Engaging Youth in Leadership and Community Service

TEENPOWER Adult Staff Application



Thank you for applying for the role of TEENPOWER Adult Staff. This will be an opportunity you will not soon forget. As an Adult Staff member you will have the opportunity to be a positive role model at Youth Resource’s middle school and high school substance abuse prevention and leadership conferences! We appreciate your advocacy for substance abuse prevention and the youth of our community. We hope you’re ready to be a part of an amazing staff and see lives impacted and changed for the better.

Online Application Step-by-Step

  1. Read below contract carefully and check “I accept” box at the end.
  2. Type answers to all application questions in space provided directly below questions.
  3. For new adult staff applicants, please thoroughly review the entire page for complete TEENPOWER details and expectations.
  4. Provide two character references (no relative or Youth Resources staff).
  5. Please answer background check questions honestly.
  6. Write a brief & fun biography about yourself including your interests, hobbies, family ,etc. to include in the folders for campers and staff.
  7. Once you hit “Send” at the end of your application, it will be directly emailed to TEENPOWER Program Coordinator Bailey Daniels.
  8. Contact Bailey Daniels (bailey@youth-resources.org) at 812-421-0030 ext. 15 with questions.


Download the 2020 TEENPOWER Adult Staff Important Dates

Listed below are important dates to mark in your calendars. Your presence is highly SUGGESTED on May 6 and May 23 and REQUIRED on the morning of May 31. Additionally, we will meet exclusively as an Adult Staff on April 29 at the YR office from 6-7:30pm. Please make your best effort to attend! Feel free to call if you have any questions about the conferences or training dates.

Adult Staff Training Dates:
Wednesday, April 29 from 6-7:30pm
Wednesday, May 6 from 6-9pm (All-staff training at Red Cross)
Saturday, May 23 from 12-3pm (All-staff training at YR. Optional lunch before training at 11am)

Optional Volunteer Dates with Youth Staff:
Wednesday, May 27 from 12-3pm (Work day for High School TEENPOWER)
Wednesday, June 17 from 12-3pm (Work day for Middle School TEENPOWER)

Dates for High School TEENPOWER:
Saturday, May 30 – Youth Staff checks in at UE at 4:30pm
Sunday, May 31  College/Adult Staff moves in at UE from 7:30-8am & all-staff training will be held from 8:30-11:45am
Sunday, May 31 through Thursday, June 4 – High School TEENPOWER

Dates for Middle School TEENPOWER:
Sunday, June 21 – Youth Staff checks in at UE at 5pm
Monday, June 22  College/Adult Staff moves in at UE from 6:45-7am & all-staff training will be held from 7:30-8:30am
Monday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 24 – Middle School TEENPOWER


Who makes up the Adult Staff?

TEENPOWER’s Adult Staff is comprised of 15-20 community leaders and volunteers. Adult Staff members come from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department, local schools, treatment centers, and also includes YR staff, TEENPOWER alumni, and fun-loving adults committed to sharing the prevention message.

Who else will be on staff?

As an Adult Staff member you will have the opportunity to partner with Youth Resources and the TEENPOWER Youth and College Staffs. Each year a group of high school students are chosen in a rigorous interview process to represent YR on the TEENPOWER Youth Staff.  They are trained from December to June on topics like leadership, peer facilitation, substance abuse, prevention, and intervention. The Youth Staff plays a major role at TEENPOWER as they plan, implement, and lead most camp activities. In addition to the Youth and Adult Staff, we have about 15 former Youth Staff who serve on College Staff and coordinate evening activities.

What is the role of an Adult Staff member?

  • Provide support and guidance to Youth Staff.

One responsibility of an adult staff member is to support and encourage the TEENPOWER Youth Staff in a small family group. These peer-led family groups allow participants to process and debrief all TEENPOWER activities. They are designed to provide a “safe place” for youth to be themselves and openly and confidentially share their thoughts, challenges, fears, experiences, and feelings about life in general. They meet twice a day for one hour each time and consist of 10-14 TEENPOWER participants, 2 Youth Staff, and 1-2 Adult Staff.

As an Adult Staff your role is not to lead the group, but to support the youth staff and help as needed.

  • Be a positive adult role model for participants and staff members.

One of the goals of TEENPOWER is to develop healthy youth and adult partnerships. As an Adult Staff member you will be given the opportunity to connect with youth from diverse backgrounds.  It is important that we provide these youth with adults that will display good morals and values.

  • Have fun!

The entire conference revolves around FUN! From the moment the youth arrive at TEENPOWER until the moment they leave their days are action-packed with exciting activities. TEENPOWER is a laid back atmosphere that allows the youth to interact with the adults in a positive environment. Past fun-filled activities at TEENPOWER have included scavenger hunts, talent shows, dances, movies, pool parties, and concerts. The bottom line is that kids like to have fun and it is our goal to make everything (from workshops to room checks) fun! We assure you that getting involved in all camp activities will be both entertaining and rewarding!

Where will I stay during TEENPOWER?

In order to have the full TEENPOWER experience it is recommended that you stay in the assigned dorms. All Adult Staff members will be given individual rooms unless a roommate is requested.  We do understand that you have family obligations and arrangements can be made allowing you to stay at home during TEENPOWER, returning to campus each morning. However, for child safety purposes we need a number of adults – both male and female – to make the overnight commitment. Please consider you and your family’s schedule.

Will I receive training prior to TEENPOWER?

A series of trainings will take place prior to each conference (April 29, May 6, May 23 & May 31). These trainings will be an opportunity for you to learn more about TEENPOWER, meet the entire TEENPOWER staff, and participate in staff teambuilding activities.

What is the schedule like?

A schedule will be sent to you approximately one month prior to camp. As an Adult Staff member it is critical that you attend most conference activities. There are times when you can slip away if needed, and they will be highlighted on your schedule. Typically the day begins at 8am and ends around 11pm. High School TEENPOWER will end at noon on Thursday, June 4 and Middle School TEENPOWER will end at 7pm on Wednesday, June 24.


Time and Attendance:

  1. All staff members will be in attendance and actively involved during the staff training and orientation held prior to TEENPOWER.
  2. Staff members will be considered to be on duty during the conference unless prior arrangements have been made with the TEENPOWER Program Coordinator and should attend all events unless otherwise notified.
  3. For the security and safety of all participants, staff members will sign in/out upon coming and going from campus.
  4. Adult staff members should attend all scheduled staff meetings.


  1. Staff will not ingest any alcoholic beverages, nor use any mood altering chemicals, nor violate smoking rules and regulations and use of other tobacco products during the conference.
  2. Staff members will act as appropriate role models during the conference.
  3. Adult Staff should add positive and constructive conversation. Adult Staff’s role is to listen, not to challenge the validity of student’s feelings.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Staff members will assist 2 youth staff members in facilitating a small family group.  Family groups will meet 1-2 times a day and consist of 12-15 members.
  2. Staff members will assist and participate in all evening activities as needed.
  3. If a student divulges thoughts or instances of harm in their life, Adult Staff members are required to report it to a YR staff member immediately.

As an adult staff member of TEENPOWER, a leadership conference for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse, I willingly accept the responsibilities for my position as outlined below in accordance with the conditions listed above.  I also agree to abide by all policies and procedures of the organization and to protect the health and safety of all participants at all times.

    I accept the contract above.
    I accept.

    First & Last Name:

    Personal Email:

    Work Email:





    Cell Phone:

    Work Phone:


    T-Shirt Size:


    Have you volunteered with Youth Resources before?

    If yes, please give examples:

    How many years have you participated in TEENPOWER?

    What roles have you participated in at TEENPOWER (ex: Participant, Youth Staff, College Staff)?

    Why do you desire to be an Adult Staff member?

    Discuss your involvement with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention activities during the past year. If you have not been involved in prevention activities, what leadership activities/organizations have you been involved in?

    Who are two people who have influenced you most in your desire to volunteer?

    Please list two character references (no relatives or YR staff) and their contact information.

    What kind of experience do you have working with adolescents?

    What knowledge in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse education, intervention, prevention, and treatment do you have?

    Write a brief and fun biography about yourself including your interests, hobbies, work, family, etc. to include in the folders for participants and staff.

    Can you commit to the full week as Adult Staff at High School TEENPOWER? (8am-10pm Sunday-Thursday)

    If no, please explain your limitations: (Must be available and present for Family Group times each day in order to be placed in Family Group.)

    Will you need housing at UE for HSTP? (Please consider, as we really need adult help overnight.)

    Can you commit to the full three days as Adult Staff at Middle School TEENPOWER? (8am-10pm Monday-Wednesday)

    If no, please explain your limitations: (Must be available and present for Family Group times each day in order to be placed in Family Group.)

    Will you need housing at UE for MSTP? (Please consider, as we really need adult help overnight.)

    Have you ever been convicted of, or pleaded no contest to, any crime?

    If yes, please explain:

    Have you ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol?

    If yes, please explain:

    Are there any facts or circumstances involving you or your background that would call into question your being able to be trusted with the supervision, guidance and care of yourself? (Ex: mental/physical issues, contraction of a communicable disease, experience with abuse or molestation)

    If yes, please explain:

    The information contained in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I authorize any references or organizations listed in this application to give you any information (including opinions) that they may have regarding my character and fitness for working with Youth Resources. In consideration of the receipt and evaluation of this application by Youth Resources, I hereby release Youth Resources, the University of Evansville, any individual, church, reference, or any other person or organization, including record custodians, both collectively and individually, from any and all liability for damages of whatever kind or nature which may at any time result to me, my heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns resulting from compliance or any attempts to comply with this authorization. I waive any right that I may have to inspect any information provided about me by any person or organization identified by me in this application.

    Should my application be accepted, I agree to be bound by the by-laws and policies of Youth Resources and to refrain from inappropriate conduct in the performance of my services on behalf of Youth Resources.

    I further state that I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THE FOREGOING RELEASE AND KNOW THE CONTENTS THEREOF, AND I SIGN THIS RELEASE AS MY OWN FREE ACT. This is a legally binding agreement which I have read and understood.

    I agree with the statements above.
    I agree.

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