Apply to Become a Member

Apply to Become a Member Today!

It’s easy and free to become a member! As part of theTeen Science Café Network, you will gain access to resources, support, and guidance, while contributing to an evolving community of practice by sharing lessons learned and your specific expertise in implementing your own unique version of the teen science café program model.

You do not need to have already held a café to apply for membership. We can help you to successfully launch your program.

We offer online resources on the topics of greatest interest to our community such as organizing core teen leadership groups to help plan and run your cafés, preparing scientists to communicate with the teen audience, engaging teens via social media, and designing interactive café programs for teen audiences.

You will be able to contribute to and gain from thoughtful lessons learned stories, and anecdotes via this website’s blog, Cool Café, and Spotlight features. You will receive our monthly e-newsletter.

A member may choose to start an individual teen café program or form a small local network of cafés that share presenters and programming.

After Submitting the Form

Once you receive a Welcome to the Network email, your contact info and some brief text describing your vision of your proposed café will be listed in the Member Directory. You will be able to edit your information.

Requirements for Membership in the Teen Science Café Network

They are basic! Membership requirements are designed to help your program succeed in reaching a broad and diverse teen audience, and allows for adaptation of the model to local situations.

Members agree to:
  • Agree to adhere to the six Core Design Principles of the Teen Science Café Network
  • Create a website or social media page for your café program, to be listed in the Directory on the TSCN website;
  • Collect some basic evaluation data for each teen science café conducted and include it in an Annual Report to be submitted by June 30 of each year.

Questions? Contact us at the TSCN National Resource Center. We are happy to talk them over with you.

Registration is easy!  Just fill out this online application form below to get started.

Staff at the TSCN’s National Resource Center will review your online membership application within a few days and, if we haven’t chatted with you already, we will contact you to set up a short phone or video chat before approving your application. This is an opportunity to start things off on a personal note, and to most efficiently help you get started planning for your café program.  

We can talk about your desires for your café, the Core Design Principles all members follow in designing their cafés, and the basic logistics you will need to consider. You will learn about the ways you can participate in the Network, and leave the chat with new ideas and a list of tangible first steps to take.

Membership Application Form

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Your Information

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Café Information

This information will be used for your listing on our website and WILL be publicly available. Please Note: You may update this information at any time once your listing is posted in the Members' Directory on Once your café has online postings, ie., a website, Facebook page, or a photo or video site, etc., please let us know!
Enter a description of your Teen Science Café program indicating any unique features, formats, themes, resources, or other elements of your program.
Enter the website for the Café
Enter the URL of the Café Facebook page.

Lead Organization or Institution

Enter the name of the Lead Organization
Lead Organization or Institution's Country(Required)
Lead Organization or Institution's State
Lead Organization or Institution's City
Enter the website of the Lead Organization.

Organization of Your Teen Science Café

Please share your plans for developing a Teen Science Café. We don’t expect everyone to have all the skills and knowledge to start a Teen Café at the start, so please indicate any areas that you are less sure of how to proceed. Your responses will help us know how we might immediately help you with existing resources or connect you to another Network member who might be a valuable source of guidance. Note that the questions in this section are largely geared to the six Core Design Principles essential to a successful Teen Café; it will be helpful for you to review these design principles before answering the questions below. ( This information will NOT be made publicly available.
Do you need help in this area?
Do you need help in this area?
How will you recruit the teen leaders and prepare them for their leadership roles? Do you feel you need help in this area?
Tell us about this person’s expertise related to the teen café and provide hers or his contact information.


To establish your membership, you are asked to commit to the following on behalf of your program.