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Volunteer Youth Programs

Teen Advocates for Science Communication (TASC) is a youth volunteer opportunity to learn about science and the natural world and engage with the Academy’s scientists and staff. TASC welcomes 6th - 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.

TASC makes science accessible and fun. As part of TASC, 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.

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Teen Advocates for Science Communication (TASC)

TASC focuses on helping teens to design, build, and implement youth-led programming that enhances science understanding and passion for the natural world.  Primary TASC activities include:

  • Creating public programs that teach science to the Academy’s guests
  • Delivering and facilitating science experiences on the public floor
  • Building confidence and interpersonal skills through a positive learning community
  • Participating 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 experienced program participants who want to challenge themselves by leading the creation of public programs used by their TASC peers.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Teen Advocates for Science Communication Program, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in 9th -12th grade
  • Commit to one program day per week
  • Have an interest in science and the natural world

How to Apply:

Recruitment for the Teens Advocates for Science Communications program happens three times a year. Selected applicants go through a group interview process to ensure a good fit and commitment to the program. Sign up for our Youth Programs mailing list to stay informed about all teen opportunities, including when program applications open.

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TASC MS

TASC Middle School is a youth volunteer opportunity to learn about science and the natural world, participate in civic engagement, and explore all the Academy has to offer. Youth will participate in off-site field studies, in which they will use scientific tools to explore local flora and fauna and participate in citizen science.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Teen Advocates for Science Communication Middle School, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in 6th - 8th grade
  • Be able to commit to one program day per week
  • Have an interest in science and the natural world
  • Have transportation to and from the Academy and nearby areas

How to Apply:

Sign up for our Youth Programs mailing list to stay informed about all youth opportunities, including when program applications open.

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Youth Programs

The Academy provides a variety of out-of-school-time programs for middle and high school-aged youth, with applications opening seasonally.

Program Logistics

Grades: 8th - 12th graders
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Days: Saturdays or Sundays during fall & spring; Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays during summer
Duration: Fall, spring, or summer semester

In the Press

View program highlights and explore the Academy’s impact on youth interest and engagement in STEM.

We Thank Our Donors

The Teen Advocates for Science Communication (TASC Force) program is also supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Genentech, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Koret Foundation.

Koret Foundation and Genentech sponsor Science Action Club.