Are your faculty members interested in engaging their students as mentors to young people in local, underserved communities?
If so, you many be interested in Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery.
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.
College students have proven to be effective mentors, and many have found the experience to be of value, both personally and academically. In fact, being a mentor has been shown to positively impact college students’ academic performance.
Do you wish to learn more about how you can incorporate Science Firsthand as a service learning opportunity at your institution? Contact us directly, respond to a short survey so that we can learn about your interests and needs, or click on one of the following links to learn more about the program:
From an administrative perspective, there is a natural "fit"
between the educational mission of the college and SFH's mission.
Beyond the alignment between what both organizations want to accomplish,
opportunities to involve college students in SFH programming has a
double benefit: they provide powerful learning experiences for our
students and they allow the college to fuflill it institutional responsibilities
to the community in which its students live and learn. An added benefit,
from Medaille's experience, is that SFH youth associate Medaille with
an early experience on a college campus.
It’s great for the kids to have college students as mentors.
Our kids have begun to think about their own futures. A big factor
in this neighborhood is the drug trade. It’s easy money. Why
work for minimum wage? The college students represent other options.