Community-based Organization Director
Do you have an after-school program that includes children who would
be interested in working with an adult on science topics of their
If so, you many be interested in Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery.
Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery (SF) is an after-school mentoring
program for children ranging in age from 10 to 15.
SF brings together supportive adults with inner-city youth to investigate
science topics of mutual interest. Mentors work collaboratively with
one or several mentees at local community-based organizations (CBOs)
that are equipped with simple tools and materials to support exploration
and experimentation. The goal is to build enjoyment in science, to
develop skills, and to gain confidence in one’s own abilities.
Many CBO directors are looking for learning opportunities for their
children that go beyond finishing homework assignments, playing on
the computer, and doing arts and crafts, but their staff often lack
the skills and resources to offer engaging and intellectually challenging
experiences. This program addresses those problems by providing learning
resources, adult mentors to work with the young people, and staffing
for the learning laboratory.
If you can provide a dedicated space and some staff time, this program
may be of interest to you. If so, contact
us, respond to a short survey so that we can learn more about
your interests and needs, or read more about the program by clicking
on the links below:
What is a science mentor?
Examine the Science Firsthand Implementation
Examine the Science Firsthand Manual for College Mentors.
Voices from the Field
It’s really become a cornerstone program… I think
it’s important, especially when kids say they hate science in
school and are getting bad grades but love science here because of
the change of venue and how it’s done. All the kids look forward
to it. It enriches and enhances everything we offer to kids. It’s
a respected program. It’s an honor to have it as part of our
It’s provided the opportunity for kids who have interest in
science to work with other students with similar interests and see
science as fun, and it supports their interest in a way that isn’t
possible in a regular classroom setting. I anticipate some of these
kids will continue on in high school or college that might not have
otherwise. They can see themselves as scientists or science teachers
and couldn’t see themselves in that light just from classroom