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The Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program

Afterschool STEM Mentoring
Afterschool STEM Mentoring

Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists

The New York Academy of Sciences’ Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program (ASMP) recruits undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and STEM professionals to mentor elementary and middle school students with the goal of inspiring a lifelong interest in STEM. In partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), participants are placed at one of our many afterschool sites around New York City and commit to teaching 1 session a week, over a 10-12 week period. Participating Mentors receive training in STEM curriculum (we offer courses ranging from genetics to space science) and youth development, and work with a site staff partner to implement weekly sessions.

COVID-19 Update

The safety of our participants and the communities we work with is incredibly important to us, and we will be closely following NYC and DOE guidelines regarding in-person sessions in the coming months.

As such, we are currently working with our partner sites to conduct virtual sessions of ASMP where possible.  Recruitment of new program mentors is anticipated to resume for the Fall 2020 session.  Please check back for more updates.

Click here to learn more about the Academy's response to COVID-19.

Our Impact

Since our launch in 2010, we have placed over 1,000 scientists into afterschool programs all over the NYC area and impacted 13,000+ students! Check out the map below to see some of our most recent Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program sites.

Contact

Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance

Be Notified When Fall 2020 Recruitment Begins

Sign Up >



Contact us if your organization is interested in supporting programs like this!

Afterschool STEM Mentoring
Afterschool STEM Mentoring

Why should you become an ASMP mentor?

Young people who have the opportunity to meet real scientists and engineers — and who are exposed to science through active inquiry-based learning — are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet many of our children have never met or interacted with a “real” scientist, particularly in our most underserved neighborhoods. By serving as a positive role model of a real-world scientist or engineer, you can inspire curiosity and excitement about STEM topics, and positively influence the career aspirations of students in NYC.

Need more incentive? Accepted participants also receive a stipend and a yearlong Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences!

Frequently Asked Questions

+ How much time is involved?

Mentors commit to teaching 1 hour of lessons per week for approximately 10-12 weeks. Additional planning time for these lessons are done at the discretion of the participant.

  • Sessions times differ from site to site, but typically run between 3:30-6PM

+ What is my responsibility as an ASMP mentor?

  • Mentors participating in the program will collaborate with their Site Staff partner to deliver our interactive, hand-on curricula to students throughout the semester
  • Participants will also complete virtual and in-person trainings on curriculum/youth development and are asked to submit regular updates to Program Managers

+ Do you offer stipends or other forms of compensation?

  • Scientists will receive a stipend of $750 at the completion of their participation. Limited travel reimbursements are also available.
  • Participants will also receive a complimentary Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences

Note: All participants will be required to complete necessary tax forms prior to the start of the program.  Non- US Citizens/Permanent Residents may also be subject to payment restrictions.  Please contact us for more details.

+ Who is eligible to be an ASMP Mentor?

Qualified ASMP mentors are:

  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or professionals in a STEM field
  • Within commuting distance of New York City
  • Passionate about inspiring youth to pursue STEM studies and careers
  • Committed to the program training and teaching schedule
  • Prepared to complete a background check and online compliance training, adhering to local and state policies regarding working with minors.
    • These are done at no cost to the Mentor.
    • Some sites may also require a health form signed by a doctor.

+ What are the requirements to apply?

  • In addition to completing our online application, mentors are encouraged (but not required) to submit a letter of acknowledgement from their PI or supervising scientist stating their awareness of the once-a-week commitment.
  • Prior to participation, all applicants are subject to a background check, administered by the Department of Youth and Community Development (at no cost to the scientist).

Contact

Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance

Be Notified When Fall 2020 Recruitment Begins

Sign Up >

Afterschool STEM Mentoring
Afterschool STEM Mentoring

Family Science Nights

Interested in volunteering but short on time? Contact us to volunteer at one of our Family Science Nights!

Research shows that interactions with STEM professionals can transform kids’ views of science, and positively impact their career aspirations. But most students in the New York area rarely have the opportunity to meet and interact with real scientists. That’s why the Academy created an outreach effort called Family Science Night, which recruits Academy Members, grad students, postdocs, and STEM professionals to spend an evening working with elementary and middle school students and their families by leading interactive, hands-on activities. These events help parents feel more comfortable with STEM content and, more importantly, allow the students to become the experts and to think of themselves as scientists.

Upcoming Family Science Nights

**Due to the current global outbreak of COVID-19, our Family Science Nights are currently postponed until further notice.

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering when sessions restart.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Who can volunteer at Family Science Night?

Qualified Family Science Night volunteers are:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or professionals in a STEM field
  • Passionate about serving their communities and inspiring curiosity and excitement about STEM topics among students
  • Located within commuting distance of the New York City metropolitan area

+ How are Family Science Night locations selected?

The Academy works closely with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to identify appropriate partnership opportunities around New York City, including our Family Science Night locations.

+ How much time is involved?

Volunteers are asked to arrive 30 minutes before the start of each event to practice the activities they will replicate with students. Each Family Science Night typically lasts 90 minutes.

Contact

Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance