Youth Membership Scheme

Centre of the Cell’s Youth Membership Scheme (YMS) is open to all young people aged 14 – 19. Through the YMS we offer a range of activities and opportunities for young people interested in a career in science and healthcare. All activities are completely free of charge.

To join the Youth Membership Scheme, complete and return a contact and monitoring form, which can be downloaded here. To find out more about the YMS, see below.

The YMS offers the following opportunities:

Work Experience

We offer a limited number of term-time work placements every year. On work experience you will go behind the scenes of Centre of the Cell, and assist us with school visits. Please note that a work placement with us does not include laboratory experience.

Volunteering

Volunteers help us during the school holidays, when we run events for families. You’ll help our visitors get the most out of their experience, and help our staff with practical tasks.

Advice & Mentoring

We run advice and mentoring sessions for science and health careers throughout the year. These include careers workshops, where you can meet scientists working at Queen Mary University of London and medical or dental students studying at Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry. We also run advice sessions to help you with university applications for medicine, dentistry, and other science-related university courses. Over the Easter holidays we run biology revision sessions to help you prepare for exams.

Summer School

2019 will see the third Centre of the Cell summer school, in which 15 year 12 students will take part in a week packed full of activities which provide first-hand experience of science and health-related careers, such as laboratory work and clinical skills workshops. The summer school is the only YMS activity with a competitive application process, which will open in March/April 2019.

Big Question Lectures

Twice a year we host a Big Question lecture, a talk aimed at our Youth Members and delivered by a leading scientist from on campus at Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry. Members can bring friends and family to hear about ground-breaking research happening here in London, and to ask our speaker about their work. Previous Big Questions have included: “The Great Plague: How have autopsies transformed our understanding of disease?” and “Was World War One good for medicine?”

Youth Forum

The Youth Forum provides unique opportunities for Members to help with Centre of the Cell projects and have a direct influence on our work. Past meetings have included:

  • Working with us to develop upcoming Big Question lectures.
  • Testing new educational content.
  • Judging a social media competition.

Special Projects

Occasionally we are able to offer a small group of Youth Members the opportunity to work on a long-term project. Previous projects included the Sores, Spores & Sickly Bugs project, where Youth Members visited archives and researched the history of medical treatment in East London, and used their research to develop and deliver activities to families. You can find out more about this project here.

Our activities and opportunities are available free of charge, but on a first-come, first-served basis (except for the Summer School), and only to Youth Members. To enrol, please complete and return a contact and monitoring form, which can be downloaded here.
Youth Members are encouraged to demonstrate their interest and motivation by enrolling themselves and maintaining their own bookings for events.

If you have any enquiries about our Youth Membership Scheme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at youthmembers@centreofthecell.org

Anima at Wellcome Collection     Picture of young medical students     Young people researching trail     Lecture  

Summer school student using a microscope     WW1 workshop image     Creating animation     © Wellcome Images           

Upcoming Events & Opportunities:

Careers in Science & Health sessions
Do you enjoy studying science at school? Do you think you’d like to pursue a science or health related career, but you’re not sure what your next steps are? Come along to our next free mentoring sessions all about careers in science and health:

Thursday 31st of January 4:15pm – 5:30pm – Meet the Scientists
In this session you will hear from five scientists from completely different areas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Our panel of scientists will speak about their career journey so far and what a day in their current job is like. This exciting event will give you insight into a range of science careers, and you’ll be able to ask the scientists for specific advice, as well as more general questions about their careers.

This session is free to attend, but you must reserve your place by booking a ticket here

Tuesday 12th of February 4:15pm – 5:30pm – Careers Advice & Mentoring
In this workshop you will take part in activities that will help you explore the huge variety of careers in STEM, identify careers that are well-suited to your personality, and improve your CV and cover letter-writing.

This session is free to attend, but you must reserve your place by booking a ticket here

February half term volunteering
We are looking for Youth Members to assist us with the running of our events for families during the February half term. Volunteers may help meet & greet visitors, assist visitors while they play games in the Pod, and assist staff members with setting up and packing away science show kit. Half term volunteering offers a brilliant opportunity to improve your confidence and communication skills while having fun and helping us to inspire our visitors!

If you are interested in volunteering during February half term, please contact us at youthmembers@centreofthecell.org. Please note you must belong to the Youth Membership Scheme to volunteer with us – see how to join above.