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Youth development

For more than 35 years, NYSCI has inspired and guided young people from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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The Alan J. Friedman Center For The Development Of Young Scientists

The Friedman Center engages young people across NYC, empowering them to develop their interest and agency in science. With an aim to change the face of the STEM workforce, our programs connect students with dynamic pathways to learning and rewarding careers.

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Science Career Ladder

The Science Career Ladder is NYSCI’s signature education and youth employment program. The SCL offers an opportunity for high school and college students to work at NYSCI as Explainers, as well as participate in mentoring, college preparation and career development activities.

Are you interested in participating in the Science Career Ladder? Learn more about becoming an Explainer here.

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Become An Explainer

Explainers help bring NYSCI to life! Explainers form part of the Science Career Ladder – an innovative education and employment program open to high school and college students in New York City. Explainers are provided training and participate in learning and development opportunities.

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STEM Career Events

The Friedman Center at NYSCI hosts a regular calendar of youth-focussed career events for New York City students in high school and college. These events (which currently take place virtually) include STEM Nights and College Readiness Workshops.

@Explainer TV

Explainers are part of @NYSCI’s Friedman Center & #ScienceCareerLadder. They perform science demos, and engage visitors in #STEM conversations!