The Need The need for STEM literacy – the ability to understand and apply concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in order to solve our nation’s most complex problems – is growing exponentially. STEM literacy goes beyond the traditional occupations of scientists, engineer, and mathematicians. Ultimately, the continuous development of innovative solutions helps protect our soldiers, and our nation, against current and emerging threats. Your time makes our work possible
The Opportunity Do you believe that youth in our community are some of the brightest and determined to be successful if given the resources? Our efforts help youth in determining the future of our communities and the world. IWMF programs give you the chance to join our community as a mentor of youth ages 12 – 17. You will help youth develop their leadership abilities, define and achieve their personal goals, explore and acquire career and college skills, and more. You will also participate in all the program activities alongside the youth.
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When you get involved with IWMF, you join a high-spirited, intergenerational and multicultural community of youth ages 12 and 17 who are dedicated to building a positive future for our communities and the world.
How To Get Involved
There are a variety of ways to get involved, no matter whether you’re a research scientist or an interested parent
Here are the Top 6 ways we use volunteer help:
Help organize events, assist with marketing materials, and provide administrative help.
Help set-up and cleanup at our facility or events.
Outreach for in-kind donations of food and supplies and event sponsorship.
Transport youth and mentors to IWMF events. (valid driver’s license and car insurance required, and you must pass a Florida State background check.)
Help with our fundraising events.
Host an event to benefit IWMF in your business or make IWMF programs possible by working with your friends to raise funds. Contact us for more information.
If you have interest in one of the above areas or another idea of how you want to help, please fill out the Volunteer Application or contact us. We would be very pleased to talk to you about upcoming opportunities.
Interested in making a gift to IWMF? Visit our Donations page.
Our Mentorship IWMF primarily uses a group mentorship model that allows youth to get to know a wide range of positive role models that can offer personal and professional support. Some of our youth and mentors will also be paired in one-to-one match-ups based on desire and needs. Your primary role as a mentor is to be present and authentic, listen well, and be willing to jump right in. Our mentor group closely reflects the diversity of the youth. We welcome adults of all backgrounds: cultural, religious, educational, economic and sexual orientation. No prior mentoring experience is required. We believe youth are the experts on their own lives and futures. Our mentors help them to define and achieve their goals.
What Mentors Do
Receive training in intergenerational youth work, cultural competency, life-coaching, creative facilitation and more
Meet incredible, passionate adults like yourself who are committed to building a better future for the next generation of youth
Get to know and work with youth who will inspire you with their passion and verve
Share your experience and wisdom, and learn from the wisdom of others
Feel the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of young people
The Commitment Please consider this carefully! As a mentor, your consistent attendance is essential. Please check the dates of the program you are applying for to make sure you can attend most of the program. If you have any questions about this, please contact us. If mentoring is too large a commitment at this time, consider becoming an IWMF volunteer. Our many short-term volunteer opportunities also provide meaningful experiences working with the IWMF community of youth and adults.
Sign Up If you are ready to sign up as a mentor, please complete our Mentor Volunteer Application. We will then be in touch with you to discuss next steps. Please note, some mentor positions require a background check which has a cost of $35.