Added on: April 6, 2017
Last updated: December 28, 2018
AggieMentors is the local UC Davis chapter of the national college-access program EnvironMentors. Established in 2009 as one of the first West Coast participants AggieMentors is now one of 13 chapters in the Nation
UC Davis chapter of EnvironMentors’ primary goal is to nurture and enhance opportunities in Environmental Sciences, Resource Management and STEM to underrepresented high school students. Through this aim, EnvironMentors seeks to prepare socio-economically challenged youth for university degree programs.
One of the unique attributes of the UC Davis chapter is its multi-faceted emphasis on different education levels: graduate, undergraduate and high school students. Over the course of the 9 month program, graduate and undergraduate students guide a team of underrepresented high school students through hands-on research projects. The projects vary in scope and are tailored to the interests of the mentees. This approach thereby encourages cross-generational dissemination of knowledge.
The goal of the program is to provide access to secondary education for rural underrepresented high school youth from the greater Sacramento area, predominently youth of local farming communities. The high school students will be engaged in field trips, immersion in a rigorous environmental or STEM science project, and a workshop series culminating in participation in the competitive EnvironMentors Fair to be held on the UC Davis campus each April as well as the Woodland High School campus. The winning candidates of our local EnvironMentors Fair, selected by volunteering independent professionals and faculty, will advance to the national EnvironMentors Fair in Washington DC to compete for college scholarships and monetary prizes.
For more information, see: http://cstars.metro.ucdavis.edu/education-and-outreach/aggiementors/
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