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MOHAI Youth Advisors

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MOHAI values teens’ voices! MOHAI Youth Advisors (MYA) is a place for high school students to investigate, explore, and be empowered to create a more teen-friendly museum. At the same time, MYA gives teens access to museum professionals and adult mentors, and helps them connect with their local history. Get involved with Seattle’s cultural and historical community!

Generous support provided by The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

MYA is a powerful way to help guide the museum in what teens want and need. Youth advisors make the museum more welcoming for their peers by finding fun and creative ways to connect teens with MOHAI, and providing input on the development of museum programming and exhibits. MYA is teen-driven; youth advisors work together to choose and build their own projects and activities. MYA also interact with MOHAI staff to learn more about the behind-the-scenes work of a museum and dive deeper into local history. This team of twelve high school students meet regularly from September-June and are offered a monthly stipend.

MYA is also the creative force behind Rainy Day History, an award-winning podcast that explores Seattle’s past as it is mirrored in our city today. Learn more and listen along.

Generous support provided by The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

What does MYA do?

MYA meets weekly, alternating between in-person meetings and online check-ins. Throughout the year, youth advisors get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum, provide feedback & input on MOHAI projects, and plan events, resources, & opportunities for teens at the museum.

  • Meet museum and history professionals to learn more about how a museum runs
  • Get sneak peeks and provide feedback on ongoing MOHAI projects
  • Discuss and think creatively about the role of local history in teens’ lives
  • Collaborate with staff, partners, and each other to organize events
  • Represent MOHAI in the community and at partner events

This year’s MYA projects included:

  • Building a new Rainy Day History website, including researching, writing, and producing original digital history content—launching this summer!
  • Working with the Public Programs team to plan a virtual event for MOHAI
  • Running the @mohaiteens Instagram account
  • Research to help the MOHAI Library process a new photo collection
  • Conducting a peer survey on what teens want from MOHAI
  • Designing at home crafts and activities
  • Curating content for MOHAI’s History at Home eNews
  • Planning a teen arts showcase with youth representatives from other cultural organizations

Who can participate?

MOHAI Youth Advisors come from neighborhoods and schools across the greater Seattle area, are a mix of returning members and first-time participants, and include students with a variety of interests, skills, ages, and experiences.

MOHAI looks for creative, collaborative, and motivated teens that are passionate about history and community to get involved, connect, and have an impact at the museum. The program lasts from September–June, and applicants must be high school students between the ages of 14–18.

What are the participation expectations?

Regular attendance and active participation in MYA meetings and projects throughout the year (October–June with a September orientation) is required.

In-person meetings are held at the museum twice a month on Thursday evenings, 5–7 pm. On Thursdays with no in-person meetings, MYA has a one-hour online check-in using a chat-based platform.

Assignments and projects require an additional, independent time commitment outside of regular meeting hours. These include but are not limited to volunteer shifts, project tasks and check-ins, short reflections, etc.

Is MYA a paid position?

Yes—each participant receives a small monthly stipend of $75 per month. Students may alternatively choose to complete the program for community service hours.

How does the application process work?

The deadline to apply for the 2021-22 program has passed! MOHAI staff will reach out to current applicants over the summer. Contact the Education Department with any questions or accommodation needs throughout the application process.

Applications for MYA open in the spring for the upcoming school year. MYA applicants are primarily evaluated by their short essay responses, then through a selective phone interview process.

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