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Monday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Teen Councils, Committees, and Advisory Groups: Methods and Models to Fit Your Needs

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We want: to know what teens want and their opinions; and to provide teens with avenues to develop leadership roles and planning skills. Join us as we explore youth councils, committees and advisory groups – programs at the intersection of youth participants and adult staff. Panelists represent a variety of institutions, sizes, purposes, and stages of development. Each will briefly describe their group and tackle a few big issues before we split the room up, and help you think about your own. Participants will leave with a resource packet with tips and best practices, and opportunities for partnerships and continued support.


Christine Banks Calderon

Christine Banks Calderon coordinates the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium, a partnership of 12 institutions with programs that provide mentored STEM research experiences for underserved and underrepresented NYC high school students. Part of her work focuses on building community... Read More →

Chelsey Clevenger

Chelsey Clevenger, in her role at the Mayor’s Office, aids in the development and sustainability of Youth Councils in 60+ unique City Agencies and Community Based Organizations across New York City. Duties in this role include but are not limited to facilitating trainings for the... Read More →

Betsy Gibbons

Betsey Gibbons is the Assistant Museum Educator for High School Internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she worked with high school and college students at the New-York Historical Society and taught in the Federated History Department of NJIT and Rutgers University-Newark... Read More →

Brian Levine

Brian Levine manages the Lang Science Program, a 7-year extracurricular science program for 6th – 12th graders. Recently, students and Brian started a Youth Committee, based on interest in providing feedback and having a voice in schedules, course options, and more. Brian is also... Read More →

Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez first joined the American Museum of Natural History in 2010 as a summer intern. After interning at the museum he was hired as the Coordinator of the Sackler Educational Laboratory where he developed and taught programming around the subjects of Physical Anthropology... Read More →

Erin Shaw

Erin Shaw developed and currently facilitates the BKLYN Library Youth Council, BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project, and BCAPteen Alumni Advisory Committee for Brooklyn Public Library. She has also been the program director for several service- and arts-based youth leadership programs... Read More →

Sasha Wortzel

Sasha Wortzel is coordinator of teen programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she oversees Youth Insights (YI) Leaders, a paid after-school internship for high school students. YI Leaders organize public programs and events for other New York City teens, learn to develop... Read More →

Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Gilder Lehrman Hall 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016