S.T.E.A.M Mentorship Academy

A Group of Students

Let us know if you are interested in the S.T.E.A.M Mentorship Academy by completing our Inquiry Form.

Program Overview

S.T.E.A.M Mentorship Academy is a unique 16-week volunteer lead opportunity that allows UTM students to volunteer as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (S.T.E.A.M) Coaches. S.T.E.A.M Coaches will support high school students (S.T.E.A.M Facilitators) across Peel and Halton Regions to earn community service hours and support students to lead a large-scale, in-person STEAM event for a local Community Partner. Students that participate in this opportunity will have the ability to foster hands on leadership skills, through a youth informed lens, while creating experiential learning opportunities. 


What is a S.T.E.A.M Coach?

As a S.T.E.A.M Coach in the S.T.E.A.M Mentorship Academy, you will lead weekly 1-hour workshops training high school students to develop, plan and execute innovative activities and workshops related to STEAM using a Design Thinking Model. Your time coaching high school students will include helping students understand how to create facilitation guides, presentation materials, and engaging activities for community partners as part of an event to be held at the UTM Campus.

Participating students will be able to develop the following competencies

  • Facilitating and presenting: by guiding learning and dialogue sessions to support participants in deeper thinking; presenting STEAM-related ideas clearly, effectively, and accessibly. 

  • Communications and media: by conveying persuasive messages to different audiences and utilizing multiple forms of media, to engage participants. 

  • Community and civic engagement: by engaging participants in reasoned debate and critical reflections. 

  • Collaboration: with different stakeholders. 

  • Investigation and synthesis: in using appropriate technology and tools to analyze and apply STEAM information  

  • Project Management: by developing and implementing strategies for workshop & event planning. 


Responsibilities 

Volunteers must: 

  • A valid Vulnerable Sector Screening is required. For more information, please view Police & Vulnerable Sector Check Page.

  • Complete all required training modules and program specific training in (Early October)

  • Support high school students in design, creation, and implementation of workshops & activities with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematic). 

  • Complete all reflection and assessment documents. 

  • Contribute to our large-scale in person STEAM Event (Mid-March)

  • Volunteer 1-2 hours per week to meet milestones of your project (breaks for reading week and exams are accommodated). 

  • Students will be required to attend synchronous virtual weekly one-hour team meetings. 

This experience is approved on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! Links to the ccr website.


Inquiries

For inquiries and questions regarding the S.T.E.A.M Mentorship Academy, please contact:

Naomi Baptiste

Community Youth Programmer