Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.
NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.
NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.
About the Position
Youth Ambassadors Community Leadership Program (Volunteer Position)
High school and college students are invited to apply to the Youth Ambassadors Community Leadership Program for the 2019-2020 school year. This program trains students in educational practices, community building and leadership through their work with Science Ambassadors, an after school program at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) where K-8 students from the local neighborhood of Corona are invited to the museum to participate in free educational programming.
During the course of the program, participants will:
• Receive training in educational practices and communication.
• Take a self-assessment and evaluation to track personal development.
• Have access to exclusive college and career readiness workshops hosted by NYSCI staff.
• Network with peers through fun team-building and appreciation events.
• At least 14 years old, or a freshmen in high school.
• Available for both a full semester commitment. Students available for both the fall and spring semesters (September – June) strongly preferred.
• Availability from 3 – 5:15 pm, two days a week, Monday – Thursday (excluding school holidays and breaks).
• Eager to develop leadership and communication skills.
• In good academic standing (85 average or above).
• Provide a teacher recommendation letter.