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Teen Advocates for Science Communication is the Academy's seasonal youth volunteer program. Participants carry out our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life by designing and presenting original programming to the public.
The Teen Advocates for Science Communication program (TASC Force) is a youth volunteer opportunity to learn about science and the natural world, engage with the Academy’s scientists and staff, and provide educational activities for the Academy’s annual 1.3 million visitors. The TASC Force welcomes 8th - 12th grade students from across the San Francisco Bay Area to engage with science in fun and innovative experiences that build confidence, enhance science learning, and improve science communication skills.
As the Academy’s premiere art/science integration program, the TASC Force makes science accessible and fun. As part of the TASC Force, youth will integrate art and performance into the Academy’s science content to create exciting programs for guests of all ages. The program attracts those who want to embrace their creativity in an authentic and supportive science environment.
The TASC Force program focuses on helping young adults to design, build, and implement youth-led programming that enhances science understanding and passion for the natural world. The program’s experiences help youth volunteers explore, explain, and sustain life by providing opportunities to learn from the Academy’s scientists, youth professionals, and the institution's numerous scientific assets. Primary TASC Force activities include:
- Creating public programs that teach science to the Academy’s guests
- Deliver and facilitate science experiences on the public floor
- Build confidence and interpersonal skills through a positive learning community
- Participate in a variety of educational outreach opportunities across the San Francisco Bay Area
Within TASC, the Leadership Design Team (LDT) is a smaller group of seasoned program participants who want to challenge themselves by leading the creation of public programs used by the their TASC peers. LDT designs interactive programs for the public floor that push the boundaries of what it means to engage with exhibits. In addition to creating the public programming used by the TASC Force, this group of leaders has the opportunity to build leadership and peer mentoring skills alongside the Academy’s staff.
Whether it’s participating in a science based flash mob or exploring leaf cutter ants with guests in the rainforest, the TASC Force brings fun, interactive programs to the public floor.
To be eligible for the TASC Force program, applicants must be interested in delivering youth-created programming to the Academy’s guests, in grade 8 - 12, and willing and able to attend the entire semester’s meeting dates. All TASC Force youth receive acknowledgement of their community services hours to the TASC Force program and the California Academy of Sciences.
Recruitment for the Teens Advocates for Science Communications program happens three times each year. Applicants go through a series of interviews to ensure a good fit and commitment to the program. To hear when the next application period opens, join our email list.
Age: 8th - 12th graders
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Time: After school and weekends
Duration: Fall, spring, or summer season
The Teen Advocates for Science Communication (TASC Force) program is generously supported by S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; The Hearst Foundations; and Jackie and Howard Nemerovski.