*Online membership application form is below
It’s easy and free to become a member! As part of the Teen 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.
We will 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.
Online Membership Application Form (below)
It’s easy! Just fill out this online application form 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.
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 so that anyone interested in helping with or participating in your café may network with you. Also, a “cup” pinpointing your café location will be added to the Network Map. You will have access to edit any of this info at any time by logging in to the website, and are encouraged to post photos of your café and upcoming dates and info. Teens, parents, potential presenters, other café coordinators, and even donors may find you this way!
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.
- Adhere to six Core Design Principles for a teen science café;
- Register the program with the Network Asset Map and review and update the information annually;
- Create a website or social media page for the program;
- 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.
By submitting your online Membership, your organization agrees to the Requirements for Membership.