The Teen Ambassador Program is a summer volunteering opportunity for high school students to gallery teaching and artmaking experiences in the Center for Creative Connections and at the Pop-up Art Spot for children ages 5-12 and their families.
Teen Ambassadors build their self-confidence and public speaking skills through interacting with Museum visitors and mentorship with DMA staff members. All shifts led by Teen Ambassadors are given in pairs, emphasizing the value of teamwork, collaboration, and communication with their peers. Summer programs happen throughout the Museum, so Teen Ambassadors will also learn more about art history and the cultures represented in the DMA’s collection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for the Teen Advisory Council?
DFW-based teens between the ages of 14-19 who have an interest in art, teaching, and developing leadership skills are encouraged to apply! You do not have to be an artist or have prior training in artmaking, teaching, or public speaking skills to apply.
How do I apply?
Applications are available online starting in March of each calendar year on our Volunteer Page. If you aren't able to apply online or need additional support, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 922-1822.
You will be asked to provide contract information for yourself, your caregiver, and a personal reference. You will also provide answers to 3 short answer questions. Answer the questions honestly and in your own voice. It helps us get a better sense of who you are and what you’re interested in!
When do I volunteer as a Teen Ambassador?
The Teen Ambassador Program operates June through August of each year.
Teen Ambassadors that are new to the program must attend a mandatory orientation at the beginning of June where they receive coaching in public speaking, customer service skills, and teaching strategies.
Teen Ambassadors must complete at least 20 hours of service with the Museum throughout the summer, and can volunteer up to 40 hours if their schedule permits. Teen Ambassador-led activities are primarily scheduled in the mornings and early afternoons between 10:00-3:00pm during the weekdays, with limited opportunities available during the weekend. Teen Ambassadors only sign up for the shifts they’re available for, so their time commitment is flexible around most summer activities.
Once a Teen Ambassador completes their summer commitment, they are offered volunteering opportunities during the school year if their schedule permits.