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STEM Mentors

Inspiring tomorrow's innovators.

 

Among the fastest growing careers are those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

 

Our challenge: Less than 40% of Alaska youth meet mathematics standards in the 3rd grade; by the 10th grade, that drops to less than 20%. In 2015, more than 30% of 4th graders were below proficient in science, and 38% of 10th graders were below proficient.

 

We must do a better job of preparing students to succeed in a global, technologically advanced economy by ensuring they have access to rigorous, relevant, and engaging STEM instruction and experiences. That’s where you come in.

 

Why volunteer as a STEM mentor?

  • 60% of the new jobs available in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20% of the current workforce.

  • Employment in science and math occupations is growing 70% faster than the overall growth of occupations.

  • 80% of jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills.

What is a STEM mentor?

STEM mentors are organizations and individuals who provide students with real-world understanding of STEM careers. They:

  • Meet with students at least one time outside of school for 1-3 hours.

  • Explain the benefits of a challenging STEM education.

  • Share their own stories about their STEM career pathways.

  • Provide current, practical applications to in-school and out-of-school curriculum.

 

Interested in mentoring? Contact us!