Apply now to be a paid STEAM mentor this summer. Work with youth to code drones to fly and robots to dance; make games, swagg, and music beats; create digital stories and art. Explore and learn valuable STEAM skills while having fun and inspiring youth from your own community and more. No experience necessary.
Space is limited, so apply early!
Application deadline: Thursday, April 22, 11:59pm
Applicants notified: Monday, April 26
Paid Training: May 17 - June 11
Program Dates (vary by site): June 14 - August 20
Apply now to be a paid STEAM mentor. Work with youth to code drones to fly and robots to dance; make games, swagg, and music beats; create digital stories and art. Explore and learn valuable STEAM skills while having fun and inspiring youth from your own community and more.
I know how valuable mentors in my life have been so I thought if I could just be a little bit of that to anyone else that would be awesome.
In 2020, City Colleges of Chicago, Northwestern University, and community organizations partnered to launch STEAMbassadors, a mentorship workforce initiative to engage college students in strengthening and sharing their STEAM passions with youth from their communities.
STEAMbassadors supports young adults, 18-24, in transitioning from participants to practitioners, as they develop workplace skills, identify and deepen STEAM interests, and strengthen their identity as civic leaders.
The STEAMbassadors program is a good fit if you....
STEAMbassadors is a paid workforce development program that gives college students an opportunity to work in the neighborhoods where they are from and with which they are familiar. Youth adults are trained and hired as STEAM mentors to lead camps for for K-8 youth from their home community.
STEAMbassadors gives mentors an opportunity to connect with senior leaders in higher education and community partner organizations, as well as, peers from represented communities across Chicago, Evanston, Michigan, and beyond.
Upon hire, STEAMbassador mentors gain free access to the STEAMville platform to explore and level up in STEAM skills through specially curated activities, while also having the opportunity to engage in paid workforce professional learning experiences.
The STEAMbassadors application is a 2-step process. First, complete the application form linked below. Once it has been submitted you will be granted free access to the STEAMville platform where you will complete a few short Application Activities. Here you will learn how to design your digital brand and create a video introduction for your application.APPLY
Once you are officially hired as a mentor, you will begin your paid training. You will gain valuable workforce development and STEAM skills to prepare you to lead summer camps as a community leader for K-8 youth from your own community and beyond.
Once you successfully complete your paid training you are guaranteed an opportunity for summer employment as a camp lead mentor until mid-August.
You will be placed with community partners for summer employment where you will lead camps based on the STEAM skills you learned during paid training. Camps may be in person or virtual depending on the individual programs.
You will continue to receive support and access to learning and skill development, and you will build community with other mentors throughout your placement.
STEAMbassadors doesn’t end with summer employment. You will be welcomed into a community where opportunities to engage will be curated especially for you. Free access to STEAMville will continue, and ongoing learning, professional developmen,t and employment opportunities will be shared, and peer-to-peer social interactions continue year round as well.
I never knew that I could do that much to inspire kids to change who they are or be like another role model for them.
Good question, but we just don’t know yet. We can say that there will be some roles for STEAMbassadors that can be done remotely, if that is what is most comfortable and safe for you. It is also likely that parks and community spaces will have some in-person programming for youth, so there may be in-person opportunities as well. The STEAMbassadors Program and all of our community organizations are committed to the health, safety, and well being of staff, mentors, and youth. When you apply, please note if you have a need or preference for in-person or remote work roles. We appreciate your flexibility and commitment as we adapt to changing needs and best practice guidelines.
Different parts of the STEAMbassador journey have different commitment levels. During your paid training, you can expect to work approximately 20 hours per week. We ask that mentors be available to commit to work 10:30am - 2:30pm, Monday-Friday for paid training May 17 - June 11. We will provide a more detailed training schedule for you that lists when we will meet as teams for discussion and sharing, but much of your training will be self-paced. You may have the option of learning additional STEM skills that will open up more placement possibilities. So more time training = more time spent learning new skills = more $ you earn! Nice, yeah?
After your paid training is complete, you will be placed in a job position with a community partner who will set your work schedule based on their programming hours and needs. Once your job leading youth programming begins, you can expect to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Some of your work will be done live on a specific schedule, and some will be done asynchronously as it fits in your schedule.
YES! We highly encourage continued learning while working as a STEAMbassador. We will do our best to accommodate schedules for classes so that you are not leading youth programming during class time. We do recommend that you consider how much you can balance with school and work demands. If you are not sure about scheduling and balancing, email us or include a note in your application so we can discuss together.
Absolutely, yes! First, we are willing to bet that you have more skills than you realize, even if you (or your school) doesn’t always label them as “STEM skills.” Just look at you using the internet and figuring things out - tech, problem solving, check, and check! But more importantly, we have designed STEAMbassadors intentionally so that part of your work is learning and leveling up your skills. This work takes a village of people with all kinds of skills, but we need everyone to be willing to try, to engage, to believe in yourself, and find ways to build your skillset. The more you learn, the more you can earn. Bonus!
Paid training is 10:30am - 2:30pm, Monday-Friday for paid training May 17 - June 11. Some of the training will be scheduled live and some will be self-paced. We will share a more detailed schedule with you before it begins.
The program schedule will vary depending on where you are placed. The earliest possible start date is June 14, and the last possible end date is August 20. You can expect to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Some of your hours will be scheduled live and some will be self-paced. We will share a schedule with you before your program begins.
Wages will vary depending on where you are placed, but most positions earn an hourly wage of $14-15. This includes your time in training!
MOST of the jobs involve working directly with youth. There are a few support positions that are needed for this summer, such as Tech Champions with Innovation One at Truman College. Check out this cool video for more info on that opportunity.