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How To Volunteer

 

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." - FDR

 

THANK YOU for your interest. Our program relies on the kind support of generous volunteers. Well over 100 volunteers have or continue to donate time and expertise to our students.

Education must be a community effort to achieve success. We are always in need of people who can donate as little as 30 minutes of their time. If you are interested in any of the following roles, or if you would like to volunteer something that we have not yet considered, please contact us. Your offer will be very well received and most appreciated.

Our class meets on public school days from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Note that our students are all interested in Math/Science careers but are not completely decided on what their futures hold. They are interested in what you have to say and truly want to interact with you. They are respectful, motivated, and appreciative of your time.

  • Visit our students on the Rensselaer campus to share with them what you do in the field of Math, Engineering, Technology, Science, Government, or Economics. This could be as simple as a 30 minute talk as you would do for a "career day," or it could include demos or an opportunity for students to do some hands on activity in your field.

  • Have our class of approximately 15 students come to visit your facility. We try to take as many "site visits" as possible in late April, May, and early June. In the past we have been privileged to visit such places as SuperPower, PlugPower, GE Global Research, Simmons, InterMagnetics (Phillips), MapInfo, Cyclics, Applied BioPhysics, Meso, College of NanoScale Science and Engineering, and American Biomedica, and more.

  • Mentor a student. Give a student a small meaningful project or let them walk along side you for a few hours as you do your work. Let them know that, after college, their are exciting jobs awaiting them here at home. Each student has 42 class hours to be mentored by someone in his or her chosen field. This is typically on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in April and May. Students can choose to work with one person and do a more involved project, or students can choose to work with up to 10 different people for short snippets of time, to get to experience a broader variety of options.
  • Speak about another country. Lead a short casual discussion about what it's really like to live in a different country with different economic, political, and cultural experiences. An excellent way for our students to evaluate the workings and ideology of the United States is to compare and contrast our systems with those of other nations. Tell students what it is really like to live in countries that we only hear about in brief snippets on the news. Prepare students to reach out to their international peers that they will meet in college and beyond.
  • Recommend a book. Tell us about an excellent wholesome book (fiction or non) that leads students to consider more deeply the topics of economics, politics, science, math, or technology. Students will be selecting from the list of recommendations.
  • Refer us to a colleague. Do you know professionals who would like to donate as little as 30 minutes of time to help prepare our community's youth? Refer them to this page or have them contact us with ideas.
  • Be creative. Education is a community endeavor. What would you like to contribute? Let us know!
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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