The MISI STEM & Mentoring Program (IMAGINE) is designed to utilize funds raised to bypass all barriers and to cross all bridges needed to reach out and engage deserving young men and women and provide them access to a unique STEM and mentoring program.
The IMAGINE Program connects highs school students and young adults 18-24 with the goal of delivering through hands on technical experience, resume building skills that lead to employable skills.
IMAGINE provides direct access to a broad array of professionals in the areas of business, government, law, cyber, technology and science. The goal is to allow participants in between their hands on technical experiences at MISI's DreamPort, to connect with professionals to engage with, ask questions, learn about the journey of these professionals that took them to the careers and heights of achievement they have accomplished.
IMAGINE also caters to each participant's existing skills and experiences and through mentoring seeks to build character, ethics and communication skills. Participants work along side experienced professionals but also get to team with college students as needed to strengthen the ability of our STEM participants to get mentoring from mentors closer in age to their age.
Real-world cyber experiences and access to our nation's top echelon of world leaders in cyber, science and technology.
The first three days of our program are designed to allow each participant to acclimate, develop peer relationships and to literally set up every aspect of their environment as including computers and office environment.
The students are treated as employees on boarding at a new company. They get familiar with all of the forms a typical employer would require and the information needed for each form.
The interns come to MISI's DreamPort looking for a syllabus and rubric – they want to know where they are going, how they would get there, and how success would be determined. We need them to embrace their curiosity, explore new ideas, experience failing as part of the process and not something to be ashamed or feared.
The program is about challenging them to reach and explore all of their talent and areas of interest.
"Some of the speakers we talked to caused me to reconsider the career path I have been planning and switch over to have a career in cyber security." ~ A 2019 Summer Intern
During the course of their four weeks, the interns have multiple working lunches and mini-courses on topics such as cybersecurity, ethics, and policymaking. At the start of each session, our interns give their 30- to 60-second elevator pitches.
Knowing that there would be thousands of kids across the nation competing for the same slots at the top tier universities they hope to attend, or for the jobs they aspire to obtain, we want the interns to leave MISI's DreamPort with confidence in their ability to walk into an interview and make a solid first impression. Even those who arrive not being able to make eye contact during their mumbled 10 word introductions, leave after four weeks with at least 30-seconds of sustained eye contact!
Part of the experience at the MISI DreamPort facility STEM Program is being able to explain your work to others.
It's not just about technology but the ability to engage, present, collaborate and get through exercises designed to tune communication skills needed for success in college or a technical career.
MISI mentors arrange for organic opportunities for our STEM Interns to ask questions and discuss their opinions and to justify their choices.
Donations to IMAGINE will benefit the following organizations, and others!