Next Steps

These programs recommended by IWAK subjects were created to help today's kids find themselves, find their paths, and move forward with confidence. 

AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

Find out about Aquarium of the Pacific programs for young people here.

​Dawn Wright 

BLACK ROCK FOREST 

Angie's study site, Black Rock Forest, in New York State, hosts field trips and other programs for kids in nearby cities and towns. To find out more, click here. And check parks in your own area for similar experiences, free to kids.

Angelica Patterson

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB 

One-on-one mentorships to help young people succeed in school and life. Find out more here

Annelys Roque Gardner

 

FOOD EMPOWERMENT PROJECT'S FIGHT FOR THE OCEAN PROJECT 

Food is power! Preserving ocean species and their environment is key. Find out more here.

Shaina Sadai

 

4-H

America's largest youth development organization, providing mentorship and skills for future leaders. 4-H: Dawn Wright’s ESRI Education Team works with them on GIS, but the organization supports many kids through agriculture and related science.  Find it here.

Keri NelsonAngelica Patterson | Dawn Wright

 

GEOMENTOR

The American Association of Geographers hosts a geomentoring program that matches students and schools with professional geographers to work on ARC GIS projects. The GeoMentor network was set up to help young people use Geographic Information Systems. Information for teachers here.

Dawn Wright

 

GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Leadership, community, and skills for girls. Click here.

Angelica Patterson | Dawn Wright 

 

IN SEARCH OF EARTH'S SECRETS TRAVELING EXHIBIT

The International Ocean Discovery Program sends out a publicity tour in the shape of a flock of kiosks used to explain the science that takes place aboard the JR, and a giant inflatable ship. On site wherever the exhibit travels, docents are brought on board to introduce the work of this group and their ship to the public. Learn about the traveling exhibit In Search of Earth's Secrets and its docent program here

Ian Cortez | Dawn Wright | Karen Romano Young | Marta Torres | Lisa D. WhiteChang Liu

 

KAMP KIMCHEE 

This is a Minnesota day camp for kids adopted from Korea. Learn more here

​Keri Nelson 

 

NOT ALONE NOTES 

Morgan Rondinelli and Molly Fishback founded this organization to send notes, information, and encouragement to people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Click here for more. 

Morgan Rondinelli | Molly Fishback
 

OCEAN INSTITUTE OF DANA POINT

Ocean Institute at Dana Point (California) is a source for oceanography, biology, geology, geography, and more. Summer camp, too.  Learn about it here

Dawn Wright

 

PROJECT BLUE

Project Blue: Alta Sea, Port of Los Angeles: Find our more about it here

Dawn Wright

 

REGERON ISEF

Regeron ISEF: Dawn Wright recommends the Society for Science's science fair. More here.

Dawn Wright

FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
 
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 

ESRI

Dawn Wright’s organization, ESRI, pioneered ARC GIS, software young people are learning to use to sandwich information they gather "on the ground" about how their cities and towns operate into maps. This creates towers of information that are being used to answer questions about such things as natural disasters, the spread of Covid-19, and racial equality.  Read stories about this and learn how to get involved here

Dawn Wright

 

FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA

This organization is devoted to fostering leadership in the science and business of agriculture. Find out more here

​Keri Nelson

 

LETTERS TO A PRE-SCIENTIST

Melinda Martinez takes part in the program Letters to a Pre-Scientist, which matches middle school and high school kids with scientists for one-on-one communications. Get involved -- and get letters -- here

Melinda Martinez

 

MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Shaina also was active in the nearly a century-old  program, which involves students from 130 U.N. member countries in learning about global issues. Find out more here.

Shaina Sadai

OCEAN EXPLORATION TRUST/NAUTILUS LIVE 

Pete often works aboard E/V Nautilus, a  science exploration ship. High school students, undergraduates, early career, and advanced scientists are part of Nautilus's Corps of Explorers, which includes remote-operated vehicle pilots in training, videographers-in-training, and other roles for young people. Click here for more information. 

Peter Girguis |  Melinda Martinez | Karen Romano Young

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Team up and take on a challenge. Find out more here

Angelica Patterson

 

STAMP OF APPROVAL 

Lisa D. White shared the work of Jacob Vazquez, a teen artist who designed a U.S. postage stamp in her honor, appreciating his talent and the initiative he showed in sending it to her. (Note, it's not an official postage stamp.) The photograph is by Thea Boodhoo.  

Lisa D. White 

 

STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION 

This organization sponsors groups of students who work in national parks and public lands as volunteers. Get community service hours, spend time in the wilderness, hike and camp, learn leadership,  trailbuilding, and use skills, social skills, and more. Return as a leader, as George did. CLICK here.  

George Matsumoto

 

TRANSFORM YOUR WORLD

Learn about international, national, and regional Youth Climate Summits and other ways that teens can get involved in learning, practice, policy, and activism. Find out more here.

Shaina Sadai

 

YOUTH CLIMATE SAVE

This organization involves animals, agriculture, and the environment. Learn more here

Shaina Sadai

 
 

CHANGE TO CHILL

Chang Liu struggled to balance activity with studies. Now, working on a ship, he maintains his efficiency by balancing work and physical activity. Change to Chill offers similar recommendations for athletes trying to stay focused on work. Learn more here

Chang Liu

 

INTERNSHIPS​

Lisa D. White credits three summers' worth of internships with the U.S. Geological Survey for the experiences that led her into paleontology. Other scientists recall an internship (or two) as turning points in helping them find their way, including finding mentors and programs. 

Lisa D. White | Brandon Enalls | Melinda Martinez

 

LGBTQ+ PROGRAMS 

These vary per college campus. 

Brandon Enalls | Shaina Sadai

 

MBARI SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision. While the focus of the MBARI internship is on the intern’s professional development—learning research techniques and improving communication and collaboration skills—interns also participate in a variety of activities which afford them the opportunity to explore California’s central coast and to establish a sense of camaraderie with their fellow interns. These activities may include: assisting with MBARI’s annual open house event; a “behind the scenes” tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; and a kayaking trip on Elkhorn Slough. Click here.   

George Matsumoto

 

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 

This program, featured on many university campuses, gives incoming freshmen a head start and pairs them with upperclassmen mentors. Find out more here

Brandon Enalls

 

OCEAN EXPLORATION TRUST/NAUTILUS LIVE 

Pete often works aboard E/V Nautilus, a  science exploration ship. High school students, undergraduates, early career, and advanced scientists are part of Nautilus's Corps of Explorers, which includes remote-operated vehicle pilots in training, videographers-in-training, and other roles for young people. Click here for more information. 

Peter Girguis |  Melinda Martinez | Karen Romano Young

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES (REU)

Many college campuses feature these programs. 

Brandon Enalls

College
STUDENTS 
AGE 21 AND OLDER

ECOLOG

Melinda Martinez joined the Ecological Society of America's (Ecolog) in order to get the news about her field, including openings in scientists' labs. Learn more about Ecology here

Melinda Martinez

 

OCEAN EXPLORATION TRUST/NAUTILUS LIVE 

Pete often works aboard E/V Nautilus, a  science exploration ship. High school students, undergraduates, early career, and advanced scientists are part of Nautilus's Corps of Explorers, which includes remote-operated vehicle pilots in training, videographers-in-training, and other roles for young people. Click here for more information. 

Peter Girguis |  Melinda Martinez | Karen Romano Young

 

POLAR IMPACTS

Learn about Polar Impacts/Minorities in Polar Science, the organization that Prem Gill founded, here.

Prem Gill

UNITED STATES ANTARCTIC PROGRAM 

Antarctica is dedicated to scientific research, but it takes many careers besides science careers to get the big job done. People 21 and older can apply to work at one of the three U.S. stations in cooking and cleaning jobs, as administrators or drivers, as carpenters or electricians, and much more. Find our more here

Keri Nelson

 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS 

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Grants, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Learn more about available scholarships and grants here.