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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 us, respond 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 Manual.

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.
Center Director

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 experiences.

Center Director