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College & Career Awareness (Ages 6 - 13)

Serving 50+ Middle Schoolers Per Year Since 1997

Experiment in Diversity

Experiment in Diversity (EID) is a year-round, incentive-based college and career awareness program for middle school students.

Academically, the program offers tutoring support for current-grade school work and is intended to spark curiosity in new fields through project-based learning and team-building exercises that explore real world problems. Program leaders help youth map out future education plans, take children on field trips to local colleges and universities, and teach students about financing college through scholarships, financial aid, or other means. Furthermore, EID promotes cultural understanding and educates kids on community service through the Nabe’s weekly Food Pantry program that serves 150+ families per week.

Regarding career awareness, EID assists students with career planning and designing paths for obtaining future employment in fields of interest.  Workshops are offered to develop interviewing, public speaking, leadership, and civic engagement skills. Job application skills are taught including the preparation of resumes, cover letters, and reference lists. EID visits local businesses, hosts panel discussions, and takes field trips to a variety of workplaces around the Bay Area including banks, courts of law, technology companies, and engineering companies. Guest speakers are invited to speak about their professional lives to inspire youth with personal stories.

Youth can earn up to $1,600 in financial incentives as they fulfill program goals including attending school, completing homework, providing report cards and progress reports, and completing other assigned tasks. The incentive package covers field trips to theme parks, opportunities for a fine dining experience, shopping excursions, spending money, and much more!

Program Manager: Sharon Johnson


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