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    Youth volunteers ages 10-18 sought for Conner Prairie’s 2016 season; application deadline Jan. 8

    12/16/2015
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    CONTACT
    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    brodt@connerprairie.org
    (800) 966-1836


    FISHERS, Ind. (Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015/Conner Prairie) – Conner Prairie is looking for enthusiastic youth to join its youth volunteer program for the 2016 season.

    Conner Prairie’s youth volunteer program teaches youth ages 10-18 history and skills in a hands-on, immersive and fun environment. Youth volunteer in both historic costumes and modern clothes in areas of the museum’s historic grounds including Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, Animal Encounters, Civil War Journey, its textiles department and more. Youth also volunteer at special events that Conner Prairie stages throughout the year.

    Youth volunteers enjoy learning about history and science, leading people and activities, public speaking and hard work. Youth are required to volunteer for one full year and achieve a minimum of 120 hours.

    “Youth learn history in a hands-on, fun environment. But the program also focuses on character development,” said Conner Prairie Youth Experience Manager Sarah Morin. “When we poll the youth and their parents at the end of each year, their biggest takeaways are confidence, work ethic, communication skills and teamwork. There is ample opportunity for youth to learn from adult mentors and to be mentors themselves to other youth.”

    The application process is a competitive one, with hundreds of youth competing for just 100 spots.

    Applications for 2016 youth volunteers can be found online in the support/volunteer section of connerprairie.org. All applications are due Jan. 8. Anyone with questions about the program can contact Morin at (317) 776-6000, Ext. 259, or morin@connerprairie.org.
     

    Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

     

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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiencing. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.