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Mentor High School or College Students Pursuing STEM Careers

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ORGANIZATION: Project Exploration

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 11 people are interested

STEM Signing Day is an annual event wherein Chicago Public School and Gary Community and Charter School students are recognized, awarded a scholarship, and mentor as they pursue STEM majors and careers. While they’ve already demonstrated they possess the skills and experiences we need in our future engineers, computer programmers, medical professionals, and scientists, they represent demographics that are underrepresented in STEM and are often first generation college students. Therefore, as a part of their recognition as STEM Signing Day honorees, PE connects them with mentors who encourage them to persist at their chosen career paths and help them navigate any barriers which might emerge as they embark on their journey to college and their careers.

Mentor Role
  • Mentors are paired with STEM Signing Day Honorees, young adults from Chicago, IL and Gary, IN who will be pursuing a STEM degree in post-secondary education.
  • Mentors work with mentees to identify goals, discuss education plans, give career advice, develop technical and soft skills to succeed in the STEM fields.
  • Support mentees by providing a space for reflection, discussion, and idea sharing.
Time Commitment
  • The mentoring length is one year, but depending on how the mentoring relationship progresses it may be shorter or extend beyond one year.
  • Beyond scheduled meetings, mentors are expected to check in with their mentee regularly through email at least once a month.
  • Meetings are initiated by the mentee. It’s also the mentee’s responsibility to prepare discussion topics for meetings.
  • Meetings and methods of communication are agreed on between the mentor and mentee.
Upcoming virtual info sessions include:
  • Thursday, March 10 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CT
  • Friday, March 11 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT
  • Thursday, March 17 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT
  • Friday, March 18 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am CT
  • Monday, March 21 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT
  • Monday, March 21 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CT

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About Project Exploration


4511 South Evans, Chicago, IL 60653, US

Mission Statement

Project Exploration creates transformative learning opportunities for youth underrepresented in the sciences -particularly low-income students, students of color and girls - by creating pathways and a community for youth to explore STEM career opportunities while building the necessary skills and mindset to support a lifelong love of learning.


Since 1999, Project Exploration (PE) has served youth from communities historically underrepresented in the STEM fields and works to remove barriers that prevent black, brown, and low-income youth and young women from accessing and pursuing STEM opportunities.

Opportunities in STEM education are historically blocked for these young people. Barriers include academic prerequisites, program fees, transportation and basic social support systems. Deliberate efforts must be made to actively build STEM learning opportunities in communities that face systemic racial segregation, disinvestment, and disproporitionately high rates of violence and trauma. Even when underrepresented students pursue STEM, Black and Latinx students and women often leave due to feelings of discrimination.

PE makes STEM education accessible through:

  • Free, hands-on out-of-school time STEM programs - volunteer opportunities include guest speaking opportunities, leadership of hands-on STEM activities, space beautification, and STEMkit builds.
  • City-wide, community-building STEM Co-op initiatives - volunteer opportunities include leadership and support of community events and activities and mentorship of high school or college-aged students

Other volunteer opportunities with Project Exploration include skill based projects (e.g. photography, data analytics) and/or participation in PE's Board of Directors or Junior Board.


Children & Youth
Race & Ethnicity
Children & Youth, Race & Ethnicity, Women


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.



  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 2 hours monthly for one year, with option for renewal. Opportunity is scalable, depending on the preferences of the mentor and mentee, and mentors have the option to match with more than one mentee.

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