Staff Application

Become a Georgia Teen Institute Staff Member

GUIDE is pleased to announce the release of staff applications for Georgia Teen Institute 2020!

For GTI 2020, we have created two deadlines to encourage early applicants. Due to demand, all individuals who submit applications by the Priority Deadline will be guaranteed an interview, and those submitted by the Regular Deadline will be offered an interview on a first-come, first-served basis. Interviews are required to serve on staff. Please see below for more details.

Priority deadline: December 6, 2019, by 5 pm

Regular deadline: January 10, 2020, by 5 pm

Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) is a life-changing summer leadership program, which takes place at Oxford College. Youth Action Teams from across the state come together to create action plans in order to create positive community change; participate in engaging, hands-on workshops; learn leadership, communication and networking skills; gain a better understanding of the importance of prevention and issues associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; and have a fantastic time, too!

Want to staff this amazing summer program? Think you’ve got what it takes? Apply to be on staff today!

Make sure to read through all of the below information carefully so you don’t miss anything!

Please see below for typical deadlines and events regarding the staffing process.

Application Information

Staffing Opportunities

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Application Information

Phase One: Application

Fill out the online application and submit it by December 6, 2019 (Priority Deadline) or January 10, 2020 (Regular Deadline). Please make sure to answer all of the questions. If you have any questions about the application or staffing our program, feel free to send an email to gtistaff@guideinc.org.

Phase Two: Interviews & Selection

Upon submitting your application, you will be contacted about participating in a staff interview, which will take place in January. During this time, you’ll meet other GTI staff who will take the time to get to know you and why you’re interested in staffing our summer program.

NOTE: Returning Young Adult Staff and Adult Staff will be asked to participate in a phone interview only.

All applicants will be notified during the first two weeks of February via email of their selection status.

Phase Three: Staff Development Weekend 1 (SDW1)

Camp Westminster (2412 Lake Rockaway Rd NW, Conyers, GA 30012)
All selected Youth Staff are required to attend Staff Development Weekend 1, which will be held March 20-22, 2020. Staff training for Young Adult Staff and Adult Staff is TBD.

Phase Four: Assignments

Between SDW1 and SDW2, all staff members are required to complete assignments in order to help become better prepared for GTI. Staff will be provided with these details at SDW1. Most assignments will require approximately 15 minutes.

Phase Five: Staff Development Weekend 2 and 2.5 (SDW2, SDW2.5)

Oxford College, Oxford, GA
All staff are required to attend Staff Development Weekend 2 for final training and preparation. This training will be held June 5-7, 2020. All staff attending GTI Week 2 are required to attend Staff Development Weekend 2.5, which will be held June 14-15, 2020.

Phase Six: Georgia Teen Institute (GTI)

Oxford College, Oxford, GA
GTI Week 1 will be held June 8-11, 2020 and Week 2 will be held June 16-19, 2020. We would LOVE for you to staff both weeks, but if you are unable, you must be present for at least one entire program, unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time.

Staffing Opportunities

All applicants have an equal chance of being asked to serve as GTI staff. Anyone applying for staff at any level must:

  • complete the online application thoroughly and on time;
  • participate in either an in-person Staff Orientation/Interview Session or a phone interview;
  • lead a healthy lifestyle, which includes not drinking underage or using tobacco or other drugs;
  • participate in training (Youth Staff must attend Staff Development Weekends, and Young Adult Staff and Adult Staff may be asked to attend these in addition to their specialized training); and
  • attend at least one full program week at GTI 2020, unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time.

Preliminary staff decisions will be made by mid-February.

At GTI, all staff may be asked to serve as workshop assistants, lead energizers, staff Free Time, lead Team Meetings and Family Groups, lead team building and complete other duties as assigned. We will work with each applicant to determine his/her best fit while at GTI.

Youth Staff (YS): 

The Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) Youth Staff (YS) level allows youth ages 16-18 to build and cultivate their leadership skills with a hands-on approach. The YS level is an introductory role in leadership where youth have the ability to co-facilitate sessions with fellow staff members and provide support to the program. Peer-to-peer education is an important component at GTI, and YS have the opportunity to provide this to other teens from across Georgia. This is an excellent opportunity for youth who are interested in developing and/or refining their leadership skills.

YS members are individuals who are ages 16-18 by March 20, 2020, who are enrolled as high school students. YS may or may not have attended GTI in the past as a participant or staff member. All YS are expected to serve as leaders and role models by taking responsibility and initiative, maintaining a positive attitude and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Young Adult Staff (YAS):

The Georgia Teen Institute(GTI) Young Adult Staff (YAS) level combines hands-on leadership experience with practical mentorship and training. The YAS staff level is an advanced role that includes an individualized leadership plan focusing on strengths and interests for each member, as well as mentorship opportunities to prepare for the Adult Staff level. Responsibilities for each person will depend on their personal plan and may include, but are not limited to, planning and preparing for sessions, facilitating sessions and providing general support to ensure the success of the program. This is an excellent opportunity to build employable skills and make an impact in communities across Georgia.

YAS members are individuals who are ages 18-22 and have spent at least one year out of high school by the time of the summer program. YAS may or may not have attended GTI in the past as a participant or staff member. All YAS are expected to serve as leaders and role models by taking responsibility and initiative, maintaining a positive attitude and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Adult Staff (AS):

The Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) Adult Staff (AS) level gives individuals aged 23 and older a chance to volunteer in a variety of ways that support the Youth Staff, Young Adult Staff and GTI participants. The AS level is an advanced role that includes a lot of autonomy and responsibility and focuses on strengths and interests for each member. Responsibilities for each person will depend on their availability, skill sets and specific needs. These may include, but are not limited to, planning and preparing for sessions, facilitating sessions, mentoring youth or young adults and providing general support to ensure the success of the program. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with young people and make a difference to communities across Georgia.

AS members are individuals who are ages 23 and up. AS may or may not have attended GTI in the past as a participant or staff member and do not have to commit to a whole week or two weeks; these volunteers can serve for as little as three hours. All AS are expected to serve as leaders and role models by taking responsibility and initiative, maintaining a positive attitude and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Apply Now

If you are interested in applying for Youth Staff, Young Adult Staff or Adult Staff for Georgia Teen Institute 2020, please click on the link below and submit the form by 5 pm on December 6, 2019 (Priority Deadline) or January 10, 2020 (Regular Deadline).

Georgia Teen Institute 2020 Staff Application