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k9 connection's programs in continuation high schools offer teens the opportunity to break through learning and life barriers by training and bonding with homeless dogs. See our website at: www.k9connection.org for details and a video of the program.
With only two full-time staff, volunteers are essential to the programs. The minimum volunteer commitment is for one, three-week program per year; preferred attendance is three days each week for a total of nine days. k9 presents seven programs a year.
We're looking for creative, passionate, empathetic individuals to partner with k9 staff in three-week programs with teens and dogs, two hours a day, Monday through Friday. Each day consists of dog training led by an experienced dog trainer followed by circle discussions in a classroom.
While it is not essential to have dog training expertise or group facilitation experience, a comfort level around dogs is necessary, as is an enthusiasm to engage in group discussions using active listening and sharing. A belief in the power of respect, caring and patient intervention for both the dogs and youth is all you need to begin making a difference for these two underserved populations. Skillful interaction will improve with on the job experience accompanied by continuing in-service training offered throughout the year.
If interested, you can download an application from our website: http://www.k9connection.org/volunteer/ or, if you prefer you can send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to send you an application - Thanks!