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MOHAI Youth Advisors


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 twice a month, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the museum, providing feedback & input on MOHAI projects, and planning 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 teen events at the museum
  • Represent MOHAI in the community and at partner events

This year’s MYA projects included:

  • Researching, writing, and producing season two of Rainy Day History
  • Curating a case of personal artifacts for American Democracy 
  • Peer survey on teen museum-going habits
  • Free First Thursday craft activities
  • Designing a tour tool kit
  • Social media marketing

Who can participate?

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 requirements?

Active participation in MYA meetings and events throughout the year (September–June) is required. Meetings are held twice a month on Thursday evenings, 5–7 pm, except for the first meeting, which is 3 hours long, 5–8 pm. Assignments and projects require an additional, independent time commitment outside of regular meeting hours.

Is MYA a paid position?

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

How does the application process work?

The deadline to apply for the 2020-21 MYA program has passed! Staff will be in touch with applicants over the summer. Click here to 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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