Today’s youth will solve tomorrow’s toughest challenges—and we’re excited to share resources and present programs that help them take an active role in shaping their community, 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)
This year-long program for high school students inspires global awareness — along with the courage and tools — to take action. Youth Ambassadors spearhead community outreach efforts, empower others to take action, and develop leadership and collaboration skills along the way. Applications for YAP are open each spring, check back soon for application details. Every year the Youth Ambassadors organize the Teen Action Fair bringing hundreds of teens together who are making a difference.
Take Action Summer Workshops
Are you interested in working with other to create positive social change? If so, join us this summer for a week-long leadership workshop! The Discovery Center offers two sessions:
Students entering grades 6-8
July 9 – 13 from 10 am – 3 pm
Students entering grades 9-11
July 23 – 27 from 9 am – 3 pm
During the workshops students will explore local and global issues via games, field trips, and exposure to organizations and people working to achieve positive social change. In addition, students have an opportunity to envision their own role in how they can contribute to making a difference in their local communities and across the world.
Applications for Take Action Summer Workshops are open till April 30, or as long as space allows.
Find unique, socially-conscious gifts for family and friends from over 30 vendors and organizations that support causes such as empowering women and girls, protecting the environment, fighting for clean water, and responding to the refugee crisis. This year’s program will have a special section on local organizations using design innovation to tackle world problems.
Looking to do more than just shop? Pull up a chair, push up your sleeves, and make your own gifts alongside local artists. Have fun participating in this unique opportunity at our once-a-year Giving Marketplace.