Working with the youth sector

We’re working with the youth sector to help give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds more opportunities to engage with and take part in science activities outside school.

Why it’s important 

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. 

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Engaging with the youth sector

Our report, The context of youth workers [PDF 722KB], explores what motivates youth workers, what their priorities are, and some of the challenges they face.

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(opens in a new tab).

Our report, Context matters for disadvantaged young people and informal science activities [PDF 1.11MB], explores the impact of informal science activities on young people when delivered by youth workers.

More information 

Contact us 

If you have any questions, contact Mat Hickman

+44 (0)20 7611 8825