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STEM Decoded Mentoring Program

Our systems-based approach provides support for students by strengthening developmental assets through one-on-one mentoring, STEM learning and exposure to college and corporate community. Collaborations and partnerships with institutions of higher education, the school system, youth development resources and the court system provides a dynamic opportunity for growth and development.

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Our work teaches skills and equips students with the tools and empowerment needed to strengthen lives and change communities.
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3 Pillars

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Teach

The program mentors provide support for each student’s commitment to learning, positive values, increase social competencies, and positive identity.

Equip

The STEM aspect of the program equips students with computer literacy, coding fundamentals, robotics, forensic science and much more…

Unite

STEM professionals and mentors expose students to college, STEM fields, and are role models for upward mobility
Preparing the next generation for the workforce

Our Why

Students in kindergarten this year will graduate in 2033. It is our responsibility to ensure that our children are prepared to lead our country in the 21st Century and compete in the global marketplace. According to a report by the Center on Education and the Workforce, there will be eight million jobs available in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields by 2022.

However, there are indications that a vast majority of the next generation of employees in America will be unprepared and unqualified to take advantage of these positions. This goes contrary to fact that there is a strong desire in this country for all students to perform to their maximum potentials. To reverse this trend, we need to provide our children with a strong academic education that includes a solid foundation in STEM, and guides them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. STEAM is gaining traction as a movement in government and research circles as well.

Decoded STEM Mentoring program

How it Works

Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program for 5th Grade Students at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology STEM School and Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School

Program Activity

Activity

Details

Mentoring

Mentoring

  • Structured meeting format
  • Focus on Developmental Assets
  • Role Model
  • Exposure to college preparation

Technical Skill Development

Technical Skill Development

  • Coding
  • Robotics
  • STEM Exploration

Soft Skill Development

Soft Skill Development

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Critical thinking and Problem Solving

Career Awareness

Career Awareness

  • Field Trips
  • Capstone Project
  • Guest Speakers
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Testimonials

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Mentor Jenny

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Mentor Robert

CYEP Mentor Leeanna Hays
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Mentor Leeanna

Program Logistics

Decoded Mentoring program

Logistics

School Location

  • Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology
  • Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School

When: After-school

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm (STEM class)
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm (Mentoring)

Field Tips

  • Quarterly
  • Saturdays (10:00am-3:00pm)

How

  • Classroom, field trips and on-site mentoring (Currently Virtual)

Timeline

  • Mentor recruitment and training (July-Augest)
  • Mentor/mentee matching (September)
  • Program Begins (October)
  • Program Concludes (June 2022)

Our Partners

Parntner Agency

Role

City of Alexandria (including the CSU)

  • Program oversight
  • Communication with grant maker
  • Mentor training support
  • Developmental Asset Training

Alexandria City Public Schools

  • Student recruitment
  • Supervision
  • Snacks
  • Parent Communication

George Mason University

  • Mentor recruitment
  • Mentor support

Virginia tech College Access Collaborative

Career Awareness

  • Think-A-Bit Lab
  • STEM supplies
  • STEM Capstone project
  • Graduation support

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Our Partners

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City of Alexandria (including the CSU)
  • Program oversight
  • Communication with grant maker
  • Mentor training support
  • Developmental Asset Training
Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Student recruitment
  • Supervision
  • Snacks
  • Parent Communication
George Mason University
  • Mentor recruitment
  • Mentor support
Virginia Tech College Access Collaborative
  • Think-A-Bit Lab
  • STEM supplies
  • STEM Capstone project
  • Graduation support
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