WYSE LEADers demonstrate their interest in Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Diversity through their WYSE activities. These undergraduates facilitate hands-on, minds-on STEM explorations for middle and high school students providing authentic opportunities to think, analyze, and create like scientists and engineers. We step-out and step-up, representing the best of what the University of Illinois has to offer–supporting pre-college students in not only picturing themselves as future scientists and engineers, but in giving them the tools and self-confidence to pursue these majors in college.

Committing to be a WYSE LEADer means:

  • a willingness to work with students in after-school, Saturday, and/or summer learning programs locally and across the State,
  • a willingness to learn how to be a better facilitator and activity designer, and
  • a willingness to become more knowledgeable of cultures different from your own, to critique your own biases, to notice inequities, and to take action┬áto shift the needle toward greater justice, equity, and diversity in STEM.

Apply today to become a member of the WYSE LEADers community.

Help to facilitate physics and mathematics labs or introductory coding with upper elementary and middle school students in the Champaign-Urbana area and in Chicago (see current Partner organizations).

Apply here: https://go.illinois.edu/LEADer-application




“The teachers and counselors were very helpful and taught me so much that I didn’t know before. My friends kept me happy and did a lot of fun activities with me, making the experience way more enjoyable than I expected it to be.” ~2018 Summer camper