Opportunities for Teens

Teen InventorCalling all teens who are museum-lovers, performers, gamers, designers and adventurers! The Office of Visitor Services and Smithsonian Institution Archives are teaming up to create a mobile game based on the Castle scheduled to launch summer 2017. We are seeking local teens to help design and facilitate the experience! Please help us spread the word about these new volunteer opportunities for teens!

There are two ways teens can get involved:

Teen Opportunity #1

We are recruiting teens to participate in a human-centered design workshop to co-develop the mobile game at the Castle. The daylong workshop on March 4, 2017; 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M will be held at the Castle. Participants will take part in a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the history and people of the Castle and develop game prototypes.

Teens must be between the ages of 14-17 and register to participate in the workshop. Lunch will be provided. Register by February 24 by emailing or calling Kristi Delich; (202) 633-5246, delichk@si.edu.

For more information about the workshop, contact Kristi Delich, Office of Visitor Services, (202) 633-5246, delichk@si.edu.

Teen Opportunity #2

We are recruiting teens to help facilitate the mobile game and welcome teens to the Castle this summer. The Castle Teen Volunteer Program is a great opportunity for local teens who have an interest in history, gaming, theater, and story-telling and are looking for a fun summer activity. For more information about the program and to apply click here. Applications are due March 1.

For more information about becoming a Castle Teen Volunteer, contact Abbey Earich, Office of Visitor Services, (202) 633-5260, earicha@si.edu.

This program is sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Women Committee. The Smithsonian Women’s Committee celebrates fine American crafts through two signature events: the Smithsonian Craft Show and Craft2Wear. From the funds raised at these shows the Committee awards grants and endowments throughout the Smithsonian.

BFTF at Wake Forest University

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for Youth (or BFTF for short)!  BFTF is a unique and exciting program initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of State, and hosted by Wake Forest University. As you enjoy your stay in the U.S. and explore American culture and politics you will learn about the opportunities and challenges of civil society. You will gain insight and the knowledge that, combined with your own experiences, will equip you well for leadership and activist roles. We have a website that features orientation material, information on planning your trip, what you need to bring with you, pictures of the BFTF staff and other information you can use before you leave and after you return home.

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