Mentoring

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4-H Youth Program

The 4-H Program provides support for adult volunteers to administer youth programs across the state and nationwide. Programs are developed in the areas of agriculture, science, technology, engineering and many more. 4-H offers 5 summer camp programs that attract youth from across the state. The 4-H Sustainable Communities Project will engages young people in Springfield in out of school hours to provide educational enrichment and promote life skills development. A regional Operation Military Kids team is also coordinated by 4-H Program as part of UMass Outreach.

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ABLE4STEM

ABLE4STEM is a dynamic program designed to double the number of Massachusetts students who earn Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. This collaboration among the University of Massachusetts, the 15 State Community Colleges, Mass Competitive Partnership and the Governors STEM Advisory Council draws on educators, policy makers, higher education administrators and industry leaders to recruit and prepare students for STEM careers. ABLE4STEM establishes pathways for associate’s degree graduates from community colleges to enter STEM majors at UMass campuses.

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Active Minds

Active Minds is a national organization that serves as liaison between students and the mental health community. The Active Minds student chapter at UMass Amherst provides campus-wide events and national programs to help remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues by providing leadership opportunities, information and advocacy training. The organization works to encourage students to speak openly about mental health and educate others as well as encourage help-seeking.

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Adoption Mentoring Partnership

The Adoption Mentoring Partnership program is a collaboration between the Rudd Adoption Research Program in the Psychology Department at UMass, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County. This unique program seeks to match UMass students who are adopted with children in the community who are also adopted. Matched across a variety of factors, the mentors and the children are able to form friendships grounded in the similarities between them including their gender, race, ethnicity, and adoption story.

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Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice

The Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice program promotes education and experiences to undergraduate students to benefit them for future careers in psychology. The program promotes diversity in the field of psychology and is designed for undergraduates who identify as a member of a diverse group or have a strong interest in research of diverse populations. Over the course of two semesters, students are engaged in a research assistantship or internship, and a seminar held at UMass Amherst.

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American Society of Civil Engineers

The goal of the American Society of Civil Engineers is to enhance infrastructure, environment, and the quality of life of the public and to promote engineering excellence through public policy activities. The UMass Amherst Chapter of ASCE is a student run organization which participates in three design competitions including Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge and Seismic Design projects. The organization holds monthly general body meetings in which guest speakers from the community lecture about the civil engineering profession.

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Association for Women in Science

UMass Amherst is an institutional partner in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). AWIS is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the country. Its mission is to achieve equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and employment sectors. The organization provides networking, online resources for career opportunities, leadership training and other benefits that will promote women in the STEM fields.

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Athletes as Mentors

In this service learning course, UMass athletes mentor youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke and Girls Inc. The athletes help the boys and girls with their homework, play games and sports with them, and talk to them about the importance of higher education. The youth also come to UMass for campus tours.

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Bay Path College: Microbiology Outreach

John Lopes, Department Head and Professor of Microbiology, regularly does outreach at Bay Path College. On April 17, he was an invited speaker a panel discussion at Bay Path College. The panel discussion was geared towards juniors and seniors from Bay Path College’s life sciences programs (biology, forensics, biochemistry, biotechnology, and neuroscience) and focused on their future in the life sciences with their degree. Representatives from medicine, biotech, grad school, and forensics served on the panel.

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Baystate Children's Hospital Patient, Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council aims to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and positive memorable health care experiences for children and their families at Baystate Children's Hospital. The Family Advisory Council meets quarterly to brainstorm ideas and provide insight into changes that will improve service to children and families.

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