Environmentor Program

Environmentor is a science research mentorship for high school students to conduct authentic environmental research on Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway shoreline.

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Environmentor summer 2022 is currently full and no longer accepting applications. 

Environmentor is a science research mentorship program for high school students to conduct authentic research under the mentorship of scientists from local universities and research institutions on projects focused on the Rockaway shoreline.

Students 9th-11th grade, who live or attend school in, or around, the Rockaway Peninsula are eligible to apply to the Environmentor Program.  

This summer, the Environmentor Program will be entirely inperson. All students will be required to show either proof of vaccination and booster OR a negative COVID test every two weeks.

Dates:  July 5th - August 19th, 2022
Location:  RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY
Class Days/Times: Mon-Fri, 10AM-3PM      

Students interested in being considered for Environmentor must complete an application by May 1st to be considered. All applicants are required to attend an in-person group interview and will be notified of the interview details after applying.   

Watch our new video to learn more about the impacts of Environmentor!

Program Expectations

  • Most students participate in the Shore Corps - environmental conservation class 1 day/week afterschool in the spring semester, as a prerequisite for the program. 
  • Students participate 5 days/week for 7 weeks July 5th-August 19th, and work with a science mentor on a research project. Students also take part in water safety, CPR training, kayaking, biking, and surfing throughout the summer.
  • Students receive up to $1,000 stipend for their research work. 
  • Students participate in regular RISE community service weekend events and will receive community    service hours for the events they attend.
  • The Environmentor Program is part of the Pinkerton Science Scholars Program and the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium (SRMC) led by the American Museum of Natural History.

For more information, contact us at: programs@riserockaway.org

For more information about the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium program go to: www.studentresearchnyc.org

Below are the research projects Environmentor students worked on in summer 2021.