Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering LEADers
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Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) LEADers demonstrate their interest in Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Diversity through their WYSE activities. These undergraduates facilitate hands-on, minds-on STEM explorations for middle and high school students providing authentic opportunities to think, analyze, and create like scientists and engineers. They step-out and step-up, representing the best of what the University of Illinois has to offer–supporting pre-college students in not only picturing themselves as future scientists and engineers, but in giving them the tools and self-confidence to pursue these majors in college.
Committing to be a WYSE LEADer means:
- a willingness to work with students in after-school, Saturday, and/or summer learning programs locally and across the State,
- a willingness to learn how to be a better facilitator and activity designer, and
- a willingness to become more knowledgeable of cultures different from your own, to critique your own biases, to notice inequities, and to take action to shift the needle toward greater justice, equity, and diversity in STEM.
Note: The WYSE LEADer program itself is not open to the public, but the LEADers work with middle and high school students of partnering community organizations.View current partnerships and find out more about becoming a partner organization.