The Kennedy Center

Join NexGenFriends!

Volunteers 18 to 40 Carrying the Torch of Volunteering Forward

Get connected with behind-the-scenes access to the performing arts as a NexGenFriends volunteer

NexGenFriends are individuals 18 to 40 who volunteer at the Kennedy Center, either on a weekly basis or as members of the Festival/Event volunteer program. NexGenFriends are also advocates for volunteer support in the arts and promoting Kennedy Center performances.

Interested in becoming a NexGenFriend? Email us for more information.

Other special opportunities for young professionals to experience the Kennedy Center include Washington National Opera Bravo and the MyTix discount program.

Join us for our 1st annual "Carrying the Torch of Volunteering Forward" Service Day on May 12. NexGenFriends will be volunteering alongside students from the metropolitan D.C area during ARTES DE CUBA From the Island to the World, this spring's international festival at the Kennedy Center. Click here for a volunteer application.

NexGenFriends in Action

NexGenFriends Enjoy these Exclusive Benefits

Benefit Just for Joining 1-20 Hours** 20-60** Hours** 60 Hours+ **
Exclusive NexGenFriends tours of Kennedy Center Check Check Check Check
Invitations to NexGenFriends networking events and happy hours Check Check Check Check
Bi-Monthly NexGenFriends E-blast! Check Check Check Check
Invitation to the Annual NexGenFriends Theater Check Check Check Check
$4 Parking Voucher During Volunteer Shift   Check Check Check
25% Discount Coupon at the Kennedy Center Gift Shop**     Check Check
NexGenFriends T-Shirt     Check Check
Exclusive Invitation to Explore the Arts Event for Young Professionals       Check
Special Gift: Tumbler       Check
Free Ticket Offers to Kennedy Center Performances**       Check

**Benefits Based on Calendar Year

Volunteer Opportunities

NexGenFriends offer a number of skills and services to the nation’s busiest performing arts center. Here are just a few ways you can get involved.

  • Washington National Opera’s  Opera in the Outfield
  • Auditions for ballet, opera and theater
  • International Festivals
  • Millennium Stage- free concerts
  • Child Minding with the Washington National Opera and Dance Programming  
  • DC School and Community Initiatives
  • As a full-fledged Friend of the Kennedy Center, volunteering on a  weekly basis as an artist liaison, multimedia broadcaster, and more.”

Social Activities

The Kennedy Center offers me a home away from home with an extended family of volunteers who love sharing their passion for the arts. And speaking as a NexGenFriend, I feel that young professionals will find a fantastic opportunity to make new connections, get involved with a great organization, and open the arts to the next generation."  
Ryan Gallagher, founding Member and Sunday Morning Tour Guide
  • NexGenFriends Happy Hour at the Millennium Stage
  • Take a Tour with NexGenFriends

Every second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m., take a tour
with NexGenFriends . Just show up at the Tour Desk on Level A.

  • NexGenFriends Theater

NexGenFriends showcase their talent at the annual NexGenFriends Theater.

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Interested in becoming a NexGenFriend? Email with your name and address!

It is easy to get involved!

Find out how to apply!

FriendScript Find out what the volunteers are up to by reading our newsletter! Click to read the latest issue of FriendScript.

Lauren O'Sullivan

When tossing around possible names at an outreach meeting, 'NexGenFriends' just popped into my head! We were discussing the motivations of any individual, regardless of age, to volunteer at the Kennedy Center. Everyone agreed that a love of the arts, and a belief that giving back as a volunteer feeds the soul, was a commonality among all Friends, and that passing the love for the arts and volunteering to the next generation is an important part of our motivation as well.

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