The Teen Ambassadors is a free after-school program in which Philadelphia area teenagers, grades 9-12, meet weekly to work together to understand the content of the Penn Museum and how it applies to their lives in order to make our museum more relevant and meaningful to teen visitors.
Through group discussion and hand-on activities, Teen Ambassadors learn about anthropology and archaeology and how it can be used to understand their identities and their experiences. Teen Ambassadors then take their new perspectives, combined with the museum’s exhibitions and pre-existing programs, to create new, engaging experiences for our teenage audience.
Teen Ambassadors meet on a weekly basis, Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 October to May. Meetings are centered around discussions based on topics of the Ambassadors’ choosing. Based on those topics, the Ambassadors host bi-monthly events called ‘Teen Science Cafés’ (examples of past programs can be found here and here). In addition to hosting events for other high schoolers, Teen Ambassadors get behind-the-scenes tours of the Penn Museum and its collection, meet Penn professionals, and work closely with Museum departments. Teen Ambassadors will be expected to spend some time throughout the week reading provided articles to help prepare for the weekly meetings as well as working on their projects. The Penn Museum provides Teen Ambassadors with dinner and tokens during our Tuesday meetings.
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