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The Next Generation of Leaders, a youth volunteer group posing for photos outside

Want to volunteer with other teens? Consider joining NextGenServe!

NextGenServe is a City volunteer service club for youth ages 11-18 that focuses on growing leadership skills and service in the Fort Collins community. Volunteers learn about a variety of career paths and work alongside trained City staff in various settings, including parks, natural areas, and the Garden on Spring Creek.

Check out the 2022 program in this short video

How to Get Involved:

Teens are asked to complete an application and will participate in an interview process to ensure that they understand the program expectations. Applications can be found at NextGen Application Anyone under 13 will need to have a parent or guardian apply for them. 

Miss the Parent Info Night? View the recording here:

Parent Night Meeting Recording (Passcode: XpD6pH9)

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NextGenServes 2022 volunteers working together

NextGenServes 2022 crew at the Gardens on Spring Creek

NextGenServes 2022 crew sorting seeds at the Gardens on Spring Creek

NextGenServes 2022 crew at the Poudre Trail

NextGenServes 2022 volunteer with a chicken at Lee Martinez Farm

NextGenServes 2022 working gloves on a picnic table

NextGenServes 2022 crew at a park

NextGenServes 2022 crew at Twin Silos Hop Farm

Other Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities for Teens#

Become a Lincoln Center Intern#

The front entrance of The Lincoln Center

Volunteers are an extremely important and essential part of The Lincoln Center family. We rely on our volunteers to be our eyes and ears and to assist patrons in navigating and participating in the over 300 performances and events we offer each year. Volunteers get exposed to a wide array of artistic and professional endeavors including theatrical performances, dance productions, art gallery installations, concerts and community events. As a Lincoln Center Intern you'll get to see all the action behind the scenes.


Join the Horticulture Team!#

Teen volunteers at the Gardens on Spring Creek

Project Hort, short for horticulture, is a full summer stewardship and volunteer program for teens entering sixth through 12th grade who are passionate about gardening, plants, animals or the environment.

Over the course of the summer, with staff guidance and support, teens will be able to:

  • Volunteer at The Gardens – gardening, teaching and helping guests
  • Have an impact on their community through conservation projects
  • Make great friends with similar interests and participate in fun events

Learn More

Unified Sports Partner#

Kids around home plate on a baseball field

Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) provides recreation programs for community members of all ages and abilities. We are looking for partners to play alongside Special Olympics athletes during Unified Softball. This is an opportunity for volunteers 16 years old & up, running May through July! 

Additionally, for folks 8 years old & up, ARO is looking for volunteers to assist coaches/staff during baseball practices for youth with various disabilities. Helping with technique and equipment will be just part of the opportunity when volunteering with this program, running from late June through July!


Volunteer at the Farm#

close up image of a goat

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park has provided hands-on family fun since 1985. The Farm serves as an educational and interactive experience for Fort Collins residents and visitors. You can help by joining the volunteer team!


Become a Butterfly Houser Volunteer#

Monarch Butterfly at the Gardens on Spring Creek

Volunteering in our Butterfly House is both educational and rewarding!  Butterfly House volunteers are responsible for maintaining USDA containment standards, helping to ensure excellent guest experience and enhance guest takeaways through interpretation and education.