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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.

If you are interested in applying, you should read our participant information, make sure you have permission from your parents/guardian or teacher, and fill in the nomination form.

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)

Carrie Wyncoll
Aarushi Wuppalapati
Lilian Limmer
Apoorva Verma
Catrin Parry
Anabelle Simmonds
Laiba Khan
Emily White-Musgrave
Jade Lucas
Anisha Mehta
Jemisha Bhalsod
Bethany Trott

Jamie Kettle
Rianna Ghosal
Sally West
Vanessa Madu
Imogen White
Alanna Wyncoll
Florence Bradshaw
Noel Rodrigo
Sankha Gamage 
Charlie Webster
Tara Crees
Floriane Fidegnon-Edeh

Sarmpari Uthayakumar
Henry Kerr
Luke Price
George Kerr
Lauren May Banfield
Tsemaye Uwejamomere
Sanna Masood
Amelia Bryant
Navyaa Mathur
Bethany Evans
Amanjit Kaur Somal
Robert Saunt

Saheefa Ishaq
Sujil James
Dilani Selanathan
Caija Addai
Raja Danyal Abbas
Mhairi McCann
Sorcha Grant
Aine Maree Duffy
Shannon-Louise Taylor
Klara Prela
Tayha Jupe
Khadijah Mellah
Cara Nicholson

thumb_03_60_60Chris Conheeny

Tapton School

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!

thumb_03_60_60CREST teacher

It’s helped the self-esteem for some low achievers for whom it is their major achievement in school.