Mensa reaches out to gifted youth

Gifted youth

Young Mensans (under 18) are one of the fastest-growing segments of Mensa’s membership. There are thousands of Young Mensans across the nation, and Mensa offers programs and services specifically designed to meet their unique needs.

Mensa has full-time staff who support Young Mensans and their families. We invite you to explore what Mensa offers gifted youth and see how becoming a part of the Mensa family can benefit your child.


Membership benefits for Young Mensans

At Mensa, we understand your desire to see your son or daughter enjoy his or her ability, as well as challenge it, and we’re here to help you do just that. We make it easier by providing a wide range of benefits and opportunities for Young Mensans, including:

BookParade
BookParade

The Young Mensan BookParade matches YMs with books from publishers such as Random House, Candlewick, Shadow Mountain, MacMillan, Scholastic, Disney Hyperion, Simon & Schuster and more.

Bright enewsletter
Mensa for Kids' Bright enewsletter

Mensa For Kids' Bright! is the smartest monthly enewsletter for kids ages 6-10. Regular features include games of logic, math, spatial relations and word usage; science features; and activity ideas, programs and feature stories courtesy of the Mensa For Kids website and the Mensa Foundation.

Bright Kids on Pinterest
Bright Kids on Pinterest

We share a number of resources for teachers, parents and gifted youth on our Bright Kids Pinterest boards, created specially to highlight quality educational resources and fun activities.

Contests
Contests

Quarterly contests offer Young Mensans the opportunity to share their talents and interests, as well as win cool prizes.

CultureQuest®
CultureQuest®

Teams of up to five members, including Young Mensans, gather in their neighborhoods on a single day across the U.S. and Canada and, for 90 minutes, compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights. 

Excellence in Reading
Excellence in Reading

Through the Excellence in Reading program, the Mensa Foundation offers gifted youth the opportunity to read a list of age-appropriate books and earn a certificate and free T-shirt. The books on each list are selected by librarians across the U.S.

Gifted youth discounts
Save with gifted youth discounts

In addition to discounts on magazines such as Scientific American MIND, young Mensa members can take advantage of several other cost-savings.

Lesson and activity plans
Lesson plans

Parents and teachers will find many lesson plans geared to gifted youth on the Mensa For Kids website. The plans are developed at a number of grade levels at which gifted youth can complete the lessons without adult assistance. Additionally, there are educational activity plans appropriate for use in school-based programs, as well as in the home.

Mensa For Kids
Mensa For Kids

Mensa for Kids shares high-quality content and programs specifically designed for gifted youth, their parents and teachers around the globe, regardless of Mensa affiliation. An outreach of the Mensa Foundation, Mensa for Kids encourages excellence in the service and education of intellectually gifted youth.

Mensa Honor Society
Mensa Honor Society

The Mensa Honor Society is open to Young Mensans between the ages of 10 and 18 who have not graduated.

Mind Games®
Mind Games®

Shall we play a game? Mind Games® is the ultimate board game event. For three days, Mensans play the newest and hottest board games. Only five games emerge as winners, eligible to bear the Mensa Select® seal. 

Scholarships
Scholarships

The Mensa Education & Research Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants.

Social interaction
Social interaction

Young Mensans can connect with others of similar interests at local, regional and national events.

Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups

American Mensa's Special Interest Groups offer members of all ages the chance to connect with other members who share interests. Many SIGs are open to and welcome Young Mensans. 

TED® Connections
TED® Connections

Mensa for Kids' TED Connections are short, easy to use guides that help teachers, parents and youth use TED talks in a classroom or home setting. Rather than a lesson plan format, they have a list of discussion questions, all at higher levels of thinking.

Year of Living Poetically
The Year of Living Poetically

The Year of Living Poetically is a one-year program designed to help gifted youth and adults memorize quality poems, enriching their lives and minds.

YM2: The Young Mensan Magazine
<em>YM<sup>2</sup></em>: the Young Mensan magazine

Young Mensan Magazine is a free quarterly magazine designed to help Young Mensans connect and share their interests. The most-recent issue is open to the public, but the YM² online archive is available only to current Mensa members.


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