Are you interested in mentoring our ASAP High School Summer Program?
Our mentorship program is a key component of our high school programs. Mentors work with thousands of youth each year and help youth picture themselves in STEM fields. Together we can inspire the next generation of STEM leaders!
Our high school program runs from July to August Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The sign-up form is found at the bottom of the page.
What a typical Mentor Event looks like:
In our ASAP High School Summer Program, we invite mentors to join us for a short presentation followed by an activity.
Generally speaking, the presentation is 5-10 minutes long. We encourage mentors to share a bit about the work they currently do and how they got into the field. Photos of the mentor as a kid (or teenager) are always a hit and help bridge the gap between our guests and the class.
Following the presentation and questions, we invite our mentor to join us in a class activity. If there is an activity (30-45 minutes) that you would like to bring – let us know and we’ll help you set up. Otherwise, you can join in an activity our instructors have prepared. As our mentor, you will float between groups as they work on the activity providing guidance and answering any questions.
We want to help youth picture themselves in STEM fields and connect this work with their personal values (helping their community, working with people, solving problems). It’s helpful if the mentor can share why they work in their current job and how it connects with their values. We often ask the mentor to share the story of how they got to where they are. Stories that include setbacks, uncertainty, and silly anecdotes are encouraged! Please talk about that year you spent travelling in Europe or the softball team you play on; we need our youth to see STEM professionals as dynamic people with real lives.
Studies show that youth often (mistakenly) believe that they can only pursue STEM if they are universally good at STEM and have few other interests. We believe that meeting role-models with diverse interests and backstories help our students align STEM to their own personal values and picture themselves in these fields. We want to share the message that STEM is a space where everyone is welcome and anyone who is determined can succeed!
Mentor Sign Up Form
Are you ready to help inspire youth? Sign up on the below form and we’ll let you know about upcoming events!