The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Humane Teen Club (HTC) is designed with local youth in mind. The HTC is for youth between the ages of 12 and 15 years. The HTC offers students a fun, interactive, and social arena where their concern for others, humans and animals, will be fostered. They will be encouraged to work with one another, actively participate in meetings, and conduct independent service projects on behalf of the GBHS. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about responsible pet ownership, dog training, pet grooming, and even wildlife preservation at the monthly meetings. Each month a different speaker will come to the meeting to teach the students new and interesting things pertaining to the pets at the GBHS, as well as to animals not generally seen at the GBHS.
The HTC monthly meetings are held the third Saturday of each month from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Attendance is mandatory at Saturday meetings. Students will require reliable and timely transportation to and from each of the meetings. Students who are unable to attend a meeting are required to notify the director of education or volunteer coordinator prior to the meeting. To graduate from the HTC, teens must attend and participate in at least nine of the twelve meetings.
In addition to the monthly meetings, teens will also pursue a series of paw pins. The pins will be awarded upon completion of the following:
- Green: Orientation
- Red: Research and presentation of a paper on an animal companionship or animal welfare topic
- Purple: Performance of a service project outside of regularly scheduled activities.
- Gold: Awarded after three months of service as a regular volunteer
Upon earning the first three paw badges, as well as attending at least nine of the twelve scheduled Saturday meetings/activities, teens may enter our regular volunteer program, even though they are not 16 years of age.
Teens that do not complete their paw badges may remain in the club and participate in monthly meetings and activities. They may not, however, graduate early to become a regular volunteer. Instead they will need to wait until they are 16 years of age to volunteer.
Membership to the HTC is by application only. All interested students must complete and submit an application and recommendation form for the HTC. Students will then be notified whether they have been selected to participate in the Humane Teen Club by e-mail. Unfortunately, not all students who apply will be selected to join the HTC. Students will be selected from diverse backgrounds and decisions will be based on essay responses and recommendations.
There is a one time $25 membership fee to cover the cost of Humane Teen Club Pins and a Humane Teen Club T-shirt.