Other organizations were slow to respond or scaled down.
PE listened to our students and stepped up.
Now we are counting on you.
with Project Exploration
It takes a village to maintain our program spaces and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals to reach their full potential! Work with our team to find a volunteer opportunity that works with your busy schedule. Whether you join Project Exploration for a one-time or regular volunteer engagement, your contributions will directly further our mission. Opportunities include:
- leading hands-on STEM activities with our students
- introducing new careers/STEM opportunities to young people
- mentoring individual youth
- hosting field trips
- supporting students at events
- serving as panelists at semester-end showcases
- and more!
Learn more at one of our upcoming info sessions:
If these times don’t work for you, discuss volunteer opportunities one-on-one with us over virtual coffee or complete the inquiry form below.
Volunteer Interest Form
Join PE’s Board or Junior Board
Project Exploration is always looking to welcome new, outstanding leaders to our Board of Directors and Junior Board. If you are interested in supporting the strategic direction of Project Exploration and feel your skills could be an asset to our team, we would love to hear from you.
In short, members of the Board of Directors are expected to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Project Exploration to support the organization’s
mission and needs in accordance with the by-laws. The commitment is 2 years and requirements include:
- $2,500 give or get annual contribution
- Board meetings 6 times annually (every other month), on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am CT
- Special events, upon request and as often as able
- Participate on a standing committee of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
- Actively advocate for Project Exploration and seek opportunities to help bring resources into the organization.
- Help communicate and promote Project Exploration’s mission and programs to the community.
Junior Board members are young professionals who want to lend their support to our mission while gaining leadership experience and learning about what it takes to sit on a nonprofit board. Duties may include:
- $250 give or get annual contribution
- Attending up to 75% of meetings, held 10 times annually
- Participating in youth-focused and fundraising events
- Helping grow PE’s donor base
- Recruiting and engaging donors and volunteers
- Managing internal projects or campaigns
Board Interest Form
Work for PE
We are always interested in talking to outstanding STEM and teaching professionals who may be interested in joining our talented team. Part-time positions are available all-year-round for candidates who want to deliver programs to our K-12 students in the out-of-school time setting or during school breaks.
Programs led by STEM Facilitators provide students with hands-on, authentic experiences that will build scientific skills, fuel curiosity, and encourage students to identify themselves as scientists with hands-on science experiments that demonstrate the power and versatility of scientific inquiry. STEM Facilitators are expected to work in a trauma-informed, collaborative manner with PE’s Program Managers, students, and their families as they lead programs, field trips, and prepare for a culminating event or Reflection of Knowledge in which students share what they learned.
Full-time position openings are posted to our LinkedIn account and are filled on a needs basis. Follow us on LinkedIn to be the first to know about career opportunities with PE.
Project Exploration Employment Application
Partner with Us
Project Exploration and our youth benefit from the contributions and support of many outstanding corporate, foundation, and community partners. Partner opportunities include hosting students on field trips, lending employees to volunteer, providing curriculum support, leading hands-on STEM activities with our youth, providing event sponsorship and support, in-kind donations of supplies and equipment, and more. Current partners include, but are not limited to:
- Motorola Solutions Foundation
- Dyson Foundation
- Northwestern University Office of Community Engagement Partnerships
- After School Matters
- Organization for Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)
- Code Your Dreams
- RUSH Education and Career Hub (REACH)
- Chicago Botanic Garden
- Chicago Mobile Makers
- and more!
Ensuring the mutual benefits of partnerships is of great importance to our team and we hope to find the right opportunity with your team! Schedule an exploration meeting with PE’s team to discuss your ideas and explore possibilities, or complete the inquiry form below:
Provide In-Kind Support
When students participate in PE programs, they earn points for participation which can then be traded for prizes from PE’s Explore Store at the end of each program session. We look for generous donors to help us fulfill student wishes and allow donors to purchase Explore Store prizes for individual families via PE’s Amazon Wish List. You’ll also find program supplies and equipment on our wishlist which allow us to scale up our supply and equipment provisions for students and provide more specialized opportunities. Browse our Amazon Wish List.
Project Exploration is also still working to bridge the digital divide among our students. Months into the pandemic and in the midst of e-learning, many of the families we serve are still estimated to lack adequate devices for their kids to fully engage in e-learning and enrichment opportunities, such as those provided by PE. If you have high-quality, fully functioning devices (e.g. tablets, laptops) you are willing to donate to an enrolled PE student or our program spaces, please complete the form below.
Donate a Device
Make a Donation
In these unprecedented times, monetary donations provide PE with the flexibility to respond immediately to the growing and changing needs of our youth. Project Exploration has provided transformative learning opportunities to 20,000 Chicago youth in our 20 year history and our efforts work! A ten year longitudinal study revealed that our students are three times more likely to enroll in a four-year college than their peers, and over one-third of PE alumni major in a STEM-related discipline. With your help, we can ensure continued, equitable access to STEM programs and careers for 700 Chicago students this year. Your contributions provide:
STEMkits, which are assembled and delivered to our young people to make sure they have all the supplies they need to participate in PE programs from home
Talented program facilitators to bring high-quality, hands-on STEM programs to our students
Professional development opportunities for our facilitators who will teach nearly 600 youth this summer!
Devices for our young learners
Prizes in our Explore Store to keep students engaged in STEM learning and promote parent involvement, which is linked to the academic success of children
STEMbus and PE pop up outings to reach new families – our programs are always free to ensure there are never barriers to high-quality STEM education opportunities for families!
Resources to meet the growing needs of families under PE Cares – including the ability to help families navigate job loss, food insecurity, violence, business and school closures, and more!
Personal protective equipment and supplies to ensure we’re ready to bring our young people and staff back to in-person programs safely!
Capacity to sustainably respond to the growing and changing needs of South and Westside families
PE seeks to raise $100,000 from new individual donors this year and we hope you’ll join us in helping our young people reach their full potential. Please learn more about our impact and make a donation today: