Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2019. Volunteers will be notified via email by April 5, 2019.
We are currently looking for responsible and highly motivated teenagers
and young adults to assist with Summer Camp. Youth Teaching Assistants (YTAs)
are ages 15 and older and offer support to the instructors. YTA options will
be available from June 17–August 16, 2019, on a weekly basis. Summer camp
sessions meet for a five-day week, Monday through Friday. There is no camp on
July 4th and 5th, 2019. Summer camp sessions are held on the National Mall in the S.
Dillon Ripley Center, unless otherwise stated.
YTA Boot Camp (Must be at least 14 years old)
Learn the skills needed to become an outstanding future Youth Teaching Assistant (YTA)
in a one-week intensive training program guided by Smithsonian instructors and the
camp program manager. Students entering grade 9 in fall 2019 or who are at least 14 years
old are eligible to participate. This special camp is scheduled for two sessions: One on
July 8-12, 2019, and the second from July 29-August 2, 2019.
It's Great Experience!
Serving as a YTA provides an extraordinary way for teens to be involved with a
national organization, the Smithsonian Institution. YTAs befriend, help, and act
as role models for younger children. Assisting a professional instructor,
YTAs are introduced to the world of teaching.
The wide range of programs offer YTAs the opportunity to experience and learn about
new subject areas or increase and share their understanding of a more familiar subject
such as art, science, or theater. YTAs can earn community service credits and also
have an intriguing experience to add to a resume or college application.