Teen Programs

GEM Program at the Idaho State Museum

Guide, Engage, and Mobilize (GEM) in this brand-new program where you will help to connect visitors to the unique and fascinating history of Idaho. As a member of the Education team at the Museum, you will meet teens from across the Treasure Valley and work together to create and deliver quality programming for visitors of all ages.

This summer, Twelve high school students from across the Treasure Valley participated in the Idaho State Museum’s first ever teen volunteer program. The Guide, Engage, Mobilize (GEM) Program launched in June and was developed to provide high school students entering grades 10-12 the opportunity to go behind the scenes of a museum. Throughout the program, GEM Students helped connect visitors to the unique and fascinating history of Idaho. Students researched and wrote their own artifact talks about objects in the museum’s collection, assisted with summer programs, and developed and facilitated MakerStation activities for families stationed around the museum. They had the opportunity to meet teens from across the Treasure Valley and network with professionals including curators, historians, and designers as they advanced important skills that will prepare them for college and career. On August 15th, GEM participants delivered their artifact talks to family and friends they invited to the Museum along with museum staff. Almost all of the students who participated said that after completing the program they were more interested in museums and had a better understanding of the impact history has on the world today. Many also said the program helped them to improve their public speaking and research skills. The museum hopes to expand the GEM Program in the future.


When is it?

Check back in for GEM dates in Spring of 2020!

What will I be doing?

GEM students will help with Summer Camps, Pop-up MakerStations, Gallery Talks, Family Programs and more! You will network with professionals including archivists, curators, and designers as you advance important skills that will prepare you for college and career.

How should I apply?

Positions are open to any High School Student in the Treasure Valley that is entering 10th– 12th grade. They must be able to commit to meetings and volunteer hours. 2019 applications are closed.