Change A Teen Girl’s Life: Mentor

SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, DESIGNERS AS VIRTUAL MENTORS:

Do you have a gift for communicating science and math to the public? Our teens need you.

In our first year, we learned first-hand what any teacher or parent can tell you: teens need a LOT of help with their writing. It took an entire semester to get our first group to write an article they could be proud of. The second semester we still only had one of our students actually produce work she felt was worthy of publication. With close mentoring, Hannah produced a riveting article on the controversy around sugar “addiction,” which you can read, here.

Hannah needed what every good writer needs: a good editor. She needed someone to ask the right questions, nurture her confidence as a writer and help her find her voice. It was well worth it; once Huffington Post ran this piece, Hannah’s passion for science reporting was set in stone. We are looking for writing mentors that can help us provide each of our students with a similar sense of pride – and a similar leg-up, academically. Do you remember who mentored you, and how it impacted your life and career trajectory? Become a catalyst for an inner-city girl and help her realize her full potential. Click here to volunteer.

Program Profile: MadSciMag

Where Teens Drop Mad Science.

…Is it safe to use sunscreen when I go to the beach?

…Do I drink too much soda?

…What’s really in that bottle of water that I just bought?

These are all questions our teen science journalists have explored through the MadSciMag initiative – with many more to come. MadSciMag provides teens with a safe place to investigate, explore, and then share their findings on scientific issues of interest (and often, controversy) in their communities. To foster this environment, BetterBio partners with labs, community organizations, academic institutions, and professional journalists and scientists, giving them an immersive education in science communication.

In collaboration with Science Club for Girls, BetterBio has trained over 30 young women to effectively communicate the science they learn to their friends and family. When one of our teens is scrolling through their Twitter feed and sees an article about the effects of drinking coffee on developing cancer, she is able to think critically and form her own opinion on that story. Who did the study? What was their methodology? Does it make sense? In an era where an overwhelming amount of information is easily accessible by anyone with a computer or a phone, it has never been more important to teach our youth to think critically. MadSciMag fulfills BetterBio’s mission to narrow the communication gap in science, but we can’t do it alone.

We are seeking writers, editors and designers as virtual mentors – sign up here and change a girl’s life.