New York Academy of Sciences Partnership - Creating IT Futures

New York Academy of Sciences

NextUp is working with NYAS to engage CompTIA’s network in volunteering and mentoring opportunities in New York City. Volunteers will interface with the students attending Academy’s afterschool and summer programs.

For instance, the Academy conducted a STEM Camp for middle-schoolers in February 2017. About two dozen volunteers helped deploy the Hack Your Health curriculum to about 150 student participants over two days. Students rotated through different stations to generate data, work on laptops to learn Scratch, analyze their data and do additional hands-on activities. Volunteer mentors managed stations and worked with the kids to complete the activities.

In August 2017, 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.

Science Camp takes place at the NYAS’ headquarters located at 7 WTC (250 Greenwich St.). Volunteers can choose from morning (10 a.m. – noon) or afternoon (1-3 p.m.) time slots on any of the following days: August 15, 17, 22 and 24.

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 register by contacting Joan Matz.

Learn about NextUp’s other 2017 partners, FUSE and TechGirlz. 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