We’re recruiting STEM undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs (and faculty and staff!) to mentor youth for the 2017-18 school year!
Science Club is an afterschool, mentor-based science program for middle school youth, which brings graduate student mentors together with small groups of students to conduct fun and engaging scientific investigations.
One of the most important things about Science Club is the development of real relationships between mentors and kids, not only boosting kids’ science skills, but instilling confidence through encouragement and regular support from a real, working scientist.
Science Club is also an opportunity for mentors to learn and grow their own skillset. Previous mentors report learning skills such as teaching, mentoring and science communication, and two-thirds of mentors say the experience influenced their career direction.
We’re currently looking for graduate students, staff, and postdoctoral fellows to mentor Science Club youth. The program is located at four sites across Chicago and Evanston. (Learn more about our newest Science Club site at the McGaw YMCA’s MetaMedia.)
Junior Science Club stems from the same Science Club model, creating fun science learning opportunities for 3rd–5th graders in underserved communities. Junior Science Club is also recruiting mentors – and undergraduates are eligible to volunteer. For the 2017-18 school year, we’ve partnered with Youth & Learning United (Y.O.U.) to bring this program at Dawes and Oakton Elementary Schools in Evanston. (Read more about our partnership with Y.O.U.)
Youth and mentors meet once a week after school. To learn more and express your interest in volunteering for Junior Science Club, email D65 Coordinator Jen Lewin at firstname.lastname@example.org.