What is 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 students in 6th-12th grade. The Youth Council does not set policies, but does offer recommendations based on findings, and presents those recommendations to the Discovery Center Board of Directors.
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.
One ongoing project continues to be The Geeking Out Space. Planning for this teen designed and teen oriented space includes developing the business skills needed to manage a budget, finding sponsors, overseeing a project, and working 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 after-school Explorers’ Club program. Over the next year, the Youth Council will play an integral role in events for the Tennessee STEAM Festival.
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. Students will gain public speaking skills and career development opportunities to help them with their next steps and personal goals.
What do I need to join?
Youth Council meetings are held on Monday afternoons in the STEAM Lab at the 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 the presentation to Board of Directors in November
- An eagerness to support the Discovery Center and develop practical skills in a professional setting