Educating the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders is at the heart of Zoo New England's mission and we are committed to providing meaningful experiences that will positively impact young minds. It is extremely important to Zoo New England that the program participants and guests walk away with gained knowledge about animals, the role of zoos, and conservation. Through programming, interpretation, and animals, the zoos bring visitors one step closer to understanding the natural world while learning different steps they can take to positively impact their community and the environment around them.Teen Ambassadors are a group of young people that work together to further the mission of Zoo New England. The program provides meaningful work and service related experiences to Boston youth that encourages environmental stewardship and provides leadership opportunities. During the 2019-2020 school year Teen Ambassadors will participate in weekly meetings and spend one weekend day in a department, either in animal care or the education department. Teen Ambassadors are assigned to one of four areas of the Zoo: Children's Zoo, Bird's World, Little Critters or the Education Department. In animal care departments the Teen Ambassadors fulfill duties as assigned, including: cleaning animal enclosures, preparing and administering animal diets, general husbandry responsibilities, preparing and providing animal enrichment, interacting with Zoo guests and answering questions.In the Education department, Teen Ambassadors act as Education Interpreters to provide interactive activities for Zoo guests on grounds to enhance visitor experience and knowledge about Zoo animals, biological and zoological topics, and conservation efforts of Zoo New England. Teen Ambassadors also act as mentors to Junior ZooTeens, which will include lesson planning and leading activities for the group. There will be job shadow opportunities, where Teen Ambassadors placed in one department can see and help with the routines in another department. There may also be opportunities to rotate through animal care and education departments.