Youth Programs

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Youth Programs

At the Discovery Center we believe youth play an active role in solving today and tomorrow’s toughest challenges—and we’re excited to share resources and present programs that highlight how youth are shaping their local and global communities, now and in the future. Our youth programs include a spring Teen Action Fair, Take Action Summer Workshops, and our Youth Ambassador Program.

Youth Ambassador Program (YAP)

YAP is a yearlong program for high school-aged youth who care deeply about fostering inclusion and belonging, want to raise awareness about local and global issues, and create youth-focused programs and exhibits to inspire positive social change. Youth Ambassadors spearhead community outreach efforts, organize the Teen Action Fair, co-facilitate the Youth Summer Workshops, and develop leadership, empathy, and collaboration skills along the way.



2021 Teen Action Fair: YOUnity

May 20 & 21, 2021 | For two evenings on May 20 and 21 we embraced individuality, developed community, and found ways to take action.

2021 Teen Action Fair: YOUnity

December 9, 2021 | The Gates Foundation Discovery Center’s Youth Ambassadors and musicians from Totem Star hosted an inspiring virtual concert, with an incredible line-up of Totem Star artists, to celebrate the giving season.

2022 Teen Action Fair

May 14, 2022 | The Teen Action Fair is a space to convene and collaborate with organizations to make a difference on a local and global scale. This year’s theme was “Re-imagine” and topics focused on youth mental health, racial equality, and climate change.

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