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Museum Apprentice Program Participation Requirements

The Museum Apprentice Program (MAP) is a premier project-based program for youth ages 13-18. Applicants for the 2019-2020 year must be 13 as of Dec. 31, 2019. Application must be fully completed.

Please review the goals of the Museum Apprentice Program carefully to be sure that this program is a good fit for you. 

The goals of the Museum Apprentice Program are:

  1. To expose MAP members to the people, structure, and operations of the museum.
  2. To develop an understanding of how a cultural institution acts as catalyst for community development, a resource for learning, and a partner with local organizations and businesses.
  3. To encourage a philosophy of civic engagement. To empower youth to take action and cultivate a sense of responsibility within their own communities and the larger world.
  4. To develop a level of cultural tolerance and understanding for others, and an appreciation for the assets that spring from diversity.
  5. To prepare young people to be successful citizens through character and leadership development and by practicing teambuilding, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Candidates for the Museum Apprentice Program should be:

  1. Eager and willing to learn, participate and contribute.
  2. Open and excited to work alongside people of different backgrounds, cultures, and personalities.
  3. Interested in community development and civic engagement, especially within an urban setting.
  4. Curious, inquisitive and creative.
  5. Proactive, passionate and hard working.

Museum Apprentice Program Participation Requirements

  • Attend at least 70% of program meetings during both the fall (September-December) and spring (January-May) semesters. Meetings during the fall and spring semesters will be held one Saturday per month and one Wednesday evening per month.
  • During the summer, participants are expected to attend approximately 50% of project meetings and field trips.  Meetings/field trips will be held on Saturdays during the summer.
  • Work as part of a group in order to contribute to the success of the program.
  • Check the MAP Facebook page frequently for updates and to RSVP to meetings and events.

**A detailed meeting schedule will be provided to those applicants who are granted an interview. Please consider your availability and level of commitment, as participation requirements will be strictly enforced in order to ensure the integrity and success of projects.  

Expectations for Parents:

  • Parents and children are partners in keeping the commitments to this program.
  • Parents will ensure that their children report to events and all project meetings on time.
  • Parents will maintain open lines of communication with program coordinators. 

Application available here in 2019.

Any questions regarding the application materials should be directed to Marcy Dodson at 317-334-3802 or mdodson@childrensmuseum.org.