Youth Development

Since 2006, EdVenture has engaged middle and high school students in programs that promote creative thinking to develop critical thinking skills; increase self-confidence; encourages them to stay in school; and increases awareness of post-secondary learning opportunities and careers. EdVenture is proud to work with over 300 of South Carolina's youth annually through the following initiatives:

Future Leaders After-school Program (for 7th and 8th graders)

EdVenture's Future Leaders program is run through its after-school program throughout the state of South Carolina. Curriculum recruits and engages at-risk middle school students from under-resourced families into leadership development and career exploration opportunities. Participants are able to form friendships with others in the program who have similar academic goals and seek leadership opportunities in their schools and communities.

Future Leaders has been recognized nationally. It received the Association of Science-Technology Centers' Leading Edge Award and was designated as one of eight museums nationally to participate in the Science Career Ladder Project through the New York Hall of Science.

Youth Development is supported by:

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Bank of America

Museum Apprenticeship Program (8th-12th graders)

Young men and women in 8th through 12th grade can apply to join EdVenture's Museum Apprenticeship Program. Youth volunteers will develop 21st-century skills, communication, public speaking, collaboration, and life skills while working in a professional environment. MAPs participate in structured leadership development training and are paired with museum staff throughout the year to work in exhibit interpretation, facilitate public programs and events, help with museum administrative activities, and more. With the completion of volunteer hours, youth can gain access to different opportunities and programs. EdVenture's signature youth development program teaches valuable work and life skills through volunteer service. Applications for new MAP participants will open February 18!

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Youth Development is supported by:

Colonial Life


Youth Development is supported by:

Colonial Life

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