Above & Beyond

Advocacy starts at any age! Students can get involved with our Service Clubs.

Calling all young animal lovers! Join our after-school Student Service Clubs!

Student volunteering and community service opportunitiesStudents in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in Student Service Clubs, where the focus is on building compassion, learning about animals, caring for the community, and having fun!

Each program features engaging, age-appropriate lessons and activities that encourage young people to see themselves as compassionate members of their community. Each club runs for the duration of a semester and requires a $50 material fee (scholarships available). If there are too many applicants, we use a lottery system to select qualified participants.

Student Service Club Application


Animal Care Club – 5th and 6th grade- meetings every other Monday, 4-5:30 pm
Children in grades 5 and 6 are encouraged to apply to our learning-centered volunteer experience! Students who join Animal Care Club will learn more about the shelter’s work with guest speakers from various shelter departments, visit with animals, complete service projects to benefit the shelter, and get to know other like-minded kids in the community.

Roots & Shoots – 7th and 8th grade-meetings every other Monday, 4-5:30 pm
For students in grades 7 and 8, we offer Roots and Shoots, based on Jane Goodall’s humane education program. Throughout the semester, middle-school aged students identify a problem in their community, create a plan that will help improve the situation, and implement it. During the club meetings, students also learn how they can help animals, complete small service projects at the shelter and interact with the animals!

Student Volunteering Club – 9th through 12th grade- meets once a month on Tuesdays 
High school aged students meet monthly to learn how Marin Humane serves our community. This club includes a volunteer orientation and prepares students to apply to become student volunteers. During each monthly meeting, students will complete a service project at the shelter.

Students 15 years of age and older who have successfully completed a club can apply for student volunteer opportunities.


All of the above programs can count towards community service hours for school requirements. For more information, please contact the Youth Programs Coordinator.