LEAD with Us

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. If you are a student, visit us on Campus Groups for more information.

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 to 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.

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

WYSE LEADers are also encouraged to consider summer employment as a Summer Camp LEADer, providing STEM mentorship and instruction to campers who attend WYSE summer camps.  Learn more…


If being a WYSE LEADer is not for you, contact us to become a WYSE Volunteer!

If you are looking to help the community in a more non-committal fashion or are simply looking to fulfill some community service hours, being a WYSE Volunteer might be for you! You can volunteer for all of the same opportunities that WYSE LEADers have, but without any extra expectations. Sign up for a single event or sign up for many, just let us know that you want to help and we will make it work.

“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