New York Academy of Sciences Partnership - Creating IT Futures

New York Academy of Sciences

NextUp partners with NYAS to engage CompTIA’s network in volunteering and mentoring opportunities in New York City. Volunteers interface with the students attending Academy’s afterschool programs and camps at NYAS’ headquarters located at 7 WTC (250 Greenwich St.).

For instance, the Academy conducts a STEM Camp for middle-schoolers in February. In 2017, two dozen volunteers worked with 150 students as they rotated through different stations to generate data, work on laptops to learn Scratch and analyze their data. Campers also learned the skills sets for leadership and how to be a good leader in the STEM world. In 2018, CompTIA again is recruiting more volunteer mentors for the camp. Volunteer manage stations and work with the kids to complete the hands-on activities. CompTIA volunteers can register here

In August, CompTIA volunteers are needed for the Academy’s Science Camp. Many youths do not know about the wide variety of tech careers and do not know a person in the tech industry personally. CompTIA volunteers will meet the campers and talk about their tech careers and what they like about their jobs. Campers also will learn the basics of computer coding by creating their own video games and will explore the Laws of Motion through hands-on experiments.

In addition, CompTIA members and IT pros are invited to apply to the Academy’s other mentoring programs such as 1:1 virtual mentoring programs for STEM students from around the world. These programs include programs for high school and university students and require a year-long commitment for one to two hours a week.

CompTIA volunteers can contact Joan Matz for more information. 

Learn about NextUp’s other 2018 partners, FUSETechGirlz and TSA. Or, if you're ready to become a NextUp mentor, let us know.

Creating IT Futures

A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the Information Technology Industry Trade Association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.


We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.


Creating IT Futures
c/o CompTIA
3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 678-8300