Would you like to mentor an urban child in a program where the goal
is to pursue a science topic of the child’s interest?
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.
If you are interested in underserved kids, are looking for a relaxed
teaching situation where you can work one-on-one or in small groups,
and you like helping young people to explore topics that interest
them, this might be the opportunity you are looking for. Adult mentors
spend an hour or two each week working with youth in after-school
settings such as a community-based organization (CBO). The CBOs have
a dedicated space, such as a small laboratory, equipped with tools
and resources for exploring the immediate environment surrounding
the center. Children engaged in this program often gain confidence
in their academic abilities because they are exploring topics they
have chosen themselves. The role of the adult is to support these
investigations by helping children to record and learn from their
If you would like to know more, 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?
What is a community-based organization?
Examine the Science Firsthand Implementation
Voices from the Field
Kids love it. We did a survey last year, 100% of kids enjoyed
it [even those] I never thought would be interested in science…
There’s not as much time spent on science and social studies,
it’s not a priority in Buffalo because of the emphasis on standardized
tests. This fills the void.
I think they learned real concepts and I feel like a lot of them
would like to explore them further. I think a lot would go home to
their families and talk about it. They were really excited about experiments
they could do at home.