Colleges attended by Youth Programs alumni
Berea College, Kenyon College, UCLA, Bowling Green State University, Muskingum College, UNC Charlotte, Case Western Reserve University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State College, Ohio University, University of Dayton, Culinary Arts School, Reed College, University of Michigan, Howard University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Wright State University, Indiana University, Stanford University, Xavier University, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, Kentucky State University and Tuskegee University.
Graduate from college and start a career
Career development does not end when students graduate from the programs. Each year, several alumni return to Museum Center to serve as Senior Mentors for Youth Programs. Senior Mentors assist Youth Programs professional staff during the summer. Their primary role is to interact with youth at the museum and to provide peer support for their presentations and demonstrations. In addition to returning to assist Youth Programs, several alumni have returned to Museum Center in other roles—from museum floor specialists and outreach presenters to museum coordinators and Youth Programs coordinators.
Profile: Sara Stigler
Sara Stigler is a Youth Programs graduate who volunteered in the Museum of Natural History & Science from 1998-2003. After the program, she completed her undergraduate degree in biology and then went on to earn her master’s in health administration. Stigler is currently a medical student at the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Ohio National Guard.
What's your most memorable experience with Youth Programs?
"I was 12 when I started the Program, and we’ve done so many incredible things over the years. From staying overnight in the Museum, to caving, to training for new exhibits, it’s always been a blast. I can’t choose just one!"
What have you learned as a Youth Programs volunteer?
"I never thought about mentorship before joining the Youth Programs. But after having a mentor, I became one for the younger girls going through the Program. I’ve made some lifelong friends. It’s nice—we’re like a big family here."
Why is it important to give back?
"People who achieve their dreams should give back to others because no one becomes successful without a little help. I didn’t. I wouldn’t be in medical school if I didn’t have the help. I make it a point to return the favor to those who have served as mentors to me."