What is the the Youth Council?
The Youth Council is a research and advisory board composed of students dedicated to the improvement and development of Discovery Center with innovative ideas geared towards the exploration and education of all age groups with a fun, entertaining, hands-on experience for the betterment of the community. Our goal is to gather data from kids in 4th-12th grade. The information is aggregated and an end of the year assessment is presented to the Discovery Center Board of Directors. The Youth Council does not set policies, but does offers recommendations based on findings.
About Youth Council
The Youth Council was started in 2013 with a goal of expanding the Discovery Center’s programs, exhibits, and outreach opportunities and to better engage teens and tweens in the community. After completing extensive evaluations of the Discovery Center and analyzing the feedback, the Youth Council began making recommendations to the Board of Directors that centered on visitor-driven updates to exhibits and allowed for the development of a dedicated space for older youth.
The Geeking Out Space has been in development for almost two years and is ready to launch an introductory phase in 2017. In the coming year, the Youth Council will work on opening the Geeking Out Space and developing the business skills needed to manage a budget, find sponsors, oversee a project, and work effectively as a team. In addition to the Geeking Out Space, the Youth Council has also participated in several special interest projects at the Discovery Center including free days, summer camps, and leading the Explorers’ Club.
Benefits of joining
In addition to making a difference at the Discovery Center and within the community, Youth Council members will be introduced to practical business skill sets and practices throughout their service.
What do I need to join?
Youth Council meetings are held on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in the STEAM Lab at Discovery Center. Both the recommitment form and application ask for potential conflicts for meeting dates. The selected dates for meetings will be based on this information.
In order to communicate regarding meetings, progress on projects, and volunteer opportunities, both youth and parents will receive direct communications from Discovery Center.
- Attendance at 60% of monthly meetings (anticipated 8 meetings per year)
- Participation in group discussions and research
- Participate in special interest projects
- Participation in presentation to Board of Directors in November