Youth that start TYO programming stay in TYO programming. Our current average participant stay with us for nearly 4 years. Some of these kids started with our programs over 8 years ago and are still with us today. These youth help us teach the younger children in the program how to overcome obstacles on the trail and in life. For these experienced youth, we offer Junior Counselor positions, which for many are their first jobs and first shot at real world work experience providing important funds to help their families with everyday survival necessities and/or help to pay for advanced studies.
After a successful pilot program TYO decided it was time to expand our Counselor and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs. This is geared towards teens that have been part of our programs or participated in any of our programs in the past. If you are new to TYO, you can start as a CIT (volunteering) and then be eligible to be a paid Jr. Counselor. We have found that all the kids benefit from teenage counselors and the kids learn valuable job skills.
So are you interested in working in the outdoors? Do you think you can help kids have fun, get physically active and be part of the solution to increasing kids health? Then consider a seasonal Jr. Counselor position with TrailsforYouth.Org. Click the below links for a full job description of the Jr. Counselor position and application. If you are interested in the Counselor-in-Training program (volunteering) for kids ages 13+, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Nancy, she has been part of TYO since 4th grade, she has biked, hiked, camped, kayaked and volunteered. In 2013 Nancy was one of our first paid Counselors and had a blast while learning additional job skills, gathering additional responsibility and meeting the challenges of leading kids and imparting important life messages – plus she had fun! In 2014 she expanded her work experience to help in the office.