Internships, Volunteering, Skill-building

Teens Making a Difference (TMAD): Youth Community Groups

Want to make a difference? TMAD (Teens Making A Difference) is a Service Club that helps students ages 12-18 plan service projects, learn leadership skills, and improve their schools and community. TMAD (and T.E.A.M.) are nationally recognized with a Transforming Local Government Innovation Award.

During the weekly meetings students learn to identify community needs and plan service projects. Examples of last year’s service projects include:

  • Volunteering at an Asset Conference.
  • Hosting nine parent night out events.
  • Supporting the county-wide Saturday night skate program.
  • Organizing canned food drives.

The program offers participants a chance to earn a stipend for work related learning programs.

Interested in TMAD? Apply.

Questions? Contact Desi Jerry at 703-228-7781 or by email at

T.E.A.M. Training – Fun is Serious Business

Fun is serious business and this program will teach your teen how to run it! We will teach aspects of operating a small amusement rental business. Participants receive hands on training. Upon completion, participants are eligible for employment, helping to run our business with the Department of Recreation.

Questions? Contact Desi Jerry at 703-228-7781 or by email at

Get Experience, Join the Park Corps

Now Accepting Applications for Spring Break!

Work alongside Arlington’s natural resource professionals in forestry, wildlife management, education, habitat restoration and more. We’ll get real work done, all while having fun outside, building job skills and making connections with other like-minded students. You’ll receive a $200 stipend on successful completion of this one-week program. Ages 16-18. 

Location: Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22206.

Dates: March 25-29; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily 

Apply Here

National Youth Congress Internship 

Youth Congress is an organization that allows teenagers to experience and gain independence and leadership through paid internships. These internships range from office work to assistance in camp programs to assisting someone who works in a highly ranked job such as marketing. The program is for high school youth, ages 14-18 and is a summer long commitment of 60 hrs.  Teens will have a options of setting their own hours with their mentor.  

National Youth Congress (NYC) helps youth learn about the parks and recreation field and other service jobs. Teaching them to live and lead, and by helping them develop skills, NYC is helping build youth and communities across Arlington by fostering community building. Our vision is to see youth better integrated into the life of our communities and to see them established in meaningful careers. 

Questions? Contact Desi Jerry at 703-228-7781 or by email at