New York Academy of Sciences

NYASTo thrive in our technology and information driven economy, our next generation of students need viable STEM skills. The New York Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest and most distinguished US organizations of scientists and researchers, offers the After-School STEM Mentoring Program (ASMP) to New York’s most underserved children, ensuring that they are exposed to the inspiring world of STEM. The Elsevier Foundation partnership supports the NYAS’ engagement with funds, volunteers and additional support for the early career scientist mentors.

The Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program is designed to reach the city’s most underserved children in partnership with the Youth and Community Services Department of the City of New York. It trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to teach hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities to more than 1,300 fourth- through eighth-graders each year. The STEM professionals/mentors have spent more than 100,000 instructional hours with students in low-resource settings. With funding from the Elsevier Foundation, the academy will be able to expand this program into geographically isolated neighborhoods across New York City.

The New York Academy of Sciences is a membership organization with 20,000+ Members in 100 countries. They include research scientists at universities and industry, as well as representatives of business, government, and policy organizations. Their Board of Governors and President’s Council include 27 Nobel laureates and other prominent leaders of academia and industry, based in New York and around the world.

Our goals

• Build capacity within the ASMP by expanding our reach to isolated and underserved areas of NYC by creating a cohort of “Elsevier Scholars” who received a stipend to mentor in these areas.
• Host 2 STEM Bonanzas and expand the Family Science Nights to all of New York City’s 5 boroughs.
• Expand professional development opportunities to Science Alliance members through the “Elsevier Professional Development Series.”

Learn more about the program on Elsevier Connect: “Elsevier Foundation’s new programs support STEM diversity and developing country partnerships”, Ylann Schemm, 01 February 2016.