Become a Mentor for a
First Gen Scientist

We are a community of college students in STEM. Together, we provide mentorship and engaging STEM-based activities to local youth through our weekly afterschool program.

Our Afterschool Program

First Gen Scientists is a student organization at Arizona State University that provides an afterschool science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program to local students (grades 6-8). Our program is one year long and includes three core components:

Hands-On Activites

Hands-on activities encourage a life-long passion for STEM by engaging students in inquiry-based experiences.


College mentors offer valuable perspective and serve as role models who can share their own experiences, passions, and past challenges.

Professional Exposure

Real world exposure through guest speakers and field trips provides awareness of the people and processes that lead innovation in STEM careers.

Every student in our program is paired with a volunteer mentor. We strive to create impactful mentoring relationships, and in order to ensure every student gets the attention and support that will enable them to pursue STEM in their future, we boast a 2 to 1 student to mentor ratio. Our students and mentors meet every week for two hours to engage in the activities of our unique curriculum. 

The Curriculum

We understand that all students have their own unique interests--sometimes ones that they have not yet discovered. In order to help our students find their own self-inspired niche within STEM, we provide a broad exposure to the various fields that are out there. Our curriculum is split up into modules where each module includes related activities that explore a specific field. With professional exposure as one of our core components, we also like to wrap-up each module with either a guest speaker or a field trip to a local company or institution. 

Check out the modules we already have going! 

Solar Energy



Computer Science

Ultimately we are planning to have a 2-3 year long curriculum so that our students can have an extended involvement in STEM. We have alot of exciting modules in the works including genetics, aerospace, mathematics, and even a fun YouTube STEM module. 

Get Involved!

Become a part of the STEM outreach community 

Interested in becoming a mentor?

We actively recruit new mentors at the beginning of each academic semester! For the upcoming spring 2017 semester, we will have two sites for our afterschool program: 

Sequoia Charter School (Mesa)

Every Monday, 3:00-5:00 PM

Children's First Academy (Phoenix)

Every Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 PM

Mentor Requirements & Expectations

Mentors create an open and supportive environment that help spark students' interests in STEM and inspire them to pursue related careers. Past experiences in teaching and working with youth are preferred but not required. Prospective mentors must meet the following minimum requirements and expectations:

  • Major/Minor in a field within STEM
  • Attend mandatory mentor orientation and training in January
  • Attend weekly afterschool sessions and also general meetings (Approx. 5 hours/week)
  • Actively participate in our community partnerships in STEM
  • Commit for a minimum of one semester

If you can meet the above requirements and are available to mentor at one of our partnering locations, we highly encourage you to apply! Please note that we do have a limited number of mentor positions. If you do not have your own transportation, do not worry. We help organize carpooling to our sites.

Click here to access our online application. In order to complete your application, also email your resume highlighting past STEM, teaching, or volunteering experience to Please feel free to direct any further questions or concerns regarding the program to this email. 

Fall Recruitment Application deadline: Thursday, August 24th, 2017.

Meet Our Partners

They make our entire program possible