Get me into there!

I’m a Teenager... Get Me Into There!  is our ground-breaking training programme aimed at the staff teams of cultural and heritage venues and libraries.

It aims to support public-facing staff to feel more confident in their interactions with young people and better able to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for the young people they invite into their building.

Crafted from extensive research with young people, our programme is uniquely tailored for those who interact with teenagers daily but lack specialised skills or support.

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We want to empower professionals to create welcoming environments and successfully engage with teens.

Remember – getting it right for teens means getting it right for everyone!

Upcoming public training courses

fri07junAll DayI’m a Teenager... Get me into There!Ensuring young people feel welcome in cultural spaces(All Day: friday) GMT Wigan Event Organized By: Steph Hawke

wed09octAll DayI’m a Teenager... Get me into There!Ensuring young people feel welcome in cultural spaces(All Day: wednesday) GMT Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Event Organized By: Louise Hesketh

There are multiple ways to access this course:

1At your venue, facilitated by Curious Minds
Arrange for Curious Minds expert facilitators to run this course with your organisation. We are able to work with you to create bespoke offers, including shaping the programme around the specific needs of your venue or team and incorporating local need or research. Get in touch.
2Attend an in-person public course
Our day-long training sessions, led by expert trainers, combine presentations, short films, individual and group activities. Considering bringing your team to your venue? This is an excellent opportunity to preview the course content.
3Complete our online training
Our online course will help you and your staff identify practical, manageable changes you can make to encourage more teenagers to come in. Complete the course by yourself, in your own time.
4Run a session for your staff
Download a teaching pack to run activities yourself with your staff team or volunteers

What does the course cover?

The course delves into brain science, interpersonal dynamics, and lifelong attitudes toward creativity and curiosity. 

Drawing insights from two flagship youth engagement programs delivered by Curious Minds, participants will gain insights into the motivations behind teenage behaviour, enabling better anticipation of their needs and effective communication.

This training is active and action-focused. Participants  leave with a set of actionable strategies which you can put straight into practice at your workplace.

Course Content includes:

Perceptions of Young People:
Uncover how our perceptions shape our behaviour and impact young visitors.
Teenage Brain Development:
Understanding this can help us to better understand the young people we work with or welcome into our venues.
Barriers and Enablers:
Examine real-life situations affecting young people's experiences in cultural venues.

Who is this programme for?

If you engage with young people at cultural and place-based venues, this program is designed just for you. We suggest that individuals with expertise in the following areas take part in this program:-

  • Front of house staff, such as security and hospitality services
  • Marketing, communications, and sales teams
  • Ticketing and booking personnel
  • Technical support staff, including onsite IT support
  • Housekeeping professionals
  • Support teams and broader leadership, including governors

Why is this programme important?

When young people visit an arts or cultural venue as an independent visitor (rather than on a school trip or through a specialist participation programme) they don’t always have a positive experience. This can be because of invisible barriers that haven’t been considered. 

Every adult interaction matters when it comes to young people experiencing something new.  When visiting cultural venues, these interactions can completely change a young person’s perception of the whole visit, regardless of what they’ve come to see or do, and affects their willingness to engage in the future. The responsibility to get it right is huge.

The programme supports organisations to affirm teens' right to access cultural spaces and recognise the lasting influence of positive teenage experiences.

Costings

We operate a sliding scale pricing structure, according to organisation size.
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Individual places on public course

starting from£195

  • Small organisation
    With a yearly income of under £250K
    £195
  • Medium organisation
    With a yearly income of between £250K - £1M
    £245
  • Large organisation
    With a yearly income of over £1M
    £335
  • Non-charity or private sector organisation
    £450
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At your venue,
facilitated by Curious Minds

starting from£1,650*

*excluding venue hire, travel and accommodation

  • Small organisation
    With a yearly income of under £250K
    £1650
  • Medium organisation
    With a yearly income of between £250K - £1M
    £1950
  • Large organisation
    With a yearly income of over £1M
    £2650
  • Non-charity or private sector organisation
    £3650

Terms & Conditions - Organisations

Terms & Conditions - Individual Bookings

Get in touch

Find out more about how we can support you and your staff.

Explore our online course for free

Get a feel for the course content before booking for your staff.

‘I’m A Teenager… Get Me Into There!’ – was a programme first developed in partnership with national youth charity UFA and the Lancashire Library and Museums Service. It was later redeveloped with the support of Youth Focus North West and 5 museum services as part of our Hope Streets initiative.