Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is excited to bring back the Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) this summer!

Be a Change-Maker!

Spend your summer giving back to your community through the Teen Ambassador Program (TAP)! Learn leadership skills, earn community service hours, and explore different aspects of non-profit work.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. – Teen Ambassador Program 

The Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) provides leadership experience, professional development skills, and service hours to incoming 9th-12th graders. Through TAP, you will learn about non-profits, advocacy, and using your personal voice. You will also participate in hands-on service in our meal packing room and a final project that will utilize the skills you learn to help further the mission of Meals on Wheels. Learning sessions and volunteering will take place at our main office in Highlandtown: 515 S. Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. Outdoor learning sessions will be conducted under a tent. Masks are required.

This summer, TAP has three sessions running Monday to Thursday, each of which are two-weeks:

Session 1: June 21-July 1 

Session 2: July 12-22 

Session 3: July 26-August 5 

Time Commitment:
• Monday through Thursday 11am-5pm

Approximate Daily Schedule (subject to change):
• 2 hours of meaningful educational seminars and group discussions
• 45 minutes for lunch
• 3 hours of active volunteer service, like packing the meals that will be delivered to our clients

Participation Requirements:
• Interest in Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland’s mission
• A rising 9th-12th grader in good standing
• Completed volunteer application and additional questions form
• Signed parent/guardian waiver
• Ability to stand for 3 hours and do activities that require lifting, reaching, and bending continuously, and work on a fast-paced box packing line
• Transportation to and from Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland’s main office at 515 S. Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

 

COVID Protocols:
• Masks required during outdoor learning and indoor volunteering
• Use hand sanitizer frequently, and whenever entering the building
• Complete a daily health screening

Program Participants will:
• Meet other like-minded high school students who care about MOWCM and volunteering
• Learn about the work MOWCM does for the homebound in our community
• Participate in daily in-person educational seminars which may include the following topics: Nonprofits 101, Interview Skills, Leadership Types, Meals on Wheels: Who We Serve, and more
• Earn approximately 20 hours of community service through meaningful hands-on volunteer opportunities
• Create and implement a project individually or in a small group to use your voice and experiences during the program to further the mission of Meals on Wheels

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive:
• Certificate of Completion
• Letter detailing community service hours completed
• Ability to volunteer at MOWCM without an adult present

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. Limited spots available. First come, first serve.

5/24/21: Priority Application Deadline for all Sessions*

6/7/21: Applications due for Session 1

6/21/21: Session 1 Begins (thru 7/1)

6/25/21: Applications due for Session 2 

7/12/21: Session 2 Begins (thru 7/22) and Applications due for Session 3

7/26/21: Session 3 Begins (thru 8/5)

*Applicants who submit their applications prior to this deadline will be given priority for acceptance and, if accepted, will receive a free gift!

Ready to get started?

First, complete both the volunteer application and the TAP application. Once we receive your applications, we will send you a link to complete a liability waiver, and we will schedule a time to meet you through a phone or video call.

Questions? Email volunteer@mowcm.org.

Watch the video to check out T.A.P. in action!

I really enjoyed learning about all of the different moving parts that allow a non-profit like Meals on Wheels to effectively serve the community. Having a deeper understanding of the processes involved in getting meals to people and the variety of different programs offered made the volunteering a lot more meaningful, as well.

Hannah N.

T.A.P. Summer 2020 Participant

Because of COVID-19 cancellations, I was looking for something for my kids to do that was meaningful, would teach them something about the world, but was also safe. The TAP program checked all the boxes. It’s a fantastic program that allows teenagers to learn meaningful information and life lessons about food insecurity, inequity, and nonprofit management.

Leslie J.

Parent of T.A.P. Summer 2020 Participants