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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
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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.
Applications for 2020-21 are now closed.
Teen Action Fair
Celebrate youth-driven change at the Discovery Center's annual Teen Action Fair (TAF) held in March each year. At the day-long event, attendees will connect with youth and organizations working to make a difference in their local and global communities through volunteering, art, social justice campaigns, and more. This celebration features hands-on activities, powerful live performances, youth-led open mic, art showcase, give back activities, and over 30 youth-driven and youth-focused organizations.
Take Action Summer Workshops
Each summer the Discovery Center hosts week-long workshops for middle and high school students during the month of July. Participants learn about local and global issues, develop leadership skills, and explore the crucial role youth have in creating positive social change. Workshops include presentations by youth activists, Gates Foundation staff, community leaders, dialogues facilitated by the Discovery Center’s Youth Ambassadors, and action projects. Find out about organizations that are working to address local and global social issues. For 2021, the workshops will be held virtually.
Virtual Youth Leadership Workshop: Global Goals/Local Action
Monday –Thursday, July 19 –22 | 10:30 am – 12 pm
This workshop is open to youth entering grades 10 – 12. Want to deepen your commitment as change agents in your communities? This workshop lets you explore your leadership interest by learning more about key, local and global social issues, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Deep dive into the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and engage with guests working locally and globally to create positive change. You’re sure to leave inspired to take action!
Virtual Youth Summer Workshop: COVID-19 Time Capsule
Monday –Thursday, July 19 –22 | 1 pm – 2:30 pm
This workshop is open to youth entering grades 7 – 9. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a time capsule – a folder or box of memories and keepsakes meant to capture what life was like at a certain moment in time? Join us as we engage in a number of fun, interactive and creative activities and curate our own pandemic time capsules. We’ll share playlists, create blockbuster pandemic movie plots, rate our personal pandemic highs and lows and share some tips with each other on how we made it through this most challenging year. We’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions of Gates Foundation staff working to end the pandemic worldwide. Each participant will walk away with a digital scrapbook or folder, meant to be “dug up” and re-read some time in the distant future, offering opportunities for further reflection.
Virtual Youth Summer Workshop: What to do with all that Poo?
Monday –Thursday, July 26 –29 | 10 am – 12:30 pm
This workshop is open to youth entering grades 7 – 9. Everybody poops, but where does it go? This workshop explores how people across the world are creatively solving the crucial question of sanitation – and what we can do locally to help. Examine connections between sanitation and related issues like health, gender, education, and equity.
This workshop is open to youth entering grades 10 – 12. Everyone needs nutritious food, but not everyone has equal access to it. In this workshop, we’ll explore how social and economic power structures play a role in it. We’ll also discover foods from around the world and critically examine global and U.S. food systems. Thanks to our guest speakers working in agriculture, you’ll learn to cook with new ingredients and walk away with skills to grow your own garden too!