Anna (15) demonstrates how to construct a gusset to new campers.

Anna (15) demonstrates how to construct a gusset to new campers.

Junior Collaborator

Sometimes the best person to help a kid is another kid. Campers often open up and connect with someone closer to their own age, allowing junior collaborators to quickly become mentors, role models and so much more.

what is a junior collaborator?

First and foremost, JCs are at camp to develop the skills needed to support the growth of our campers. Each JC will be paired with an adult collaborator and co-lead a section of the week's project. You may find it helpful to read what it means to be a collaborator on our hiring page. 

At the beginning of your time with us, junior collaborators will identify a personal goal to reach at camp. Some past goals have included:
     • leading a section of tool training
     • teaching one of our daily mini-lessons
     • improving group vs. one-on-one teaching skills

JCs and Collaborators during a project ideation meeting.

JCs and Collaborators during a project ideation meeting.

Junior collaborators also participate in our staff ideation meetings to help us design weekly challenges that really connect with our campers; they contribute their own ideas and are encouraged to give honest feedback to the adult staff.

How is being a JC different than being a camper?

Our 2016 JCs take a run through the kid-designed carwash.

Our 2016 JCs take a run through the kid-designed carwash.

We often begin our time with JCs by discussing the difference between being the best tinkerer and being a collaborator. Sometimes that means barely touching the tools yourself all week. We ask that applicants who are most excited to spend their time building consider our overnight program and to think of being a JC as Maker Mentoring. We've also had several folks join us both as JCs and overnight campers!

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Teenagers 15-18 are encouraged to apply. We love it when alumni who are familiar with our camp culture as well as our safety standards return as JCs, however it is not a requirement. Ideally, JCs will have prior experience making and/or working with other young people. If you do not, be sure to tell us why you are drawn to Project Ember and what excites you about working with younger kids.

schedule

We are looking for commitments in week long chunks, ranging from a single week to our whole summer. Check out our day camp schedule for the 2017 summer in Menlo Park and Berkeley to decide which weeks you'd like to apply to be a JC.  To apply, please send us a letter of intent as well as a teacher recommendation. Have your teacher send their recommendation to us directly at info@projectember.org. We'd love to hear why you'd like to be a JC, any personal goals you may have for the summer, and something you've worked on that you're really proud of. If you have pictures of projects you've worked on, please share! We look forward to hearing from you.