First and foremost, STEAM VT is a youth empowerment project. This means that while our adult staff will be designing and delivering a lot of the programming, older teens are helping to create, teach and lead projects, classes and workshops about things they are inspired about. Peer mentorship is a crucial part of the camp experience. Teens work with our adult staff to develop their ideas and turn them into something that we can all participate in and learn from. Often, teens leading these activities are uniquely knowledgeable in their area of expertise in ways that adult staff might not be, creating opportunities for true participation in running the program.