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STEM Mentor

Inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. 

Among the fastest growing careers are those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

Our challenge: Less than 40% of North Dakota youth meet mathematics proficiency standards in the 3rd grade; by the 10th grade, that drops to less than 20%. In the 2021-2022 school year, 25% of North Dakota youth meet science proficiency standards in the 4th grade. 

You can play a role in helping to prepare North Dakota students to succeed in a global, technology advanced economy by ensuring they have access to rigorous, relevant, and engaging STEM instruction and experiences.

Why Volunteer As A STEM Mentor?

  • 60% of the new jobs available in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20% of the current workforce. 
  • Employment in science and math occupations is growing 70% faster than the overall growth of occupations. 
  • 80% of jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills.

What Is A STEM Mentor?

STEM mentors are organizations and individuals who provide students with real-world understanding of STEM careers. They:

  • Meet with students at least one time outside of school for 1-3 hours. 
  • Explain the benefits of a challenging STEM education. 
  • Share their own stories about their STEM career pathways. 
  • Provide current, practical applications to in-school and out-of-school curriculum.

STEM Mentors

Connect with an out-of-school time program in your school community. You can search the program map or contact us to be connected to a program in your community.