STEM Afterschool Mentoring

STEM Afterschool Mentoring Program

SUNY's Office of the Education Pipeline is partnering with the New York Academy of Sciences (the Academy)and SUNY Empire State College to scale a successful after-school program in Brooklyn in which graduate students and postdoctoral fellows mentor middle school students from high-need school districts in STEM. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, SUNY and the Academy will introduce the program in urban and rural communities throughout New York State over the next three years.

Initially, the STEM Afterschool Mentoring Program Statewide Scale-Up Project will be implemented by SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, SUNY Politechnic Institute's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the Capital District, and SUNY Poly in Utica and Rome. The campuses were selected for their geographical diversity, STEM-focused degree programs, and existing partnerships with community-based organizations. Three additional campuses will be selected to participate in the project through an RFP process in 2013-2014.

Importance of STEM Mentoring

Still frame from New York Academy of Science video about Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program
Learn more about the STEM Mentoring program from students themselves on this video from the Academy’s Science Education web site.

The project will create a foundation and model from which additional pilot sites can be fostered nationally and will be carried out in three stages:

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