call for applications

Applications and references are due date has August 1st, 2022 

See below information and application

Village Advisory Council

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is looking for adults for its 2022-23 Village Advisory Council (VAC). Since it “takes a village,” we are calling on parents, guardians, caregivers, mentors, coaches, teachers, neighbors, and other adults invested in positive youth development to apply for the council.  

Members of the Village Advisory Council will help the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective guide strategy, reflection, community engagement, outreach, accessibility, and advocacy.  Each council member will join one of the Collective's Workgroups ( Home & Community, K-12 Education, Post-Secondary Education, and Work Environment) and support the development of their goals


YOUR voice is crucial for the success of this initiative. We expect our committee to be a diverse group of adults representative of the Philadelphia region who champion our goal to increase the number of Black, Latinx and women Philadelphia students entering STEM careers by 2030. 

what would i be doing as a member of VAC?

  • You will be a representative and advocate for STEM Equity by discussing and representing your views and those of your community 

  • You will brainstorm strategies and provide feedback on initiatives  created by the Collective

  • You will be part of the decision making alongside community leaders to drive change and benefit the underrepresented populations of Philadelphia

What am I committing to as part of the VAC?

  • Attend quarterly VAC meetings (2 hours every three months).  These meetings will give you a window into STEM education opportunities throughout the city, a chance to connect with other advocates for change, and to voice your opinions and ideas.

  • Attending monthly work group meetings (1.5 hours per month).  These meetings will focus on shaping a particular aspect of the collective work. 

  • Providing honest and thoughtful feedback

  • Engaging in discussion and collaborating with Steering Committee and Workgroup volunteers.

  • Modeling our Guiding Principles

what can i get out of this opportunity?

  • Opportunity to collaborate on city-wide STEM equity collective mission

  • Network with a diverse group that is interested in amplifying STEM opportunities for students in Philadelphia

  • Have a meaningful voice and role in the direction and activities of the Collective

  • Learn from STEM educational workshops during each meeting

  • Access to timely information about STEM learning opportunities for children in your care

  • Community meal provided during quarterly meetings as conditions permit

  • STEM focused childcare program offered during the VAC quarterly meetings as conditions permit

how do i apply?

  • Complete all parts and answer all the questions in the application. There are three open-ended questions as part of the application:

  • What attracts you to supporting STEM equity in Philadelphia? (250 word limit)

  • What would you like to get out of this experience? (250 word limit)

  • What do you think you could offer to the collective?  Any special talents or skills? How might you support the work of this group?   (250 word limit)

  • Provide the name, email and telephone of two references.

To apply

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Application due on

August 1st, 2022

what happens
after I apply

After receiving the applications, we will contact you for a short interview.  If selected to be part of the VAC,    your participation will be contingent on the results of the a Child Abuse Clearance, which will be paid by the Collective. 

application timeline

  • August 1 - Application DUE

  • August 8-19 - Interviews

  • August 26 - Decision letters sent

  • August TBD - First meeting 


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