What is the Youth Council?
The Youth Council is a youth development program for students dedicated to the improvement and development of Discovery Center. Members help contribute innovative ideas geared toward the exploration and education of all age groups, in a fun, entertaining, hands-on way. With a focus on volunteering, the Youth Council provides support and offers recommendations to the Discovery Center Board of Directors, while also learning and growing themselves through their involvement.
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 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.
Over the next year, the Youth Council will play an integral role in events for the annual Tennessee STEAM Festival. Members will participate in the planning of the festival at all stages, with a focus on the partnerships with other local government groups and community organizations.
Benefits of joining
In addition to making a difference at the Discovery Center and within the community, Youth Council members will be introduced to educational and social skill sets throughout their service. Students will gain public speaking skills and career development opportunities to help them with their next steps and personal goals, as they earn volunteer hours at the Discovery Center.
What do I need to join?
Youth Council meetings are held on Monday afternoons in the STEAM Lab at the Discovery Center.
In order to communicate regarding meetings, progress on projects, and volunteer opportunities, both youth and parents will receive direct communications from the Discovery Center.
- Interest in exploring and learning science, technology, engineering, art and math
- Interest in interacting with the public and developing professional skills such as communication, responsibility, teamwork and problem solving
- Attendance at 75% of monthly meetings (anticipated 10 meetings per year)
- Commitment to volunteer at least 6 hours per month and including special monthly events
- Participation in group discussions and research
- Participate in special interest projects
- Participation in the presentation to Board of Directors
- An eagerness to support the Discovery Center and develop practical skills in a professional setting