Science Firsthand mentors are not teachers, but co-investigators. By sharing in the learning process, mentors support and mirror the development of their mentees’ curiosity and critical thinking skills.

Initially, mentors complete an on-site orientation at the community center hosting the Science Firsthand program and thereafter receive periodic training throughout the year. Mentors meet youth participants after school on a regular basis (usually once a week) for one hour or more, either in small groups or one-to-one with a single mentee.

Science Firsthand support staff provide suggestions for initial activities along with tools and materials to facilitate investigation of the natural world. Inquiries, experiments, questions, observations, and results are published and shared on-line, as well as at the annual Young Investigator’s Conference, held locally for all participants, families, and the community.

Are you a person who:
• remembers being curious about bugs,
clouds, rain, or the ocean?
• finds fun in learning?
• has thought about the needs of urban
 children, both educational and social?
• would like to make a difference, but is
 not sure how to start?


You can choose to:

• mentor at a community center
• provide science advice and support
• help recruit volunteers
• contribute financial support or materials

Expand Kids' Horizons–and Yours

Science Firsthand brings caring and committed adults together with youth (10-15 yrs) to take part in hands-on investigations of the local environment. Science Firsthand teams have planted gardens, dismantled simple appliances, flown kites, blown bubbles, dissected root systems, as well as a host of other activities. Mentors and mentees explore the world together, discovering what intrigues them and learning how to ask questions and seek answers for themselves.

Science Firsthand mentors are a diverse group of people; they vary in age, background, and interests. Prior experience in science, or education, or working with teens is not necessary. The key factor mentors all have in common is a willingness to share their time and themselves with urban kids – to ask questions, discuss solutions, communicate discoveries, and, in the process, to develop supportive relationships.

Science Firsthand is continuing to expand its program through the development of community center-based labs, science materials, and an on-line journal. Your participation will help us to keep growing – to offer more children the opportunity to learn and succeed. Will you join us?

To volunteer - or to learn more - Contact:

First Hand Learning, Inc.
Bill Rogers or Jackie Malay–- 716-831-8722