After School Programs

Start An Empire

This spring Brooklyn Children’s Museum, in partnership with Progress Playbook, will host the Start An Empire program for New York City teens.

Start An Empire is a youth project based entrepreneurship program that teaches participants how to start and operate a business by practicing the startup experience. Business projects range from pop-up shops, crowdfunding campaigns, digital media projects, community business revitalization projects and more. Participants collaborate with experts and business owners to launch and operate a one-day pop-up shop that fills a need in their community. Participants also compete for cash prizes and support to launch their own startup.

Start An Empire consists of a series of assessments, workshops, tools and support services that are intended to equip participants with a framework to navigate the entrepreneurship journey.

Participants in the program will:

  • Practice the entrepreneurship experience by launching a one-day pop-up business.
  • Develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Develop the knowledge and skill sets of a business owner.
  • Connect and learn from business experts on how to start and build a business.
  • Work in a team to accomplish team project goals.
  • Learn how to build a startup into a socially responsible company.
  • Inspire and act as role models for other young people in their neighborhoods.

The program will run from March 20th to June 16th 2017. Participants will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213. The Pop-Up Shop will take place at the Museum on Saturday, June 16th.

Applications can be submitted until January 19th, 2018, 11:59pm. Please contact Oasa DuVerney-Gaspar with any questions about this application at

Who is eligible to participate:
Any New York City teen between the ages of 15-19 years old who can commit to full participation in the 12 week Start An Empire program and Pop-Up Shop on June 16th, 2018.

The Start An Empire at Brooklyn Children’s Museum online application can be found here.
For more information on Progress Playbook and the Start An Empire program please click here.

Join our After School and Teen Programs at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s After School Program is a free, year-round program that serves elementary and high school students. This interdisciplinary program has offered unique learning opportunities at the Museum and in the community for over 25 years.


Children in BCM’s daily K–5 program explore arts, culture, and STEM themes guided by our exceptional Museum Educators. Each week, children receive a unique museum experience as they interact with our exclusive collection of over 30,000 museum objects. This program is located at P.S. 189 located on 1100 East New York Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum After School is supported by the Department of Youth and Community Development of the City of New York.

Program Schedule

Monday–Friday, 3–6pm and some school holidays and breaks.

Registration & Contact Information

Enrollment for the 80 students slots will be done by lottery. You must submit a complete application by Friday, September 8, 2017 to be entered into the lottery. Link to the application is below. Sibling preference will be given to the sibling(s) of a selected applicant.

Download 2017-2018 After School Application Packet

For more information, please contact Kwame Brandt-Pierce at



Brooklyn Children’s Museum Teen Council is dedicated to providing Brooklyn teens with their first job experience and supporting them in their transition to the working world through artistic development workshops and an enriching museum internship program.

During the Fall of 2017 the Teen Council will focus on graphic design and the creation of posters and infographics as a way to explore advocacy through art. In a series of workshops teens will learn about graphic design, drawing, printmaking, and computer assisted design and curate their own exhibition while also learning about local politics, cultural institutions, and the many forms that advocacy can take to impact our community. The Teen Art and Advocacy Council will meet on Wednesdays 4:30-6pm October 4th to December 13th (no class on Wednesday November 22nd). Museum internship days will take place Saturdays or Sundays (depending availability) from October 7th-December 17th. If selected for the program there is a mandatory orientation on Wednesday September 27th 4:30-6pm.

APPLICATION IS DUE September 9th at 11:59PM

If you have any questions please email:

Applications are being accepted June 16th -September 9th

Apply online here or download application here.

Drop off completed paper applications at the front desk of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 during public hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-6pm.

If selected for follow up you will be required to attend a group interview on one of the following days and times:

· Friday, September 15th, 4PM

· Friday, September 15th, 5PM

· Saturday, September 16th, 12PM

· Saturday, September 16th, 1PM

· Wednesday, September 20th, 4:30PM

Who Should Apply?

High School Students between the ages of 14-18 years with an interest in the arts, museums, graphic design, science and nature. building leadership skills, working collaboratively to successfully complete a project, and/or organizing and planning fun events at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Benefits to participating in Teen Arts And Advocacy Council:

· Develop professional skills by working alongside museum professionals

· Participate in fun art and research projects

· Earn a stipend and build your resume

· Receive letters of recommendation for college and other professional opportunities

· Exhibit your art and projects at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

· Work collaboratively with other teens and professional artist.

· Learn more about your community and the history Brooklyn

· Fun Trips!

APPLICATION IS DUE September 9th at 11:59PM