By Gillian G, Youth Council Member
Earlier in the scholastic year a group of passionate, dedicated high school students from around the Chicagoland area came together for the first time. While diverse in their backgrounds, all the council members share a commonality; their passion for exploration and innate curiosity lead them to represent the youth of our community. The goal is to bridge the gap between teenagers and the Field Museum, and strengthen the partnership between the two. To accomplish this goal, members work to host two curioCITY career events centered on sparking interest in science and non-science careers and investigating the connections between teen experiences and the work of the museum. By inviting scientists and professionals of other careers to the Field Museum, a teen audience can be a part of the conversation between these professionals. Throughout the conversation the parallels seen between the participants has inspired inquiry into careers as diversified as FBI agent and shark geneticist, artist and anthropologist, geologist and visual arts professional, and many others!
Youth council members are able to plan and create teenage centric events. In addition, youth council members have the opportunity to build career skills, team build, and become part of the Field Museum community. Our meetings take place in the Digital Media Studio, a space designed by teens for teens at the Field Museum. Sharing ideas and passions in a space curated for such a purpose has become integral to the success of curioCITY. Youth council members, both experienced and inexperienced, come together to influence the evolution of teen involvement at the Field Museum.
When asked about her favorite part of the Field Museum Youth Council members Delia echoed this sentiment, “I have grown a lot over the program, and have witnessed the growth of my peers. I have enjoyed how involved I am in the process of curating a learning environment at the Field Museum and hope to keep in touch in the future!
Youth are the change we need for the future we hope to embody. Be a part of that change by following the youth council on Instagram at teens-take-the-field and updates from this blog. Hope to see you at upcoming events!