Transformational Volunteers

Behind the museum’s many transformational experiences is a team of dedicated volunteers who helps make it happen. Without their enthusiasm, the museum could not be the world-class museum it is today. These committed individuals excelled again in 2015, outpacing last year’s achievements. Highlights included the Guild’s record-breaking Haunted House and related events, and the celebrated release of our Power of Children Awards book.

The Power of Children Awards recognize middle- and high-school youths who make significant contributions to benefit others. The awards are inspired by The Power of Children: Making a Difference® exhibit, featuring the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. Over the course of 11 years, we’ve honored 55 winners who have raised more than $10.5 million for their projects. Five youths received awards in 2015: Madison Fanta, Maddie’s Helping Hands; Corrine Hindes, Warm Winters; Erik Lakomek, Red Shoe Project; Will Lourcey, FROGs: Friends Reaching Our Goals; and Emma Stumpf, Emma’s Art Cart.Also in 2015, the book The Power of Children: Ordinary Youth Making Extraordinary Differences was published, celebrating the first 10 years of the awards program. The book contains profiles of the first 50 winners and their projects.

Presented by the Deborah Joy Simon Charitable Trust with additional support from the Kroger Foundation. See the full list of POCA sponsors (links to POCA donors section under 2015 Museum Donors.

The members of The Children’s Museum Guild outdid themselves again—wowing visitors with their annual Haunted House, Black Hat Bash, and Black Hat Dash. 2015 brought in the highest total revenue ever recorded at $677,422, thanks in part to the impressive 64,972 visitors to the Haunted House—the third-highest attendance ever! The Guild showed their continued dedication to children and families with 39,021 volunteer hours contributed.

Our valued volunteers worked tirelessly to help the museum continue its tradition of providing transformational learning experiences. In 2015, volunteers—including board and Guild members, corporate and school groups, special councils, museum apprentices, and adult and family volunteers—contributed 73,599 hours at a value of $1.67 million—an all-time record! We salute these dedicated individuals for their extraordinary contributions.

Museum Apprentice Program (MAP)
MAP is our project-based program designed for youths ages 13 to 18 that encourages learning through volunteering. Students work closely with staff, teachers, adult volunteers, and other participants on projects related to museum exhibits, activities, and internal programs. In 2015, the program welcomed 41 participants. The year also introduced REX: Real Voices. EXtraordinary Ideas, an evening of insightful talks given by teen MAP members and featuring performers, artists, and speakers sharing big ideas and fresh perspectives on a variety of topics, from local concerns to global initiatives.

Intern Program
In 2015, the museum’s transformational internship program hosted 60 interns who contributed 11,948 hours working on their museum projects. As in past years, the culmination of each of the three semester-long internship sessions was a poster presentation. The event brought together the interns’ friends, families, and school representatives to learn about their projects completed while at the museum. volunteers text