The Student Docent Program is a partnership between PAFA and select schools in which 7th - 12th grade students are trained to become tour guides for their classmates during a museum visit. Over the course of several weeks, Student Docents hone their observation, critical thinking, leadership, and presentations skills while learning inquiry-based tour strategies.
Participating schools receive:
- Free training for Student Docents and waived admission fees for the class tour
- Certificates of Achievement for all participating student docents
- Free Family Memberships to PAFA for all participating Student Docents
- Subsidized bus transportation
How can your students participate in the Student Docent Program?
Due to the popularity of the program, there are limited openings available. To apply for an opening for Spring 2019, please complete an application and submit it to Kristina Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Partner Schools have included
- Belmont Charter High School
- Burlington County Institute of Technology
- Central High School
- Friends Select Center City
- J.W. Hallahan School for Girls
- Mercy Vocational High School
- Philadelphia Virtual Academy
- Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
- Science Leadership Academy Beeber
- Snider Hockey Foundation
- The Philadelphia School
Watch an interview with a Student Docent
Are you a creative professional working with teens?
On June 7, 2016 PAFA hosted Making Strides: Teen Programming in Cultural Institutions a professional development forum. Click here for an archive of materials from the event. Funding for Making Strides was generously provided by the Barra Foundation.
In May 2016, PAFA Teen Program Coordinator Elizabeth Hamilton participated in the panel discussion Handing Over the Reins: Teens as Content Creators at at American Alliance of Museum's Annual Conference. Click here to download free presentation materials.
The Teen LEAD Program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, along with grants from The Hearst Foundations and The Snider Foundation.
The Teen LEAD Program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, along with grants from the 1830 Family Foundation, the Amaranth Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, and The Snider Foundation.