Youth organisations can reach, support and inspire disadvantaged young people in a way that schools and informal science providers sometimes can’t.
We know that science can excite and inspire young people, as well as giving them skills and opportunities to improve their futures. That’s why we’d like youth organisations to include more science activities in their programmes, in addition to sports and the arts.
We want young people to have more opportunities to access and enjoy science on their own terms. We believe that this will help to challenge the idea that 'science is not for people like me'.
What we’re doing
Curiosity: a £2 million funding scheme
We've partnered with BBC Children in Need to launch Curiosity, a £2 million funding scheme. Its aim is to help youth organisations develop and deliver inspiring science activities for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Some of the organisations will be trying out these activities for the first time.
Following an initial round of funding, our final round of funding offered grants of up to £120,000 over three years.
It includes a guide,
How to communicate with youth workers [PDF 740KB], intended for science communicators to use if they want to engage with the youth sector to develop or run informal science learning activities for disadvantaged young people.
Support for youth workers
If you’re a youth worker, and want to develop and use science-related activities in your programmes, see tips and examples from the pilot training scheme we ran for youth workers from the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme.