Above & Beyond
Advocacy starts at any age! Students can get involved with our Service Clubs.
Thank you for wanting to share your time and passion in helping animals and people in our community!
Our on-campus Youth Opportunities working directly at the shelter are for students 5th grade and above. We also host humane birthday parties for younger students, along with shelter tours on our campus and humane education lessons presented in schools.
The application period for Spring 2021 clubs has closed. You may submit an application for Fall 2021 clubs at this time. Please select the club that will be appropriate for you for the 2021-2022 school year. Application deadline for the Fall 2021 semester is August 20, 2021.
If you’re in need of community service hours for your school, please consider completing an independent project to help the animals at Marin Humane. Check out our Compassion In Action page for information on independent projects and get your photo added to the page after you complete your project.
Student Service Clubs – offered for 5th through 12th grades
Our student service clubs bring students to our campus to give them a forum to help animals and support our mission. The clubs are a semester long and require an application, activity fee ($50), and training. Each club has 12 members per semester and meet every other week. If necessary, a lottery is used to choose members.
To read more about student service club activities, visit our Student Service Club blog.
Animal Care Club – 5th and 6th grade (no prerequisite)
Animal Care Club introduces students to Marin Humane’s programs, the workings of an animal shelter, and humane issues. Each meeting involves a project and animal time. The club meets every other week on Thursdays for one semester. To apply to be one of the 12 members of the Animal Care Club, please click here!
Junior Roots & Shoots – 7th and 8th grade (no prerequisites)
Senior Roots & Shoots – 9th through 12th grade (no prerequisites)
As part of a global youth community service project started by Dr. Jane Goodall, our Roots & Shoots clubs work on projects to help animals and the environment in Marin County and beyond. The club meets every other week after school and is one semester long. Junior Roots & Shoots meets on Thursdays and Senior Roots & Shoots meets on Tuesdays. To apply to be one of the 12 members of either the Junior or Senior club, please click here!
Student Advocates Club – 7th through 12th grade
(Prerequisite: Completion of one semester of Roots & Shoots)
Our Student Advocates Club is for students who’ve completed a semester of our Roots & Shoots club and want to continue helping animals and the environment in Marin County and beyond. The club will focus on advocacy goals related to Marin Humane’s work and the students’ interests and passions. The club meets once a month on Wednesdays for one semester. To apply for Student Advocates Club, please click here!
Student Internship Program – 9th through 12th grade
(Prerequisite: Completion of Animal Care Club or Roots & Shoots Club)
NOTE: Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer our Student Internship Program in 2021
Student Interns are able to learn first hand by working in a variety of departments at Marin Humane. This opportunity allows them to be a part of our work and prepares them to become student volunteers. Interns also pick a specific humane issue they’re passionate about, create a research paper on the subject, and present their findings to the intern group. Internships are a semester long and require an application, activity fee, and training. Student Internship applications are available upon request to eligible students. Please request an application by emailing the Humane Education Department.
After completing a Student Internship, there are special ongoing student volunteer opportunities available in a variety of departments at Marin Humane. Student Volunteer assignments will depend on departmental needs.
NOTE: There won’t be any Student Volunteer assignments in Spring 2021 as we’re not able to offer our Student Internship Program.
All of the above programs can count towards community service hours for school requirements.
For more information please contact the Humane Education Department.