Career Exploration, Leadership, & Life Skills (C.E.L.L.S.) is the youth development umbrella that houses a palette of semi-sequenced science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and leadership programs. Girls try on different STEM-related identities and are given the space to explore their own development through multiple pathways.
Junior Mentoring is a leadership program where upper-middle and high school girls serve as co-teachers and mentors in K-8th grade science clubs. Junior Mentors also participate in a job preparation program to learn and practice teamwork, communication skills and other critical 21st century skills.
—Junior Mentoring is open to all girls in grades 9-12, and girls in grade 8 who have previously been Science Club for Girls participants, or have prior experience as a peer leader.
Challenge Teams are unique opportunities for teens to deepen their identity in STEM by working with like-minded young women through projects inspired by their interests and fueled by their creativity. Teams meet weekly with mentors, learning new skills through engineering, computer programming, and research.
Rocket Team, Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm
The team meets weekly at MIT in Kendall Square. With guidance from professional rocket scientists and engineers, the teens learn about science and engineering as they design and build their own rockets to enter in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge. Girls in grades 8-12 are welcome to apply.
We have an app for that! Girls interested in entrepreneurship and coding will work with mentors in business, computer science, and development to invent and market an app at Akamai in Kendall Square. In the spring semester, they will use their skills to compete in the Technovation Challenge.
Sister Circle Workshops *only for Junior Mentors and Challenge Teams participants*
Sister Circles provide our teen program participants the opportunity to explore different facets of identity, health, careers, and community. Guided by collegiate and professional mentors, teens meet outside of regular club time for workshops and field trips to foster friendships across programs, and develop the necessary networks and skills to forge successful futures through college and into adulthood. Sister Circles are a supplemental, required piece of programming for all Junior Mentor and Challenge Team participants.
Over the course of an intensive, 6 week employment and learning experience, teens explore topics and careers from a range of STEM fields while developing teaching and youth work skills. During each week of this 20-25 hour/week program, each cohort of 15 teens participates in a hands-on STEM experience hosted by mentors in an authentic university or industry STEM environment. At the end of each week, they distill their learning into hands-on activities that they run for younger students.
This program is held in conjunction with the Cambridge and Boston summer youth employment programs, and applications must be submitted directly through those programs in late spring. We are pleased to offer opportunities for Brookline Steps to Success participants as well, through the Summer Connections program. Summer 2017 Young Leaders in STEM programs are generously hosted by Simmons College (Boston) and Prospect Hill Academy (Cambridge), with youth teachback locations at the Brookline Rec Kangaroo Camp (Boston) and Moses Youth Center (Cambridge).
For more information on our programs for girls in grades K-5, please visit the K-5 Programs page.
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