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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.
Take Action Summer Workshops Go Virtual
We are shifting our in-person summer workshops to become virtual summer workshops. This change was made out of concern for the safety of our staff and community, and the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the Workshops:
Learn about local and global issues, develop leadership skills, and explore the crucial role youth have in creating positive social change. These middle and high school workshops will 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. This year, the workshops will also have a special focus on the Discovery Center’s We the Future: Young Leaders of Social Change exhibition.
Workshops will be held virtually. Space is limited. Applications are due May 29, 2020.
Middle School Workshop
July 20 – 24, 2020
July 20 & 22, 10:30 AM - 12 PM
July 21, 23, & 24, 10:30 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 2 PM
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 Take Action Summer Workshops, and develop leadership, empathy, and collaboration skills along the way.
Applications for YAP are open to youth who have participated in the Summer Take Action Workshop for high school students.
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.
Book a Free Tour
Planning a visit? We offer free group tours and a drop-in public tour at 2 pm every day we are open.