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SF US2020 is a collaborative effort led by the Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UCSF with the city of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, Techbridge, and the Foundation. SF US2020 partners professionals from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields with groups of San Francisco middle school students in grades 6-8 (ages 11-13).


SF US2020 is part of a collective national initiative that intends to dramatically increase the scale and quality of mentorships between STEM professionals and students underrepresented in the sciences. SF US2020 fosters positive STEM role model relationships that help students to understand the practical importance of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as, visualize the exciting contributions they can make to these fields in the future.


By 2018, there will be 1.2 million US job openings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. There will not be an adequate number of qualified, diverse and dynamic US applicants to these positions. US2020 and UCSF’s Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) are changing the landscape by utilizing the San Francisco STEM professional workforce to provide mentorship to San Francisco middle school students.


  • STEM professionals from local companies in and around San Francisco with an interest in mentoring and engaging youth in science*
  • After-school sites serving 6-8th grade students from SFUSD
  • SFUSD middle schools

  • *No prior teaching experience is necessary; you will be supported and trained to engage middle school students with fun, hands-on STEM curriculum.

How & When?

SF US2020 combines STEM professionals with SFUSD middle school educators to collaborate around engaging middle school students in STEM education. Interested SFUSD middle schools and afterschool sites apply, STEM professionals apply, and SEP makes matches to create STEM teams.

SF US2020 and SEP will offer two types of programming: STEM rally type events throughout the year and monthly STEM lessons in the spring. Prior to the start date of STEMfest (October 2015- May 2016) and Spring STEMstudy (January-May), STEM teams will attend a mandatory program orientation to learn about the curricula that has been prepared for them.

Spring STEMstudy volunteers are, additionally, required to attend a planning meeting and do one site-visit before beginning their monthly lesson series.

The STEMfest events offer 6th graders an opportunity to meet STEM professionals and participate in a grade-wide engineering challenge. STEMfest volunteers are supported to lead 10-12 6th graders in a one-hour lesson plan. The lesson plan and materials are provided.

STEMfest events are led by 15-25 STEM professionals and 3-8 middle school teachers and school staff. Prior to the event, STEM professionals learn the lesson plan together and, during the event, they facilitate the activity for 10-12 6thgraders.

Teams will have the support of a coordinator, who will answer questions and troubleshoot any challenges that may arise before and during the event.

October- May 2016
Spring STEMStudy
The Spring STEMstudy teams collaborate to teach 4, one-hour, lessons together over the course of the spring school semester.

These STEM teams consist of 2 STEM professionals and an afterschool staff member. Prior to the lesson series, STEM teams attend an orientation, prepare 4 lessons, and visit the afterschool site.

Each team will have the support of a coordinator, who will provide curriculum that aligns with the STEM professional’s work, help work through the lesson details, answer questions, and troubleshoot any challenges that arise over the lesson series.

January-May 2016

To find out more about the program and to access applications, follow these links:

Information for Site Supervisors

Information for STEM Professionals

Contact Lakisha Witzel, Academic Coordinator
Phone: (415) 476-0337

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