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. 

 JCs and Collaborators during a project ideation meeting.

JCs and Collaborators during a project ideation meeting.

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

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?

 JC Jane covered in words of gratitude from our staff at the end of her time with us. 

JC Jane covered in words of gratitude from our staff at the end of her time with us. 

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.

HOW TO APPLY

We are currently accepting Junior Collaborator applications for the 2018 summer. While not strictly required, we prefer JCs to join us for a minimum of two weeks in order to both learn our camp culture and safety standards as well as work on their personal goal.

To apply, please send the following to info[at]projectember.org. (link below)

  1. A short letter explaining why you're excited about Project Ember and working with younger campers.
  2. A teacher or mentor letter of recommendation
  3. Pictures, stories, videos of anything you've made that you'd like to share (don't worry if it's not tool based - we're interested in all forms of creativity!)
  4. The weeks of camp you are available. Check out our schedule for Menlo Park Day Camp and Overnight in Sebastopol 

Please note: JCs are an unpaid position at day camp. Overnight JCs are provided complimentary room + board.