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Gateway to Peace relies on the support of community members to keep its program going. We estimate that each Peace Museum event costs approximately $80.00 per event hour, which means that an eight hour (full-day) event will cost the Museum $640. However, our goal is to provide our program to schools and community organizations free of charge. We cannot do this without the help of generous individuals like you!

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Mike Reid, Director

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8312 Natural Bridge Road

St. Louis, MO 63121

314-381-9400 x 805

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Volunteering with the Peace Museum

 

Gateway to Peace relies heavily on the support of volunteers. Each event that we host requires between 10 and 30 volunteers, some of which are recruited by the schools and community groups with which we work.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with the Peace Museum is easy, fun and flexible. We have opportunities available for individuals, groups, one-time volunteers, long-term volunteers, high school and college students, and adults of any age. Our main volunteer positions are:

PEACE GUIDE

At each GPM event, the organization brings between 5 and 35 interactive “exhibits” or activities from which children learn peacemaking skills such as cooperation, communication, tolerance, appreciation for diversity and environmental stewardship. Each activity requires 1-2 adults to act as “Peace Guides.” Peace Guides introduce the activity, guide children through each step of the exhibit and engage the children in thinking more deeply about the lessons each exhibit has to offer.

Typically, GPM asks each school or group that we visit to recruit Peace Guides from their own community, high school, congregation or parent organizations. We strongly believe that children learn peacemaking skills best when being taught by their own community’s leaders, parents, grandparents and educators. However, with the tough economic times our area is currently facing, many schools and community groups have had great difficulty finding enough individuals available for volunteer activities. So, GPM is hoping to create a team of regular Peace Guides to help supplement the volunteers available at each school or group.

GPM asks its new Peace Guides to:

Complete a volunteer application.

Submit to a standard background check.

Complete a Registered Youth Worker Application (no charge).

Commit to learning and guiding a range of GPM activities.

Be available for one or more of the following: Daytime events (typically at schools or after-school programs), Weekend events (often at youth groups or community organizations), Evening Events (typically at schools and usually involving children and their parents).

Provide their own transportation to and from events o Note: GPM travels throughout Missouri and Illinois to conduct events. If space permits, volunteers may be able to ride in the GPM truck. However, this will not always be an option. Please let us know if you prefer to participate only in events in the St. Louis metro area.

Remain active and highly engaged with children for long periods of time. Some activities may also require standing for 30-60 minutes at a time. If this will be a problem for you, please let us know so we can place you at seated exhibits.

Treat all children with love and respect and support each child in his or her individual learning process.

Draw from his or her own experiences to pass on the lessons of peace and peacemaking.

 

EVENT TEAM MEMBER

Although we do share a small office space with a church in North County, we operate primarily by traveling wherever we are invited (primarily to schools, churches and other faith-based organizations, youth groups, after-school programs and other community organizations) with our truck and a 12-foot utility trailer containing the bulk of our activities. With school budgets for field trips shrinking and requests for Peace Museum events constantly increasing, running a mobile museum is the only way we can ensure these lessons of peacemaking and conflict resolution reach the children of our area.

Each GPM event requires hauling the trailer within the St. Louis Metro area as well as into other parts of Missouri and Illinois. Each event also requires a minimum of 2-3 Team Members to assist staff in setting up exhibits for an event (typically the evening before the event), to manage and direct children through the event as it occurs, and to assist with breaking down and packing up the event. If there is a shortage of Peace Guides at an event, Team Members may also be asked to fill in for that role (see Peace Guide description).

This year, GPM hopes to visit an average of 2-4 community groups per month, but we cannot accomplish this goal without a dedicated team of core volunteers, or Event Team Members.

GPM asks its Event Team Members to:

Complete a volunteer application.

Submit to a standard background check.

Apply to become a Registered Youth Worker (no charge).

Learn and guide a range of GPM activities.

Direct the flow of children through each event and help to keep time.

Be available for one or more of the following: Daytime events - typically at schools - set up is usually the previous evening after school, Weekend events - often at youth groups or community organizations – set-up is usually the same day and events are typically shorter, Evening Events - typically at schools accompanying a daytime event - usually involve children and their parents – set-up will be completed prior to the daytime event and break down occurs after the evening event.

Possibly provide their own transportation to and from events *Note: GPM travels throughout Missouri and Illinois to conduct events. Most Team Members will be able to ride to and from events in the GPM truck with staff. Please let us know if you prefer to participate only in events in the St. Louis metro area. The vast majority of events outside the Metro area can still be driven to, and back from, in the same day.

Remain active and highly engaged with children for long periods of time. Some events may require Team Members to stand or walk around for up to 60 minutes at a time. If this will be a problem for you, please let us know so we can find shorter or seated events for you.

Treat all children with love and respect and support each child in his or her individual learning process.

Draw from his or her own experiences to pass on the lessons of peace and peacemaking.

 

Becoming a Peace Museum Volunteer


All Peace Museum volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application and a Background Check (instructions on the background check are located on the application) and complete a Registered Youth Worker Application, which is free of charge.

Both the Background Check and the Youth Worker Application are intended to ensure the safety of the children with which we work.

Click here to download the Volunteer Application

Click here to Download the Youth Worker Application

Applications and background checks may be mailed to the GPM Director, Mike Reid at:

          Gateway to Peace, 8312 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO, 63121

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