Volunteer with Newton's Road
As a nonprofit, our mission is to connect with and inspire young people to develop an interest in STEM learning and pursue STEM careers. Newton's Road is an active resource for the community, connecting area youth to unique STEM and career exploration programs, events, and activities for our region. This important work requires a partnership of many segments of our community. We need volunteers like you to help create these moments and further STEM connections in our area.
Here are some examples of ways to volunteer with Newton’s Road:
- Assemble STEM Kits
- Support at STEM-related Events
- General tasks (organize event materials, stuff envelopes, deliver resources, etc.)
- Become a Community Liaison
Jump in now – go to our United Way volunteer portal! Click on ‘Become A Fan’ to receive automatic notifications on our volunteer needs for STEM Kit Assemblies, Events and General Tasks.
Want to learn more about volunteering with Newton's Road? Keep reading!
STEM Kit Assembly days happen every month or two. Individual and employee volunteers can help with STEM Kit assemblies. For example, Sara Lee and Cherryland Electric employees helped assemble almost 300 STEM Kits. Community volunteers assembled 500 mini-STEM Kits for the Father Fred Back to School Shoe event. Help us repackage STEM related games and hands-on activities into give-away bags for the public or into reusable storage containers for community organizations such as Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center and Communities in Schools in Antrim County.
We help support the following annual events, and many smaller "Pop-Up" events around our region that vary year to year. Interact with families and kids as they engage in hands-on fun at our event table and tent. Annual events include:
- TADL MakerFest (usually end of April, outdoors)
- MiCareerQuest (Grand Traverse Civic Center in mid-May)
- Northern Michigan StartUP Week (TC Opera House in early May)
- Evenings on River Street (Elk Rapids on Wednesday eves, late June to early Aug)
Our Newton's Road Community Liaisons help connect our Outreach Manager, Emily Williams, to creative ways to layer hands-on STEM learning within your local community or school. For example, our Kalkaska Liaison helped us become part of their middle school exploratory Wednesday sessions. Our Kingsley Liaison connected us to after school youth programs offered at The Rock of Kingsley. Learn more about our current Community Liaisons on our STEM Map! If you are interested, please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM Enthusiast Connections
If you are a STEM enthusiast, we'd love to help connect you to direct youth engagement needs, such as guest speaker, school team support, pitch mentor, practice interview, panelist, etc. Please send us a short bio and interest description on our Contact Us page, and we will help connect you with some opportunities.