Teen Leadership Council

The purpose of the Teen Leadership Council is to create a space for motivated teens to plan programs that make topics of Law Enforcement engaging for young people.Working closely with the Museum’s Education Department, the Teen Leadership Council met monthly during the 2018-2019 school year to plan and program: A Day of Arts in the Museum. In addition to engaging with peers and Museum staff, students had an opportunity to meet Law Enforcement professionals such as a hostage negotiator, foreign police officers and former Secret Service agents to learn more about careers in Law Enforcement.

In order to design relevant programming for their peers, the Teen Leadership Council decided to plan a pop-up art show and a one act play which would later morph into a teen town hall to discuss issues relevant to them such as: Use of force, The portrayal of police in the media and pop culture, and Community policing efforts.



As a member of the Teen Leadership Council, you will create and lead programs and activities for your peers and the public. Those opportunities may include:

  • Performances (oral or interdisciplinary)
  • Student exhibitions
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Digital or multimedia projects
  • Film and/or video productions
  • Poetry competitions and/or essay contests
  • Online blogs and discussions
  • Workshops related to museum and/or law enforcement disciplines
  • Career development
  • Special projects and collaborations

The Teen Leadership Council’s programs and workshops aligned with the Museum’s mission to educate the public about law enforcement, while providing diverse forms of engagement that are inclusive and participatory.

To apply for the Teen Leadership Council, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a DC Metro region school (DC, Maryland, and Virginia)
  • Be 14 to 19 years old (or in grades 9 through 12)
  • Have a passion for museums, law enforcement, and community engagement
  • Be available to attend monthly meetings

Deadline: Due to strong interest, the Museum is no longer accepting applications for the Teen Leadership Council for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Teen Leadership Council will meet on Tuesdays on the following dates in 2018/19:

Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, Jun 4

The first meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Sept. 11 will be held at the museum’s offices at:

901 E St NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20004

Subsequent meetings will take place in the Museum.