Hispanic Communications Network (www.hcnmedia.com) has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to work with at-risk and incarcerated youth in New Mexico. Our concept is to expose at-risk youth to role models in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by facilitating short-term activities to engage and inspire their interest in these fields and STEM learning, in general. This is a pilot program designed to be replaceable and require little investment from role models. Activities with youth are generally 1 hr long and will occur during normal working hours M-F from mid-April – June. Participants range from 14 to 21 years old and Activities will take place at facilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
We’re recruiting volunteer role models youth can engage with. The more relatable the better, but regardless, we’re looking for scientists, technicians, green tech affiliates, etc. but mostly STEM-related professionals who enjoy their jobs and want to talk about them. We’re prioritizing recruitment toward Hispanics, women, and green-related professions, but all STEM-related industries are relevant. Exposing these participants to real people willing to share information about their jobs, career path, and educational experience can help them begin to actualize new opportunities and inspiration they wouldn’t have otherwise.
We are hosting a variety of activities – some that require zero training and some that would illicit more investment. I’m attaching our Activities Document so you can get an overview of the type of activities we’re asking role models to engage with. I’m collecting role model info via this form Pathways Form, which will also provide more information, but am happy to speak more with whomever else might be interested.
Thanks for your help and all that you do!
All the best,