Mentors and Volunteers

KC STEM Alliance relies on volunteers to fill a variety of needs, from helping with office tasks to event planning and mentoring. Both of the nationally recognized STEM programs we facilitate, Project Lead The Way and FIRST Inspires, require countless volunteers to succeed.

Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) volunteers support students in a non-traditional, project-oriented classroom setting. Volunteers might serve on a partnership team, visit a classroom, serve as mentors or judge student competitions. PLTW volunteers and their companies may also offer job shadowing, field trips or internships. See a detailed list of volunteer opportunities.


FIRST volunteers work with students after school in a fun, interactive setting where they can apply science and math principles to build robots. FIRST volunteers might work with grade school and middle school students involved with FIRST Lego League robotic challenges or at the high school level with the FIRST Robotics Competition, a high-energy robotics competition. In Kansas City, volunteers are critical to the FIRST tournament experience for over 3,000 students in grades K-12.

For detailed descriptions of the types of volunteer positions available through FIRST, visit this link. Both new and returning FIRST volunteers can use this form to get involved in the current season. NOTE: This form will ask you to create a FIRST login if you haven’t already and then take you to “Volunteer for an event,” where you can search events by state (make sure to enter Kansas AND Missouri to see local events). Download a detailed list of local event volunteer opportunities.

Mentor Makers

Research shows mentoring is a proven way to support girls and women during critical junctures in the journey to a STEM career. By matching, training and supporting Kansas City-area women interested in mentoring, Mentor Makers will build and strengthen the local STEM mentor network by concentrating on three critical phases: high school, post-secondary education and early career. Questions? Contact us.

To learn more about these opportunities, use the form below:

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