park Zoo Youth Advisory Council will inform future RWPZ initiatives by providing thoughtful feedback and a unique perspective.  Members will serve as a voice for youth within the Zoo and community.  Youth Advisory Council members will collaborate to lead, design, and execute various initiatives and projects that will positively impact the Zoo, community, animals, and the environment. 

Participation in the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council requires a commitment of 2 years with participation in an orientation weekend January 20 – 21, 2018 and meetings every Sunday.  Participation in the council is unpaid.

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For more info, please see the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council application.  All application materials are due November 27, 2017.

Youth Advisory Council Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of participating in the Roger Williams Park Zoo Youth Advisory Council?

Participation in the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council (RWPZ YAC) is a unique opportunity for youth, ages 16 – 21, to influence RWPZ’s impact locally and nationally. Members of the RWPZ YAC provide feedback on various initiatives and issues to RWPZ leadership while also collaborating with other council members to lead projects that will positively impact the Zoo, the community, animals, and the environment. In doing so, members gain valuable experience, as well as personal and professional skills as they engage in:

  • Dialogue with RWPZ leadership
  • Collaboration with other teens
  • Special tours at RWPZ
  • Meetings designed to enhance leadership, professional development, and life skills.
  • Organizing and leading projects and events
  • Potentially fulfill school-required Community Service Hours
What is the time commitment for members of the RWPZ YAC?

The RWPZ YAC requires a two year commitment, with one meeting per weekMeetings will be Sunday afternoons at RWPZ and/or via virtual video and project collaboration platforms.  Participation in yearly orientation weekends (January 20th – 21st in 2018) is mandatory.  In addition, between meetings members will frequently collaborate in sub-committees on project work.

Are members of the RWPZ YAC paid?

No. Participation in the RWPZ YAC is unpaid.

Do I need to know a lot about Roger Williams Park Zoo in order to become a member of the RWPZ YAC?

Not at all. Youth selected to serve on the RWPZ YAC do not need to be experts on Roger Williams Park Zoo, animals, or the environment. However, members do need to have an interest in learning more about the Zoo and a passion for making a positive contribution.

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