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The Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program

Afterschool STEM Mentoring
Afterschool STEM Mentoring

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of all of New York’s children and families. The Academy is closely following NYC and DOE guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants. We will be moving ASMP to a virtual platform for the Fall 2020 semester to further continue accessibility to our programs.

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 virtually teaching a one-hour session a week, over a 10 week period. Participating Mentors receive training in STEM curriculum and youth development, and work with a site staff partners across the five-boroughs to implement weekly sessions.

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.


Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance

Sign Up to be a Mentor for the Fall 2020 Semester

Apply by October 4th, 2020

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 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 $500 at the completion of their participation.
  • 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
  • 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).


Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance

Sign Up to be a Mentor for the Fall 2020 Semester

Apply by October 4th, 2020

Afterschool STEM Mentoring
Afterschool STEM Mentoring

"Chat with a Scientist" Events

During the Fall 2020 semester, the Academy will be holding virtual “Chat with a Scientist” events in an effort to create a space for K-12 students (and their families) to engage with some of our members during this ongoing pandemic.

These Chats are hour-long, interactive webinars that give scientists the opportunity to talk to students in our programs about their paths into science, the work they currently do, and answer live questions.  Our main goal is to provide students with the opportunity to “meet” and engage with scientists, and hopefully to spark their interest in learning more or even considering science in their own futures.

Through this one-time commitment, scientists who participate will have the opportunity to:

  • Inspire curiosity and excitement about STEM
  • Positively influence the career aspirations of students from underserved communities
  • Make a difference in the lives of budding young scientists

If you are a graduate student, post-doc or STEM professional and are interested in being featured in a Chat with a Scientist event, please email

Upcoming Topics and Featured Scientists:

Journeys to Working in the Pharmaceutical Industry

December 1, 2020; 4-5PM ET

  • Seng H. Cheng, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of the Rare Disease Research Unit, Pfizer 
  • Monica Schenone, PhD, Lead for the East Coast Chemical Biology Group, Pfizer

How Drug Development and Clinical Trials Really Work

December 16, 2020; 4-5PM ET

  • Jyoti Ramakrisha, MD, MPH, Director of Clinical Research, Pfizer
  • Aarti Sawant Basak, PhD, Associate Director of Clinical Pharmacology at Pfizer


Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance