112 Packard Avenue
Nuestro Futuro: Advancing Science Education (NFASE) is an academic enrichment program housed within a public middle school in Jamaica Plain funded by the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The program is focused on inquiry-based science education, public outreach, and community-based information campaigns to educate students, families, and their communities on health research topics within a health equity framework. Our goal is to increase the scientific literacy of public middle school students, as well as their interest and enthusiasm for studying the sciences by providing research career awareness opportunities and mentoring. The program runs throughout the school year.
The program serves approximately 75 youth in grades 5-8 (roughly ages 10-14). Youth are divided into groups (classes) that are matched with an adult facilitator for the duration of the program year. Facilitators participate in curriculum and lesson plan development, deliver lessons, and support student learning and overall youth development.