STEM Pathways

To support our STEM Initiative, Vermont Afterschool, Inc. received a $30,000 grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year to create meaningful job and expanded learning opportunities for students across rural Vermont.

GOALS:

  • Training high school students in rural areas to deliver content around science, technology, engineering,and mathematics (STEM) to their local afterschool and summer learning programs.
  • Supporting older youth in the work-based learning process by helping them to develop job skills, improve their instructional practices, as well as connecting them to different career paths.
  • Providing jobs for high school students who will receive compensation for their time and are located in areas of the state where finding part-time work can be challenging for youth.
  • Increasing access to STEM programs during the out-of-school time for elementary school age children.

PARTICIPATING PROGRAMS FOR FY19:

  • 1. All-4-One, Springfield School District
  • 2. AIM, Windham Northeast SU
  • 3. Crossroads, Franklin Northwest SU
  • 4. One Planet, White River Valley SU

KEY PARTNERS:

• Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science, Boston
• Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
• The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience

FY18 DATA:

  • 43 teens were trained to teach STEM activities at their local afterschool programs
  • Teens received a total of 38 hours of training in teaching, classroom management, and workforce skills
  • 300 youth in grades 2-6 participated in the STEM afterschool programs taught by teens
  • 11 afterschool programs sites participated across five rural SUs

MEDTREK

MedTrek is a 10-week health science careers exploration afterschool program for middle school youth in Vermont. The program was developed by Vermont Afterschool in partnership with the UVM Larner College of Medicine and Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center. College students studying health sciences and high schoolers who have gone through the program are recruited as mentors to support youth in hands-on health science activities and field trips in their local communities. In 2018-2019, 24 middle school students from two different districts participated in the MedTrek program (Winooski and North Country SU).

Students get to talk to guest health professionals who join the program weekly to share their knowledge, introduce tools and technology that make their work exciting, and inspire youth to consider a future health care career. Students go through nine modules, each focusing on a different occupation area in the health field. For the final week, mentors and middle school students reflect on their experience and plan a celebration of learning to share with the broader community. 

Modules:

  1. Health Careers Overview
  2. Vital Signs
  3. Microbiology
  4. The Nervous System
  5. Hospital Field Trip
  6. Dental Hygiene
  7. Surgery
  8. Emergency Medical Systems

Goals:

  1. Provide meaningful experiences for middle school students to explore careers in health sciences and the medical field.
  2. High school mentors will increase their workforce readiness and be able to apply their professional learning to future employment.
  3. Increase access to meaningful career exploration for middle school students and work experiences for high school youth.

Key Partners:

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience
  • University of Vermont Health Sciences program

VERMONEY

Vermont Afterschool, in collaboration with Vermont State Treasurer’s office, developed the VerMoney Financial Literacy Program for 2019-2020. VerMoney is a hands-on, active learning afterschool program that teaches key concepts of financial literacy to children in grades K-5. Vermont Afterschool will provide curriculum kits, training, local bank or business connections, book selections, a small stipend to cover staff and material costs, and support for program implementation throughout the project.

Dates: January-May 2020
Cost: Free; a brief application is required and space is limited to 10 programs
Registration: Look for an application in November 2019; email sam@nullvermontafterschool.org for further information