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Kitty Andersen
Youth Science Center

The core purpose of KAYSC is to empower youth to change the world through science! The KAYSC engages over 100 youth annually in grades 7-12 in out-of-school-time (OST) science programming afterschool, Saturdays, and during the summer.

Programs target students from communities underrepresented in STEM disciplines:

  • 75% of participants are from low-income families
  • 60% are girls
  • 90% are youth of color

Middle school youth start as service-learning volunteers in 7th grade and can progress to paid positions during high school and as alumni interns after graduation from high school.

Youth work in theme-based "teams," and build competencies in youth leadership, career development, and science literacy that they in turn share with their communities. Youth on KAYSC teams develop community service-learning projects and lead hands-on STEM workshops/outreaches for younger youth (pre-K through 6 grades) in their communities. These workshops are developed in collaboration with other organizations that lead out-of-school-time workshops at various venues throughout the Twin Cities.

Since its inception, KAYSC has engaged over 1000 participants. Last year alone, the KAYSC reached over 50,000 museum visitors and 5,000 children on outreaches in over 25 different community sites.

Youth Science Day 2014

Youth Science Day Photo Booth: July 17, 2014

Youth Science Day is an event for youth ages 13-18. It is a place for youth to join their peers in discovering and exploring an interest and passion in STEM and their future in a STEM field!