Our STEM Future Leaders program aims to increase STEM literacy and use of STEM practices, provide leadership and collaboration opportunities for our youth, develop youth interest in STEM careers and break-down stereotypes related to STEM.  Opportunities for STEM Future Leaders include service learning, meeting with STEM professionals, participating in citizen science activities, attending STEM conferences, and working with youth in our STEM programming at the farm.

For more information contact Stacie Hernandez at s.hernandez@thestemconnection.org

STEM MIT, Mentor, and Intern Descriptions and Expectations

Mentors in Training (MITs) – Our MITs are students in  6th,  7th, or 8th grade who are interested in STEM activities and leadership opportunities. Many of them have participated in STEM Connection programs in kindergarten through 5th grade and want to continue with us.  MITs should exhibit good leadership potential, helpfulness, and a positive attitude toward STEM.  MITs register for The STEM Connection programs via online registration and for half the standard price for the program. 

STEM Mentors – Students in 8th or 9th grade who have completed the Mentors in Training Program.  Mentors are invited to volunteer at The STEM Connection programs  and do not have to pay for the programs at which they volunteer.  

STEM Interns- Students who have completed their freshman year of high school or are in college who get paid to work for The STEM Connection and at The STEM Connection programs.  Students apply for internship positions as they are available.  

Expectations:

  • 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, clubs, Family STEM ) 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.