Afterschool STEM Mentoring

The power of mentoring to transform lives

Helping students form a positive “STEM identity” is critical to bringing forth the next generation of scientists and innovators.


The Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program, a unique program founded by the New York Academy of Sciences, places scientists-in-training in afterschool programs in underserved schools—providing hands-on mentoring that builds confidence and an affinity for STEM.

11,750 middle-school students have received more than 151,800 hours of hands-on mentoring from young scientists through the Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program.

The Academy’s partners in afterschool mentoring include city agencies in New York City; Newark, NJ; and across New York State, Barcelona, and Malaysia. The program recruits graduate students and postdoctoral science fellows, who, after training, are assigned to afterschool programs in underserved neighborhoods. Teaching topics ranging from genetics to space science, the mentors form close bonds with their students.

Through an online network of peers and support in curriculum and training, mentors receive practical teaching experience. They learn to better communicate STEM subjects across audiences—and students have the opportunity to experience STEM in a new way with true mentor-role models.