The Museum offers the following youth programs to engage youth in a variety of activities that instill confidence and increase their responsibility and productivity in a secure and nurturing environment:
Public Youth Programs
Programs that offer meaningful activities in making, cooking and gardening for kids 10-15 years old that help them discover their potential, develop their talents and abilities and explore their interests. The Museum collaborates with partners and local experts, education professionals and youth leaders to lead programs. Click on the links below of upcoming events to learn more and register.
Still spots available for tonight's Youth Cook Banana Pancakes! April 24th from 5-7pm.
This casual after hours program allows youth to experience MAKESHOP with friends and peers, and without parents or younger siblings. A wide variety of activites are available at each monthly event, from chocolate moldmaking to laser cutting. Snacks are provided and participants are facilitated by MAKESHOP Teaching Artists who guide and assist their exploration of the space and activities. Check out the MAKESHOP blog for photos and information about Youth Make, older child workshops and other opportunities.
Fridays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
This program offers monthly, hands-on seasonal gardening workshops for middle and high school youth. Workshops are seasonally-themed, such as plant dyes, papermaking, and wreath making in the fall and winter, and mushroom logs, leaf and flower presses, bouquet making, and creating 'bug mansions' in spring and summer. Workshops feature guest experts and are facilitated by Museum staff.
Saturdays, 10:30 am - Noon
This program offers monthly, hands-on seasonal cooking workshops for middle and high school youth. Using food harvested from the Museum’s five on-site and community gardens, youth learn to cook accessible, healthy recipes. The Museum partners with farm cooperative Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance to introduce youth to the concept of community-supported agriculture, and youth test and write recipes for the Penn’s Corner blog. Workshops feature guest chefs and are facilitated by Museum staff.
Fridays, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tripoli Street Garden Nights
Youth can volunteer at the Museum’s largest neighborhood garden site, an existing ¼ acre North Side lot on Tripoli Street called Food City, for weekly evening gardening experiences such as planting, tending and harvesting, with a focus on permaculture and sustainable practices. The program is open to both North Side youth and youth from throughout the Pittsburgh region, as well as North Side families and neighbors. See the Food City Facebook page for volunteer information or email Garden Coordinator Annie Derek firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
After School Programs
This afterschool program engages students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Pittsburgh Allegheny Traditional Academy in making activities in the Museum's MAKESHOP space, interacting and learning from MAKESHOP staff and teaching artists. Students work in MAKESHOP to enhance their problem solving as well as technical skills while they get creative eploring projects such as making their own lamps, using a sewing machine or building wooden tool sets.
Youth Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Mentors & Fellows
Youth mentors are eleventh or twelfth-grade students who assist in planning activities for Youth Cook, Grow and Make and serve as role models for our younger youth program participants. We are not currently hiring for this position.
Food City Fellows are participants in a summer youth program who maintain gardens on the Northside - three onsite at the Children's Museum and one quarter-acre site in the nearby community built by Food City Fellows in Summers 2011 and 2012 - and take part in activities that develop a sense of the importance of food and how it impacts community, learn the principles of permaculture and give them the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle. Youth staff are recruited through the City's Learn and Earn Program. Learn more about the program here.
In this year-round program, high school teens help with community events, work with visitors in the Museum and participate in job readiness workshops that help them learn valuable academic, job and life skills.
Participation in the VolunTEEN Program is highly regarded when considering applicants for paid Youth Employment through Youth Programs at the Museum. Email Volunteer Coordinator JuWanda Thurmond at email@example.com for more information.