The overall goal of STEM Mentoring is to positively impact the social development and academic achievement of at-risk and high-risk youth ages 6-10.
What is STEM MENTORING?
STEM Mentoring is SRF’s group mentoring program that connects small groups of youth with caring mentors to engage in weekly, structured, hands-on, multimedia STEM activities. The overall goal of STEM Mentoring is to positively impact the social development and academic achievement of at-risk and high-risk youth ages 6–10. By providing these youth with regular, high-quality, STEM-focused mentoring experiences, STEM Mentoring encourages them to reduce high-risk behaviors, improve academic success indicators, and increase their knowledge of and interest in STEM topics and careers.
STEM Mentoring connects youth to real-world STEM topics and career role models through interactive, multimedia modules. Mentees learn about topics such as animals, energy, math in sports, engineering design, and water conservation as they work on fun, hands-on activities alongside their mentors.
STEM Mentoring Overview
• Mentors: Caring adult and teen mentors who conduct hands-on activities and build relationships with youth mentees
• Hands-on activities: Fun, interdisciplinary activities and group projects that engage mentors and mentees in a variety of STEM topics, with a particular focus on conservation
• Interactive website: Games, activities, and videos for youth and their families, and resources for youth service providers
• Career role models: Inspiring scientists, engineers, and conservationists who expose youth to a wide variety of careers and educational pathways
Volunteer mentors are recruited and trained to participate in STEM Mentoring, committing to participate for the full duration of the year-long program. Mentors meet with mentees in small groups on a weekly basis to participate in STEM Mentoring’s engaging activities. As the groups work on the activities together, mentors and mentees build a strong and supportive relationship, enabling mentees to approach their mentors when they have a concern or are facing a challenge. Mentors also help their mentees set and work toward personal goals, such as such as earning better grades at school, improving their attendance record, or making new friends.
PROGRAM OUTCOMES FOR PARTICIPATING YOUTH
• Increased desire and likelihood to continue participation in the mentoring program
• Strengthened positive relationships with mentors
• Improvement on targeted social, academic, and/or behavioral goals
• Decreased engagement in juvenile delinquency
• Decreased school absence
• Greater interest in academics, particularly in STEM areas
• Greater awareness of and interest in STEM-related careers
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