The Great Young Society II functions as an umbrella organization to the following programs that operate on funding from tax deductible gifts, grants, and donations. The funds are used to offer students a stipend, pay for college application fees or purchase laptop computers and learning materials. The ultimate goal is to expand the program nationally.
1. Workforce Readiness Program
The Workforce readiness program provides year round internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level students who have a desire to gain marketable experience in statistics, computer programming, data management, informatics, and biomedical research studies. Specifically, we offer the students hands on skills with data collection using REDCap and Qualtrics, and data analysis using SAS SPSS, and STATA.
2. Diversity initiatives in Research for Underrepresented Minorities (DRUM)
The Diversity initiative in Research for Under-represented Minorities (D.R.U.M) is a program aimed at offering seminars, workshops, and internship opportunities to undergraduate and high school students, with an emphasis on including under-represented minorities. The main objective of this program is to expose students to several research and academic disciplines in the field of biomedical research.
Since its inception in 2001, DRUM has been able to directly introduce over 60 under- represented students to the career possibilities that await them in the field of biostatistics and data management. Over the years DRUM has built an extensive network of contacts both in the local Philadelphia neighborhoods and Universities nation-wide;
especially those that tend to serve minorities. These connections provide a consistent feed of young enthusiastic minds eager to explore the possibilities that exist in data management and statistics.
The list of Universities from which we have attracted interns includes:
Alabama A&M University
Clark Atlanta University
Delaware State University
Indiana University of PA
Penn State University
Philadelphia Community College
Temple University Tuskegee University University of Maryland West Chester University
University of Pennsylvania
3. Tutoring/Mentoring/College Preparation Program
During the fall semester and spring semester, our primary focus will be on helping our interns, who are High school students, navigate the College admissions process by providing SAT prep assistance from mentors who succeeded in getting into college in previous years through DRUM. We also provide tutoring in all subjects.
4. Partnerships with schools
The Great Young Society II has partnered with the Terp and Eagle Science Club https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKI1l_pGOSE.
Here’s what we do and why we do it! Every week, three times a week, students from the University of Maryland get together and volunteer their time to tutor elementary students in math, science, and reading. We want to inspire our students to do well in school and be first-generation students, while preparing them for college, careers, and beyond!