How To Volunteer
cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our
youth for the future."
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
- 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
- Be creative. Education
is a community endeavor. What would you like to contribute? Let