Program Purpose and Activities
Mission: The mentorship program’s mission is to encourage and motivate high school students from under-resourced, financially-disadvantaged, and/or other underrepresented backgrounds into considering a future in STEM. By forming strong connections with such students, mentors will provide them with further insight into what it means to pursue a career in STEM from coursework to extracurricular activities to day-to-day life responsibilities. The mentors will serve almost as big brothers and sisters to provide guidance to such students, often who will be first-generation college students without much guidance when it comes to the college application process and college as a whole. Overall, the program’s goal is to ignite and foster an interest in STEM while also instilling the values of men and women for others in high school students who can then carry these lasting impressions with them into their college careers and onwards. Download our Mentorship Guide Here for more information.
About the Program: We are looking for first-generation, AHANA+ students that are interested in being a part of our mentorship team. Our mission is to encourage and motivate high school students from under-resourced, financially-disadvantaged, and/or other underrepresented backgrounds into considering a future in STEM. Currently, we are looking forward to our collaboration with the Keynote Program of the Boys & Girls Club of greater Westfield.
Our ABC Tenets:
Showing students they are capable of high-level performance in the sciences.
Beyond proficience and toward excellence- showing young students they are capable of improving quality of life of others, impact entire scientific fields.
Show students they have a community- people who will continue to support them, their long term goals, efforts, and throughout their careers.
Meetings: Biweekly Meetings will take place on Thursday’s, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM on the online conference meeting platform, Zoom. The program begins on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.
For Spring 2021, there will be a total of 6 meetings for the semester. There will be two meetings for the months of February, March, and April.
To apply for our Mentorship Program, Click Here!
The topics of the mentor/mentee meetings will include topics that can be of aid to the success of the mentees in high school and beyond. Important topics will include information on the college application process, financial aid, SAT/AP prep advice/information, etc. Also, some time will be set aside each month to introduce the mentees to current scientific innovations and opportunities through the STEM modules. Thus, the aim of the program is not just to help these high school students, but also inspire them to pursue a career in STEM.
Modules: The modules will be meetings used to highlight a BC faculty member or professor who will be invited to speak about their experience in STEM. The guest speakers will be encouraged to speak about their work in STEM with particular emphasis on the impact it has improved the lives of others, augmenting one of our core ideals to be men and women for others. During their time, the guest speakers will be able to talk about topics ranging from their research, their careers, the classes they teach (if professors), advice they have for students in terms of deciding what to study, what professions to pursue, and other STEM related questions.