Building on Harvard’s commitment to education beyond the classroom, the program provides academic mentoring by Harvard undergraduates to Allston-Brighton children and youth in the subject areas of math, science, and writing. More than 25 Harvard undergraduates serve as Harvard Allston Mentors each semester.
The curriculum for the program is guided by the Ed Portal’s Faculty Director Professor Robert Lue, Harvard professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and director of Life Sciences Education; educators from the Harvard’s Life Sciences Outreach program; and Dr. Tom Jehn, Sosland Director of the Harvard College Writing Program.
Mentoring sessions take place once a week during the semester and are held on the same day and time each week. Different mentoring options are available depending on a mentees’ grade-level. For example, Science Club is available to children in 1st through 5th grade. Activities may be interdisciplinary, incorporating writing, math and the visual arts as appropriate for the grade level. Whereas traditional mentoring and academic subject area mentoring is offered to high school students. The student can work one-on-one with a mentor to develop projects focused on an individual interest or the session could be highly content specific based on the subject area.
As part of the mentoring program, students from the Gardner Pilot Academy’s after-school program also come to the Ed Portal four to five times a semester to engage in hands-on inquiry-based science enrichment activities in small groups with the mentors.
The 10-week long semester concludes in the beginning of December and includes a Student Showcase and Open House where mentees and mentors share their work and projects from the semester and host interactive displays and demonstrations for their families, friends, and anyone in the community. Save the date for this semester’s Ed Portal Student Showcase and Open House on Sunday, December 2nd.