Church Worker
Do you have an after-school program that includes children who would be interested in working with an adult on science topics of their own choosing?

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 church workers who are running after-school programs have expressed interest in adding science experiences to the after-school academic programming that they are offering. Because it is hands-on, experiential, and provides engagement with the everyday world around them, science is very popular with young people. Many church workers, however, do not have a strong background in science so they need training and access to science-related tools and resources. Science Firsthand has found a way around these obstacles through training and identification of inexpensive tools and materials for engaging in science.

If you would like to know more about the program, contact us, respond to a short survey so that we can learn about your interests and needs, or click on one of the following:

What is a science mentor?

Examine the Science Firsthand Implementation Manual.

Examine the Science Firsthand Manual for College Mentors.

Voices from the Field
The mentors know the background of these kids and that they need adult attention. The kids can’t wait until the day when their mentor comes in and if someone is five minutes late they come into my office and ask, ‘Where is [my mentor]?’
After-school Program Coordinator

I think it’s important that groups are small. Kids don’t get opportunities for individual attention and we have 50+ students in our program, so it’s hard to give them one to one. SF is an opportunity to give them time to work with a caring, supportive adult in a caring environment. It feels special for them, and besides the science, they feel that they’re cool.
Center Director

I do see it as sustainable. I do think it’s an excellent program. The kids respond to it. It makes our program more effective to the parents. Not only do we do reading and math, but also science. So from a personal standpoint, my kid is having problems with science at school, so I get to pick him up from school and bring him here where he can get help with science.
Center Director