Youth Engagement

Explore opportunities for teens at Brooklyn Historical Society

Teen Council

Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, creative teens to join the Teen Council in the Spring 2018 semester. The Teen Council will create exhibition panels for BHS’s landmark building at 128 Pierrepont Street over the course of the Spring semester.

Time Commitment: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Brooklyn Historical Society
Dates: February – May, 2018
To apply: Fill out the application by December 14, 2017.

BHS Teen Council Members Will Receive:
If you have any questions, or require a paper application, please e-mail us at or call 718-222-4111 ext. 228.

Teen Innovators

Teen Innovators at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 is a school-year long afterschool and internship program on the topics of work, urban development, and equity for dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working, and creative teens. During the fall sessions students explore careers, workplace etiquette, professional writing and communication, and the history of work and workers at the Yard over the past century.

Based on attendance, work ethic, completion of projects and other criteria, students may “earn” (be recommended for) a paid spring internship with one of the 330 businesses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard today. The spring internship semester launches with a week in February dedicated to preparing students for their internships. They will receive job-readiness training including creating a resume, learning interview techniques, dressing for success and completing Human Resource forms. In the past, teens have interned with businesses as varied as their interests, including the International Hispanic Television Network, Brooklyn Clay Industries, and New Lab.

Click here to follow their progress.

Exhibition Laboratory (Ex lab)

From 2007 to 2015, Brooklyn Historical Society dynamically responded to its mission to connect past and present for Brooklyn’s diverse communities and for generations to come through a unique, high-impact teen afterschool program called Exhibition Laboratory, or “Ex Lab.” In Ex Lab, cohorts of 15 - 20 teens joined BHS’s education staff in researching, curating, and mounting a history-themed exhibition in their spring semester. The finished exhibitions have filled BHS’s gallery with teen perspectives, been a source of pride to its young curators, and served as a tangible reminder of BHS’s commitment to education, youth voices, and community engagement. Past exhibitions have explored the secret lives of streets, the Brooklyn Bridge, Jasper Danckaerts’s seventeenth-century Dutch journal, memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, portraiture and photography, Brooklyn’s sugar and sweet industries, and the history of sewers in Brooklyn.