ASTC is pleased to announce the launch of the Youth Inspired Challenge website, www.youthinspiredchallenge.org. The site is dedicated to documenting the valuable programs offered by ASTC member institutions around the world that engage youth in hands-on STEM learning and nurture tomorrow’s STEM leaders. Visitors will find general information about the Challenge, a directory of participating institutions and descriptions of their programs, and a showcase section highlighting the innovative practices and impact of individual programs. The site also contains information and template marketing materials for participating institutions to support their programs and the Challenge in their own communities.
ASTC member institutions offering youth programs, especially those that focus on youth development and serve youth from underrepresented backgrounds, can still register for the Challenge. Maximum ASTC member participation is necessary to meet the goal of the Challenge—to involve youth in 2 million hours of science enrichment programming at science centers and museums over the next three years. Benefits of participation include:
• Increased visibility of your youth programs through inclusion on the Youth Inspired Challenge web site
• Free Youth Inspired Challenge–branded marketing and promotional materials to facilitate local fundraising
• Access to a community of practice around youth programming and youth development in science centers and museums
• Increased exposure to legislators and policymakers through ASTC’s advocacy efforts.
There is no cost to participate in the Challenge. Participating institutions are required to provide ASTC with data on their programs (student enrollment, number of contact hours, etc.) over the course of the challenge to measure progress toward the goal of two million hours of science enrichment.
Please direct all questions about the Youth Inspired Challenge to Laura Huerta Migus, ASTC’s director of equity and diversity at 202/783-7200 x139.