Volunteer with the CREST Awards scheme
Join our Youth Panel
The British Science Association believes that it is important to involve young people in decision-making and give them a voice on the issues important to them. Our CREST Youth Panel is a group of CREST Award holders aged 13 – 18 who meet twice a year at large science events across the UK to input into the CREST scheme’s projects and those of our partners.
Members of the Youth Panel receive the following benefits during their time serving on the group:
- The title of CREST Youth Advisor
- The opportunity to attend the British Science Festival
- The chance to attend influential CREST meetings and address stakeholders
- The opportunity to represent the BSA at events around the country
- The opportunity to participate in training sessions and develop new skills
- Support with travel costs to and from meetings (for you and an accompanying adult if you are under 18)
How to join
To apply, you must be 13 – 18 years old, still at school or college and have completed a CREST Award.
Volunteer as a mentor
Sharing your expertise and enthusiasm with young people can be very rewarding. As a mentor you may help introduce young people to an area of STEM they might not normally have access to, help them understand good project processes, and open a window into what working in STEM can be like. Mentors play a vital role in developing tomorrow’s talent by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to help inspire students.
Mentors can decide the level of their involvement – it does not have to be long-term or onerous. It can be as simple as dropping into a school/college to kick-start and inspire students at the start of a project related to their career, all the way up to taking on a work experience student – the choice is yours!
How do I start?
The best way is to mentor a student for their CREST project is to volunteer through the STEM Ambassador programme. As a STEM Ambassador, you will receive a free Enhanced DBS Check as well as support and guidance on working with schools.
Current CREST Youth Panel Members (2016/17)
Lauren May Banfield
Amanjit Kaur Somal
Raja Danyal Abbas
Aine Maree Duffy
My STEM club were assessed for their Bronze Award and had so much pride when they got it! The assessor was impressed at the skills they had learned in communication and facing challenges. The whole experience is so valuable!
It’s helped the self-esteem for some low achievers for whom it is their major achievement in school.