After School Advocates
Calling all teens! Do you love animals? Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of animals and people in your community? Do you want to learn about different careers that allow you to work with animals? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, then you might be the perfect candidate for The Anti-Cruelty Society’s After School Advocates program!
The After School Advocates program gives high school students an opportunity to explore animal welfare issues with hands-on activities, lectures from professionals in the field, and a group advocacy project. During the program, students will gain valuable insights into the world of animal shelter operations, positive reinforcement training, animal careers, and animal abuse in the community while receiving informative presentations from professionals in a variety of animal-related fields. This limited admission, 5-week program takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall, winter, and spring. Each session also includes a service component allowing participants to not only learn about, but also help animals in need. Participants will have opportunities to interact with shelter pets to reinforce learning components of this program, however direct service to these animals is not the focus.
After School Advocates is offered three times per year. Sessions begin in October, January, or April. Classes meet at The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Education and Training Center at 169 W. Grand Avenue every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. for 5 weeks. Participants can receive up to 20 Service Learning hours for participating.
Each session of After School Advocates covers a different theme relating to animal welfare. Interested youth must submit an application for each program session they wish to attend.
Winter Session: Animal Behavior and Training
- January 31 – March 2, 2017
- Application Deadline: January 16, 2017
Learn the psychology behind theories of conditioning and learning, and how they can impact our relationships with pets.
This program session teaches students how to read cat and dog body language and how to use operant and classical conditioning to train animals, and improve the lives of shelter pets. Learn about careers in animal training from guest speakers from The Anti-Cruelty Society and other Chicago organizations. Participants in this program will also have the opportunity to put what they learn into practice by helping enrich the lives of animals at the Society with in-kennel training exercises.
Spring Session: Animal Welfare and Advocacy
April 25 – May 25, 2017
Application Deadline: April 3, 2017
Learn about the ways that animal shelters help homeless pets, how animal welfare laws have shaped our relationships with animals, and how community actions can help save lives and make the world a better place.
Students in this session will participate in on-site advocacy projects such as a craft day to make enrichment items for the cats and dogs at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Students will also take on the responsibility of becoming a virtual foster during their time in the program.
Fall Session: Standards of Pet Care
- October 10 – November 9, 2017
- Application Deadline: September 25, 2017
Students will delve into the specifics of proper pet care, humane standard of care laws, the history of companion animal domestication, and more.
Students will also work together to organize a donation drive to benefit a program or service at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to hear from various professionals from organizations who care for different species of animals, while learning about careers in pet care.
How to Apply
- Choose your program session
- Click here for the program application. Be sure to fill out every field completely, or your application will not be considered. Please note: you can only apply for one session at a time; if you are interested in multiple sessions you will have to submit a different application for each.
- A program facilitator will contact you after receiving your application to notify you of next steps.
Chicago City of Learning
The Anti-Cruelty Society is a proud partner of Chicago City of Learning, a groundbreaking initiative that joins together learning opportunities for young people in a way that allows them to think about, pursue, and develop their interests. Participants in CCOL can earn Digital Badges to represent accumulated knowledge and skills from programs at different organizations. By being a part of the After School Advocates at The Anti-Cruelty Society, you can earn multiple digital badges to show off your knowledge and efforts! Click here to learn more about what the Society has to offer through CCOL.
Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for answers regarding this or any youth program at The Anti-Cruelty Society!