Pathways into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Student and Mentor

Program Director: Taneisha Lee 

Outreach Coordinator: Sirocus Barnes

The Pathways into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program is a partnership between CEISMC and The Atlanta Public School System. Only students attending one of the following partner schools are eligible for participation in the program:

  • BEST Academy High School
  • Coretta Scott King High School.

Pathways into STEM is an AmeriCorps Program made possible by funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service and a grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Additional information about AmeriCorps is provided below.  AmeriCorps Members are engaged in an 8 month (Minimum and Quarter Time Members) or 10 month (Full Time Members) commitment to service.  Members serve as mentors and tutors to high school students at our partner schools.  During mentoring sessions, members develop math and science skills, providing exposure to STEM careers, and assist students with developing a post-secondary plan.  AmeriCorps Mentors also work with students to build character, develop life skills, boost SAT/ACT scores, and submit college and scholarship applications.   Mentors meet with their students once a week during the school day. High school students also participate in afterschool activities weekly or bi-weekly to attend classes and acquire skills that will translate to success at the post-secondary level.  During tutoring sessions, AmeriCorps members focus on developing numeracy skills to assist students in performing at or above grade level in mathematics.  Members meet one-on-one or in small groups with students during the school day.

Students also participate in Saturday and weekday activities including National Engineers Week Celebrations, Professional Workshops, College Tours and Community Service Projects.  These sessions will focus on increasing awareness about careers in the STEM fields, preparing them for their postsecondary choices and providing opportunities for service and leadership.

AmeriCorps Members are also engaged in a powerful year of service as they help the local community by developing, coordinating, and participating in service projects on Saturdays throughout the school year.  AmeriCorps Members attend professional development trainings to develop and hone skills to equip them as powerful agents of change for their community.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps  (pronounced "Ame-ri-core") is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

Benefits of Service

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. AmeriCorps members also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

Time Commitment

Minimum-time and quarter-time members serve 8 months. Minimum-time members serve 300 hours (11 hours per week) over the eight-month period of service and quarter-time members serve 450 hours (15-18 hours per week) over the eight-month period of service. In order to receive the education award, members must successfully complete the required hours of service and have a satisfactory performance evaluation.

Full-time members serve 1700 hours of service over 10 months. In order to receive the education award, members must successfully complete the required hours of service and have a satisfactory performance evaluation.

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