The GoSTEM Pathways to College Program provides academic mentoring for middle and high school Latino students in the Meadowcreek High School cluster. The program has three objectives: increase high school graduation rates, increase the number of students enrolling in post-secondary training, and increase the number of students pursuing post-secondary careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). This program is also a research project that will determine which types of initiatives and programs are most effective in increasing the percent of Hispanic students who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The High School component engages over 90 students 9th through 12th grade at Meadowcreek High School. Undergraduate student mentors meet with high school students during a weekly afterschool program to provide academic mentoring and tutoring, expose them to STEM careers, and offer information for college preparation.
Mentors also serve as facilitators for a weekly afterschool program for approximately 100 middle school students at Radloff and Lilburn Middle Schools. This afterschool program provides exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers through hands-on-activities, demonstrations, and guest speakers.
All program participants at the high school and middle schools also participate in Saturday and weekday activities including professional workshops, college tours, field trips to Georgia Tech, and community service projects. These sessions focus on increasing awareness about careers in the STEM fields, preparing students for their postsecondary choices, and providing opportunities for service and leadership.