A STEM leadership program designed for middle school and high school youth. The SFL Program provides opportunities for older youth to discover who they are by identifying their interests and aptitudes, cultivate the abilities and skills necessary to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. All SFL experiences include opportunities for hands-on STEM learning, service-learning, and leadership development.
The SFL Program is organized into levels based on age, experience, and participation.
- Mentors in Training (MITs) – Youth in 6th grade or above who are interested in STEM activities and leadership opportunities. MITs engage with the SFL Program by participating in programs designed specifically for them (SFL Huddles, SFL Day Camps, SFL Summer Camp, SQW videos). Additional opportunities for MITs may also arise.
- Mentors – Youth who have completed the Mentors in Training Program and have been promoted to Mentor based on their active involvement in the SFL program and demonstration of STEM and leadership skills. Mentors engage with the SFL Program by participating in programs designed specifically for them (SFL Huddles, SFL Day Camps, SFL Summer Camp, SQW videos) and through opportunities to assist with other TSC programs. Additional opportunities for Mentors may also arise.
- SFL Interns – Youth who have completed 10th grade of high school or above who get paid to work for The STEM Connection and at TSC programs. Youth are invited to apply for internship positions as they are available.
- Set a good example and be a positive role model for younger participants with whom you work and interact.
- Maintain a positive attitude about STEM, the participants with whom you work, and the activities with which you are assisting.
- Actively participate in learning experiences (SFL Huddles, Summer Training, Site Visits, etc) facilitated by STEM Connection staff members.
- Participate in STEM Connection programs (day camps, summer camps) to help oversee engagement activities, set up supplies, make models, answer questions, ask questions, take pictures, and complete other tasks given by STEM program facilitators.