As an engineering student, its was always difficult for me to find service opportunities that related to my major – until I started volunteering with MESA. MESA (which stands for Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) is a K-12 program that prepares students for higher education in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The program is structured to encourage students to learn about math, engineering and science concepts in novel ways.
First established more than 40 years ago, MESA has centers throughout California, and 8 other states.The MESA Program at CSU Fresno has been very active in the valley, serving students for more than 30 years. For more information on this program, or to find out when you can volunteer, contact Kirstin McCoy or Louie Lopez.
Volunteering with MESA can place you in any number of capacities – as a coach at the middle school you attended years ago, a judge during a catapult competition, or as an instructor during a Saturday workshop on prosthetics. Whether you’re a college student unsure of your future career, or a professional who has been working in a STEM discipline for years, MESA would love your help. I, for one, am looking forward to volunteering with you.