The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and the Harlem Gallery of Science (HGS) announce the NSBP/HGS Mentoring Program directed at increasing educational resources in physics and mathematics available to middle and high school students in Harlem, Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. The program pairs student members of NSBP with students in these low-income communities of color. NSBP students will serve as mentor and role models. NSBP students can play similar roles in afterschool (and before-school) programs to provide structured learning and structured environments when students are not scheduled to be in school. In addition to the educational resources these NSBP student members provide, they also serve as role models as many come from similar communities and family situations as do the students.
The Harlem Gallery of Science, a project of the not for profit organization Science and Arts Engagement New York, Inc. (SAENY), is serving as the operational arm of this project: reaching out to local middle and high schools to obtain referrals of students, coordinating the mentors from the NSBP and from City College, developing the guidelines for mentors and mentees, and tracking the data and assessing program impact.
The mentoring program is designed to begin in early October with selection and screening of mentors and mentees taking place in September 2020. Mentors will be matched with mentee based on mutual interests, knowledge of mentee’s subject area needs, Mentors will meet via phone or zoom once every two weeks for approximately one hour with their mentee. The program will begin with a “get to know you meeting” and will continue with bi-weekly meetings throughout the upcoming academic year.
Given the large amount of on-line learning that will be a part of the NYC school program in 2020-21, this mentoring program will be especially valuable as students will have very little one on one time with teachers, either face to face or on line.
National Society of Black Physicists promotes the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large. The organization seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics and to increase their numbers and visibility of their scientific work.
The Harlem Gallery of Science is operating through a partnership between The City College of New York and Science and Arts Engagement New York for the purpose of attracting and preparing Black and Latinx youth from low-income communities of color to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines and careers.