Your opportunity to BreakTheQuo begins with you! Don't wait to be told what to do, find out for yourself. On this page we've compiled a list of resources to get you started on your journey as a QuoBreaker. Stay tuned to watch the list grow!

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Volunteer Opportunities


The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to “provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity”. 


  • Be at least 18 years old OR, if volunteering for “school community service hours”, volunteers may be 16 years old but must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian
  • Be able to volunteer at least 8 hours a month to be an “active” volunteer

Are you looking for a more fulfilling way to spend your free time at a place where you can give back to the community? Join MOSH’s volunteer family. With volunteer opportunities in administration, education, exhibits, natural science and visitor services, the MOSH provides the perfect place to utilize your talents and fulfill your interests.


  • Be in high school

  • Complete 75 hours over the summer and 25 hours during the school year


The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers "ZooTeens!", a year round program for teens between the ages of 13 (if they have completed the 8th grade) and 18 years old. As a volunteer at the Jacksonville Zoo you can share your love for animals with zoo guests, make memories that will last a lifetime, and go behind the scenes at the zoo while earning community service hours for school.


  • Be between the ages of 13 (if they have completed the 8th grade) and 18 years old.
  • Complete
    • An essay
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Teacher evaluation
    • Individual and group interviews


The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and provide kids, adults, families and communities with vital support and opportunities to learn, grow and thrive.

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your talents and expertise, to make new friends or to learn new skills? Do you love books? Do you find yourself at the Library often? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then the Jacksonville Public Library is looking for you.   Join the citizens who are stepping forward to make a difference in our community by volunteering at the Library.


  • Be aged 12 - 15
  • Participate in the Florida Library Youth program



Internships & Programs


The United Way's youth employment program connects teens ages 16-19 with job readiness training, a finance workshop, individual coaching and exposure to careers matching their talents and interests. Youth are matched with local companies and nonprofit organizations for paid, six-week internships that help them gain career experience.


  • Be between the ages of 16-19. Must be at least 16 years of age at the time application is submitted.
  •  Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch
  • Have at least a minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Attend mandatory job readiness training, a mock interview and financial literacy workshop


The Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a six-week science and engineering program at MIT for rising high school seniors from across the country. Best of all, it's free!


  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • High school juniors or equivalent

Yet another free program, Carnegie Mellon's Summer Programs for Diversity offer intensive summer programs for high school students considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines. Students are given the opportunity to build academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities and take part in fun and exciting summer activities.



Learning Tools


Yes, Google is here. Before you let yourself get confused, always check Google.


Take advantage of the Jacksonville Public Library's collection of recommended websites. From cooking to genealogy, the JPL website has suggestions for you.

 Click here to explore!

The Jacksonville Library is not just for books. Take a look at JPL for Teens to see what our library has to offer you.

Visit JPL for Teens!


You've probably heard of it before, but Khan Academy deserves a mention here. Whether you're in kindergarten or grad school, Khan Academy is a resource that should never be overlooked. Click above to start learning.