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Youth Mentoring Opportunity - Science Club

Modified: September 5, 2017

Science club is a science mentorship program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and now at two Evanston community centers that is organized by Science in Society, a research center dedicated to science education at Northwestern. The program is seeking graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and/or staff to volunteer at an afterschool science mentorship program called Science Club. This Science in Society initiative is designed to spark middle school kids' interest in science and teach "scientific habits of mind" through challenging, hands-on science and engineering investigations. The program serves ~145 youth weekly, with sessions led by ~ 75 graduate student, postdoctoral fellow and staff mentors. Of note, Science Club received the 2013 STEM Impact Award from the Afterschool Alliance. More than 200 programs nationally were nominated for this prestigious award (http://goo.gl/Bkqg2I).  You can learn more about Science Club, including a list of current mentors, on the program website.


The details:

  • Fall 2017 quarter starts in early October
  • Volunteers commit to going to a community center once a week
  • Mentor training/orientation provided each quarter. Receive training on curriculum and teaching best practices
  • Quarterly mentor professional development seminars
  • Transportation provided to Chicago and Evanston locations
  • Opportunities to participate in curriculum development


  • Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago from M, W, TH 4:00-5:30 pm
  • True Value Boys and Girls Club, 2950 W 25th St, Chicago from T, TH 5-6:30pm
  • Meta Media at the YMCA, 1000 Grove St., Evanston, W 5:00-6:30pm
  • Family Focus, 2010 Dewey, Evanston, TH 5-6:30pm

Mentor Eligibility:

  • Open to grad students, postdocs, and staff
  • Open to scientists and engineers from all disciplines. 
  • PI permission is required

Science Club is run as an educational research study, funded by philanthropic support from the Silverstein Foundation and Shaw Family Supporting Organization. Accordingly, mentor applicants will be asked to participate in a short interview, and, if selected, complete a formal consent process as part of the research study. If you are well versed in basic concepts in chemistry, physics, and/or biology, and excited about the prospect of inspiring the next generation of scientists, please complete the online application form

Questions? Contact Emily Mathews, Senior Program Coordinator; Science Club (ph. 847.491.5750)

Professional Development