STEM Counts - Host Organizations


Request for Proposals (AY 2021-22):

DEADLINE extended: July 30, 2021

Prospective Host Organization

Our mission is to connect SF State faculty, staff, and students with the Bay Area community through strategic partnerships that help develop civic & social responsibility, leading to positive impacts in communities. The STEM Counts program (formally known as America Counts) is a federally funded work-study program in which ICCE hires San Francisco State University students (also referred to as STEM Counts Ambassadors (SCA)) to provide STEM academic support and facilitate activities for youth in K-12 public after school programs, and non-profit organizations, with an intentional university-community partnership that will achieve community-identified outcomes supporting children, youth and families throughout San Francisco. Additionally, in alignment with ICCE’s Neighborhood Resilience Initiative proposals where STEM Ambassadors will be serving/placed in the following neighborhoods will be given priority: Oceanview, Merced Heights, and Ingleside (OMI), Lakeview, and Lakeshore. However, we still encourage prospective host organizations who have sites where STEM Ambassadors may be placed beyond these neighborhoods to apply. 

PDF: Prospective Host Organization-Program Overview & RFP: AY 2021-22

a. ICCE will

  • Provide STEM Ambassador(s) at your site at no participation fee to your organization
  • STEM Counts Ambassadors will potentially work 6-10 hours a week per semester, for a duration of one academic year (hours of work is dependent on a student’s work-study allocation and ICCE’s budget).
  • Provide a biography/resume of your STEM Counts Ambassador; 
  • Provide an annual program calendar, meeting requests and reminders of upcoming activities and deadlines;
  • Provide in a virtual pre-service orientation, prior to STEM Ambassadors’ first day of service; 
  • Provide ongoing support, guidance and professional development to ensure that the STEM Counts Ambassadors are successful in their position (e.g., Ambassador monthly check-ins, ongoing mentorship and leadership training, advising students of their responsibilities); and
  • Compensate participating STEM Counts Ambassadors through Federal Work-Study at a rate of $16.32 per hour.

b. Matching 

ICCE’s STEM Programming and Resources Coordinator facilitates matching students with community partners. Matching STEM Counts Ambassadors with community partners will be based on skills, availability and pertinent skills, talents and interests, such as: 

  • Relationship between STEM Counts Ambassador’s talents/hobbies/major and students or organizations’ interests and needs
  • Schedule availability  
  • Background or experience 

These are simply parameters to keep in mind rather than a rigid set of criteria when matching. The needs of our Community Partners are the prevailing factors to consider. Matching will take place on an individual basis prior to the start of the program. 

c. Timing of Placement

The STEM Counts Ambassadors program operates for a duration of one academic year with an anticipated start date at the host organization by Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 and end date of Friday, May 20, 2022.

d. Work Hours 

STEM Counts Ambassadors receive leave on holidays observed by the university and their host site. Additionally, STEM Counts Ambassadors are work-study paid students and their compensation does not cover during the winter, spring and summer breaks. Therefore, we do not require STEM Ambassadors to work during these time periods.

Specific assignments may vary: nonetheless, we anticipate that most STEM Counts Ambassadors’ assignments to be heavily direct service and related to STEM initiatives, programs and activities.  For example, STEM Counts Ambassadors could: 
  • Tutor and mentor K-12 students 
  • Prepare and facilitate tutoring workshops, collaborative projects, or academic support sessions for small groups of students
  • Recruit, train, and coordinate (but not select) volunteers, including high school and college students and older adults 
  • Help students engage in areas of STEM, by using effective instructional strategies and educational resources, with hands-on and inspiring content.
  • Engage students in a variety of fun asset STEM building activities, such as: journal keeping, reading, games, homework assistance, etc.
  • Structure long-term ways for involving community members in STEM project activities 
  • Generate materials, supplies, and space for STEM focused initiatives, projects, and activities 
  • Conduct community education, outreach, and awareness related to the project/program 
  • Serve as positive role models, and provide feedback to students using positive reinforcement techniques to encourage and motivate students to pursue a career in STEM

A program like this benefits our community partners and schools by providing regular and consistent volunteers. It also provides San Francisco State University students with the chance to network, develop their skills, and use their experience to make a positive impact in the local San Francisco communities. Our partners will receive continuous stable and long-term support, and develop closer ties with San Francisco State University students, staff and departments. STEM Counts Ambassadors will help and support community partners implement strategies to address the range of challenges that impact STEM education outcomes for children and youth in their communities, and thus improve STEM education outcomes for students living in their communities.

a. Supervision and Work
STEM Counts Ambassadors’ work will always be done in the presence of, and under the direction and supervision of, and after school program coordinator or other school or organization employee. Host sites are required to designate a supervisor, who can orient, train, and introduce the Ambassadors to key players; and provide support and guidance on day-to-day activities. Their work is dependent on the organizations’ need and thus will vary--they may, at times, work one-on-one with a student; they may work with small groups; they may work with large groups. Their work should be STEM-based. Although they may be asked to perform occasional clerical or housekeeping tasks (making copies, straightening the room, etc.), the great majority of their time should be helping students/ or the organization's participants with their STEM-focused needs and initiatives. 
b. Trainings/Orientation 
A critical component of the Stem Counts Program is the training and development provided to cultivate the STEM Counts Ambassadors’ nascent leadership, teamwork, and professional skills. STEM Counts Ambassadors are required to attend the host site's ongoing training and orientation. If a host site does not have an orientation/ training set in place, the host site coordinator should meet and acquaint the Stem Count Ambassador(s) with their job roles, expectations and site resources. Training plans for the STEM Counts Ambassadors should be specific to their assignment(s), including any skill training that is needed. 

To preview the request/application questions, please refer to page 5 of the PDF: Prospective Host Organization-Program Overview & RFP:AY 2021-2022

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