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JEVS TechServ Scholars AmeriCorps Program

Gain Valuable STEM + IT Skills…and Serve Your Community!

The TechServ Scholars AmeriCorps Program, operated by JEVS Human Services, is a unique, year-long opportunity for youth who want to help their community through service and civic engagement, while developing technical, career skills.

LEARN…TechServ Scholars build skills for career pathways in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and IT (Information Technology), gain certifications, and benefit from hands-on experiences guided by professional mentors.

SERVE…TechServ Scholars provide STEM and digital literacy training to younger youth and community members through the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation’s public computer centers, schools and other community-based programs throughout Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Camden, NJ.

These “Learn and Serve” experiences allow TechServ Scholars to gain career exposure and advanced knowledge for the workforce. And, they develop crucial workforce “soft skills,” such as leadership, project management, problem-solving and customer service. During their year of training and service, Scholars have an opportunity to create a professional portfolio of their skills and achievements. In addition, they may prepare for entering into a STEM-related registered apprenticeship program and/or pursue higher education.

 

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WATCH OUR VIDEO...When Khadija lost her Mom at age 11, she too became lost. She didn't have the family support or confidence to continue her home schooling and eventually gave up. Learn how coming to JEVS Human Services' E3 Center and TechServ Scholars turned Khadija's life around.

"Before coming into this program, I didn't really like the computer. I wasn't using them at all. With the help of my mentors, now I can take apart laptops, towers, tablets. The best part is I can teach others these skills and also how to use Excel, Word and PowerPoint. This program has opened doors for me. I'd like to go to college for business and technology and perhaps study abroad in Japan."

— Dorothy, TechServ Scholar
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Our Scholars in Action

Our Scholars volunteer in rec centers and schools to assist both children and adults with their use of computers.

At the AmeriCorps kick-off event in October 2017, our Scholars got to meet Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Through this AmeriCorps program, JEVS hopes to attract women to join TechServ to explore the varied possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

During their year of service, TechServ Scholars have participated in several STEM fairs and other opportunities to demonstrate fun and interactive technology.

Some of our Scholars have worked on the support team for those in a CompTIA A+ certification class covering the most common hardware and software technologies in business.

Our Scholars benefit from professional mentors and career exposure to the STEM and IT fields.

Learning how to use 3D printers...coding...assembling computers and laptops...these are just some of the neat technology curricula that make up JEVS TechServ Scholars.

Learning how to use 3D printers...coding...assembling computers and laptops...these are just some of the neat technology curricula that make up JEVS TechServ Scholars.

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Media Mentions

Read the Social Innovations Journal article about how our program is bridging the STEM divide in high poverty communities.

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