Society for the Advancement of Volunteer Youth

Volunteers at Moody Gardens

Are you ready for a summer to remember?

The Society for the Advancement of Volunteer Youth, SAVY, provides students 14 to 17 years of age with the opportunity to volunteer within their community while gaining experience in a variety of career fields. Through the SAVY program, participants have an experience that only Moody Gardens can offer.

Goals and objectives include:

  • To expose participants to a variety of career fields, including biology, and education.
  • To help support Moody Gardens mission statement: Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.
  • To be an enriching program that will challenge participants mentally, physically, and socially, regardless of sex, color, or creed.
  • To provide an edu-training environment for our visitors and guests.
  • To assist staff with various duties and responsibilities.
  • To help participants garner experience for future employment.
Volunteers at Moody Gardens
Volunteers at Moody Gardens

How to Apply


Applicants must submit a completed Moody Gardens SAVY Volunteer application with at least two letters of recommendation from non-relatives and a copy of their most recent report card. Once the application is received in full, the applicant will be contacted to attend a required SAVY Open House and schedule a personal interview with Volunteer Services.

*We are no longer accepting Savy applications for 2016. Please stay tuned for 2017 announcements.

SAVY’s interested returning for another summer please contact Volunteer Services at for the 2017 Returning Summer SAVY application.


2017 Dates TBA

The SAVY Open House (SOH) gives applicants the chance to informally meet members of Volunteer Services and to learn about the program more in depth. The SOH also gives applicants a chance to meet each other while participating in fun games and ice-breakers. While this event is fun and informal, it is part of the selection process and is mandatory for consideration into the program.


2017 Dates TBA

Orientation is mandatory and will be held for those accepted into the program on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for first year SAVYs and from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. for returning SAVYs. Please RSVP your desired date after receiving your acceptance letter with Volunteer Services.

For more information regarding the SAVY Program, please contact Volunteer Services at 800-582-4673, ext. 4121 or send inquiries via email to