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Are you interested in mentoring urban youth to help them investigate
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.
You can make a difference in the lives of urban youth. Become a mentor
to young people and help them discover what they are curious about,
what they are good at, and what they want to do with their futures.
Science Firsthand offers underserved, urban youth a chance to build
a relationship with a caring, supportive adult while engaging in science
investigations that build confidence and skills.
If you are interested in this sort of mentoring, and can devote an
hour or two a week to working with urban young people, contact
to a short survey so that we can learn more about your interests and
needs, or examine one or more of the following:
What is a science mentor?
What is a community-based organization?
Examine the Science Firsthand Implementation
Examine the Science Firsthand
Manual for College Mentors.
Voices from the Field
This program gives children a chance to ask their own questions
and to find an answer.
I never really worked with kids who come from broken families,
or families with not much support or money, so it was awesome to see
them learn in a structured environment, where they actually enjoyed
learning…Seeing them grasping something that they didn’t
understand in the beginning was great.
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