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The Youth Inspired Challenge
The Youth Inspired Challenge is a major new ASTC initiative designed to expand the impact of science centers and museums to assist our youth to become the innovative and creative thinkers needed for the 21st century workforce. This new program is inspired by President Obama’s goal of strengthening the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics knowledge of America’s students. ASTC member institutions will offer valuable science education and youth employment programs outside the classroom to engage at least 25,000 youth, ages 10-19, in a minimum of 2 million hours of science enrichment.
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General Information

Youth Inspired Challenge Announcement
Release date - September 2010
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Youth Inspired Challenge 1-pager
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Youth Inspired Challenge Frequently Asked Questions
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ASTC Member Information

Maximum participation of ASTC members is essential for meeting the goals of the Challenge. ASTC member institutions that offer programs meeting the following criteria can sign up today:

  • Programs should serve youth ages 10–19.
  • Programs must provide at least 6 hours of hands-on STEM learning and/or skills development.
  • STEM professionals or educators should be involved as mentors.
  • Programs should focus on encouraging participants to pursue STEM studies and/or careers.
  • Limit student-to-staff ratio to 25:1 to maximize program impact

The Youth Inspired Challenge places a particular priority on programs that target youth from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM studies and professions, including:

  • girls,
  • youth from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds,
  • people with disabilities, and
  • youth from socioeconomically strained communities.

Contact Laura Huerta Migus, ASTC's Director of Equity & Diversity, for more information about joining the Challenge.

Youth Inspired Challenge Media Kit for ASTC Members
ASTC has developed a media kit to facilitate local media coverage and consistent branding of programs in the Challenge. Member instutions must be officially registered before using these materials for promotional purposes.

Youth Inspired Challenge Frequently Asked Questions for ASTC Members
Release date - September 2010
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Youth Inspired Challenge 1-pager
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Youth Inspired Challenge Sample Local Press Release
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Youth Inspired Challenge Sample Editorial
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Youth Inspired Challenge Sample Letter to Local Officials
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Youth Inspired Challenge Blank Letterhead

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