In 2012, GREEN introduced a 30-week after school Science Academy (SA) focusing on Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics, which introduces 4th – 6th elementary-aged children to the sciences, with the stated objective to help students develop an interest in STEAM subjects. The curriculum is based on best practices that will introduce science activities and better prepare the students for academic success. In order to increase the likelihood of the program’s success and therefore student outcomes, the students of the Science Academy are paired with college student mentors. The students’ youth mentors are selected from a pool of undergraduate/graduate and medical student volunteers from UCLA and UC Irvine. The Science Academy, through its science curriculum and youth mentorship program, thoughtfully develops elementary school students in an under-resourced environment to improve their learning outcomes and future achievement.
Given its success, we then developed a pipeline so that we could ensure the students success from elementary school to college. Our ALMA pipeline includes ALMA Science Academy, Junior High Science Academy and the High School Scholars Program.