Apply to Be a Junior Mentor

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We are now recruiting Junior Mentors for our 2024 cohort!

Junior Mentors will participate in our training between February and June. Information about the option to participate in the summer internship opportunity will be discussed during the sessions.

Application deadline is Friday, January 26, 2024!

Read about the application process below. If interested in applying, contact us at with any questions.

Program Information​

Ka Pilina No‘eau II is a 3-year research project at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), University of Hawaiʻi Manoa, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program to improve mathematics and science outcomes of K-8th grade students.

Junior Mentors will participate in virtual and in-person program sessions.

During the training, Junior Mentors will:

  • Learn about different STEM fields
  • Develop professional soft skills
  • Work with culturally responsive hands-on STEM activities

During the STEM Camp internship, Junior Mentors will:

  • Assist the lead teacher with setting up and repacking lesson materials
  • Support and learn alongside students in classroom activities

Junior Mentors will need to devote the following amount of hours to the Ka Pilina Noʻeau II Project for these program events:

  • Junior Mentor Training: 27 hours
  • STEM Camp Internship: TBD on individual basis

Program Dates

Junior Mentor Schedule – 2024

Saturday, February 17


Monday, March 18

in person
(Oahu Only)

Tuesday, March 19

in person
(Oahu Only)

Wednesday, March 20

in person
(Kona Only)

Thursday, March 21

in person
(Kona Only)

Saturday, April 13


Saturday, May 18


Saturday, June 1

in person
(Oahu and Kona)


Training will take place both virtually via Zoom and in-person at a site that will be determined after applications are received.

The Summer STEM Program will be held at various locations and Junior Mentors will be able to choose a site convenient to them.

Student Eligibility

  • High school students
  • Interest in developing professional soft skills
  • Curious about STEM
  • Attend all training program sessions
  • Complete a background check (if working at a summer camp)
  • All students will be considered; priority will be given to Native Hawaiian applicants as per grant funding

Application Process

STEP 1: Review the information on this page

STEP 2: Read and complete the application form

STEP 3: Submit the application due on Friday, January 26, 2024. If you have any issues submitting, please contact

STEP 4: We may contact you to get to know you better as part of the application process. If we contact you, it will be to ask follow up questions from your application

STEP 5: We will inform applicants of acceptance into the program by Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Ready to Apply?


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