Discovery sTEAM Mentoring Program

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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Discovery sTEAM Mentoring Program is to empower underprivileged youth by fostering positive, one-on-one mentoring relationships with students and professionals in the sTEAM field. The mentors will serve as role models, increase interest, and bring awareness to the sTEAM fields. This will be accomplished by developing effective strategies that promote engaging, and informative individual and group sTEAM activities.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Making a difference through mentoring at-risk communities, one student at a time with the opportunity to become the next sTEAM generation.

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

  • The program will be a traditional one-on-one mentoring partnership that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (sTEAM) topics.
  • The pilot program will be held at Canby Lane Elementary School in Decatur, GA.
  • The pilot program team will consist of the KOTMFS staff, School Principal, Dr. Keshier M. Smikle, Assistant Principal, Kia Dennis, and STEM Liaison, Cecila Chavis. In addition, a parent liaison will be chosen.
  • We will have a minimum of 10-15 matches with mentors from the community and mentees from 3rd- 8th grade.  The program will target underprivileged youth in the community.
  • Mentor/Mentee matches will meet for 3 to 4 hours per month and attend quarterly group events.
  • Some activities will be sTEAM-related, while others build self-esteem, relationships and trust between students and mentors, or engage youth in community projects.
  • The mentor and mentee must commit to participate in the program for one (1) year with the opportunity to continue for a second year or until the student graduates from 8th grade.
  • The mentors meet our mentees onsite at the designated school during lunch or after school. Offsite visits and/or meetings occur in-group sessions only.
  • Our mentors will have no online, email or phone contact with students unless approved by the Program Coordinator and the student’s parent(s).

 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Making a difference through mentoring at-risk communities, one student at a time with the opportunity to become the next sTEAM generation.

  • Increased academic performance.
  • Increase in self-esteem.
  • Increased interest in science, technology, engineering, art and science (sTEAM) topics.