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 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.
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 the Calendar of Events and the MAKESHOP blog for photos and upcoming dates, or join the 10+ mailing list to get information about older child workshops and opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.