“Mentees on the Move” is a new STEM-mentoring program made possible through the Palm Beach County STEM Education Council and the School District of Palm Beach County. Through a collaboration with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and the support of generous local partners, this unique program is aimed to improve the STEM pipeline, inspire the next generation, and empower STEM professionals to positively influence our community.
Preventing students from dropping out of the STEM talent pipeline is essential in meeting current and future U.S. job demands. Nearly 30 percent of students say they would like to pursue STEM careers, and this number is increasing. That’s why we need you to join us as a Mentees on the Move STEM mentor.
Selected Belle Glade students enrolled in the second to fifth grades at Pioneer Park Elementary are matched 1:1 with STEM mentors. Together mentors and mentees will interact in a group setting at the South Florida Science Center. Mentees on the Move activities take place on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium at 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach, FL 33405.
Coordinated through the United Way, volunteer mentors will be interviewed and must pass a Level-2 background check. Through grant funding, all related program coordination efforts such as the interview, fingerprinting, etc. can be brought directly to your business site for your personal convenience. Mentors are supervised, trained, and supported based on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. Mentors are asked to commit for the duration of a one-year period, with scheduling flexibility provided as needed.