Teens Making a Difference
Are you an animal-loving teen who wants to make a difference?
Well, you’ve come to the right place!
The Anti-Cruelty Society has been providing shelter and medical care to hundreds of thousands of animals since 1899. This is only possible thanks to hard-working, dedicated individuals who share a passion for helping animals and the people who love them. Volunteers have long been a backbone of the Society, providing much-needed assistance in every department to ensure that the shelter continues to operate smoothly and that the animals in our care stay happy and healthy while they wait for their forever homes. We encourage anyone--of any age--to volunteer! If you love animals and want to help, we have a number of different programs for you to participate in.
Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for answers regarding this or any youth program at The Anti-Cruelty Society!
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s offers a drop-in Reading Buddies program for visitors of all ages who are encouraged to sit with one of our designated Reading Buddy pets and read to them from their favorite book. This volunteer project helps keep adoptable pets relax in the busy shelter environment.
Teens Who Care
This program aims to provide a hands-on volunteer experience for high school youth ages 14-18. Participants will help our animals find homes by performing supportive tasks throughout the shelter departments such as cleaning, animal socialization, administrative assistance, and more.
After School Advocates
The After School Advocates program empowers high school students to explore animal welfare issues that affect the Chicago community. After School Advocates gives participants the opportunity to gain valuable insights into animal shelter operations, positive reinforcement training, animal careers, animal abuse in the community, and animal advocacy, while receiving informative presentations from professionals in the field. This limited admission, 3 to 5-week programs takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with three sessions per year.
Junior Crafting Crew
If you’re looking for a one-day, on-site volunteer opportunity for your group at the Society, consider signing up to for a Junior Crafting Crew! This onsite program engages youth clubs or classes to help shelter animals in a practical way by crafting enrichment projects using common everyday materials.
Service Learning Projects
The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a wide range of home and classroom-based service learning projects. They are ideal for students in need of service learning hours, scout troops looking to earn a badge or teachers in search of a classroom project. Each different project is worth a specific amount of hours, but you can mix and match to suit your needs.
Veterinary Mentoring Program
The Anti-Cruelty Society, in partnership with The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers an exciting program for high school students with a serious interest in veterinary medicine or animal science-related careers. The Veterinary Mentoring Program is an academic program that introduces students to the many areas of science that they will encounter in veterinary school. Students attend seminars one Saturday a month at which they explore various topics and learn how clinical science is used to diagnosis and treat injury and disease in animals.
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!