Junior Volunteer Program

The Junior Volunteer Program enables Fidos to benefit from the services of young people in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Community who desire to perform voluntary community service.

The Junior Program focuses on three areas:

  • Education: We learn about dogs, dog training, the Fidos for Freedom program methods and disability awareness.
  • Public Service: We do numerous projects around the center including decorating for the holidays, crafts for nursing home visits, assisting at the annual banquet and helping at fundraiser’s and demos. The Juniors participated in their own fund-raiser by acting as ring stewards and runners at an agility dog competition.
  • Fun: The juniors take part in all of the Fidos parties and even manage to have some fun on their own.

Who May Participate

  • Must be between the ages of 12 and 17
  • Must be home schooled, or attend middle school or high school in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.

Once a junior volunteer reaches age 18, and graduates from the program, they can then participates as an adult Fidos volunteer.

Community Service Hours

Participants earn one community service hour for each hour they work as a junior volunteer. Young people who attend the Wednesday evening sessions during the school year can earn approximately 40 hours of community service.

Activities

The junior volunteers are involved in many different activities at Fidos, including:

  • Holiday decorating
  • Dog walking
  • Helping at info booths during fund raisers
  • Assisting with general office duties
  • Newsletter folding and addressing
  • Help setting up and tearing down booths, tables or other fund-raising accouterments
  • Craft projects to give out at therapy visits
  • Fund raising

Regular Fidos volunteers permit the junior volunteers to work with their Assistance or Therapy Dogs during the Wednesday night training classes to help the young people develop dog training skills. Junior volunteers are matched with participating dogs according to the canine’s skill level, temperament and availability.

The Junior Volunteer Program offers classes on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Disability awareness issues
  • Dog care and training

Typical classes provided by Fidos volunteers are:

  • A skills demonstration (“demo”)
  • Discussions on growing up with disabilities
  • Classes on the theory of dog training
  • Lecture/demo on hearing disabilities
  • Classes on dog first aid
  • A class in sign language
  • Classes/coaching sessions on dog training skills

How To Apply

The Fidos Junior Volunteer Program has an excellent reputation. If you are interested in applying for the program, please download our Juniors Volunteer Form, complete and email to JR-Fidos@fidosforfreedom.org or mail to our office at Junior Volunteer Program, 1200 Sandy Spring Rd., Laurel, MD 20707. Our Junior Volunteer Program Coordinator will contact you once she has received it. If you have questions, you may contact the Coordinator at JR-Fidos@fidosforfreedom.org.

For further information about the Junior Program please feel free to contact us.