Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Science Career Continuum (SCC) delivers E-STEM enrichment, mentorship, and authentic research opportunities to underserved Chicago Public School students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM. The program comprises three components-Science First, College First, and undergraduate internships-and targets youth from backgrounds underrepresented in science. SCC has benefited more than 500 students during its 23-year history. SCC’s replicable model supports students along a multi-year path including critical transitions between middle school, high school, and college-and has demonstrated excellent results. Since 2008, 100% of SCC seniors have graduated from high school, 95% have matriculated to college, and 93% of survey responders have earned a post-secondary degree.

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