Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is STEM?
A.  STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Q.  What will mentors do in the schools?
A.  Activities may vary depending on the teacher and classroom.  Generally, mentors will have the option of working with teachers to develop classroom activities that show the real world applications of science and math concepts, and/or mentoring high school students, individually or in groups, in science or math.

Q.  Will teachers be prepared to work with mentors?
A.   Each mentor will be matched with a science or math teacher.  Prior to entering the classroom, mentors will meet with their teachers during a school site visit.  Program coordinators will also work with the teachers to discuss the mentor’s role and the ways mentors can help with in-class activities.

Q.  Where will volunteer mentors be placed?
A.  Mentors will work in one of six partnering schools: the Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School and the Arise Academy in Philadelphia, PA; the Charter School of Wilmington and Concord High School in Wilmington, DE; and Pennsauken High School and Cherry Hill High School West in New Jersey.

Q.  Will I have to pay for my transportation to the school?
A.  No, the program will reimburse mentors for parking and transportation.

Q.  What is the time commitment?
A.  Mentors will volunteer at one of the schools for up to five hours per week.  The program in Philadelphia and New Jersey will run through March.  The program in Delaware will run until the end of the school year.  

Q.  How do I become a mentor?
A.  Please fill out an application on the Apply Now page and send it to:

Attn: Lauren Ward
1608 Walnut Street
Suite 1404
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-731-7165
Fax: 215-731-0505
Email: lward@cael.org


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