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and be notified about ways to get involved with the K-12 STEM

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference in your community by serving as a mentor and modeling the college pathway to K-12 students
  • Teach STEM literacy and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers
  • Practice communication to non-technical audiences on science and engineering topics
  • Learn new skills through workshops led by USC staff and faculty
  • Join a community of other passionate USC Viterbi undergraduate and graduate students

Whether you are looking for a meaningful way to spend a Saturday or a long-term commitment to a school or program, we have a range of opportunities to get involved.

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Volunteer for one of our programs or at one of our K-12 STEM Center events like MESA Day, Hour of Code, or Robotics Open House. Click here to register your interest!

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The K-12 STEM Center has a long history of partnering with recognized Viterbi student groups to support their missions of inspiring and empowering future generations of engineers by delivering STEM outreach in the community. Many Viterbi Student Groups partner with the K-12 STEM Center to support their community outreach efforts with K-12 students, benefiting from the K-12 STEM Center's local network of schools and K-12 education expertise. 

Student orgs, get in touch with the K-12 STEM Center here.

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Join the Viterbi Impact Program (VIP)

VIP participants play a vital role in the community as they work as partners with local schools and organizations. VIP volunteers are Viterbi engineering students (undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D) committed to a semester, or more, of volunteering in local service projects. Volunteer time commitment will vary.

VIP connects students to service opportunities through the K-12 STEM Center and local community organizations. The Viterbi Impact Program is a central location for students to find volunteer opportunities and reflect on the impact of their service.

Click Here To Apply To VIP!

Fall 2022 Information Sessions

Join us to learn more about the Viterbi Impact Program, click on one of the dates below to RSVP.

VIP Pathways

This year the Viterbi Impact Program is a little different. Students will no longer be able to request to work on specific programs but will rank their preferences for topic pathways. 

The three topic pathways are:

Computer Science Coaching

Help CS educators (Grades K-12) learn to teach CS by supporting and leading CS training sessions and inspiring students to pursue CS with classroom visits to talk about your CS journey and lead CS activities.

K-8 STEM Activities

Support our facilitators in leading engaging STEM activities for elementary and middle school students.

College/Career Skills and Experience

Work with middle and high school students, teachers, and families of students to share the value of STEM education and support students and families on their college and career journeys.

Workshops and Trainings

Viterbi Impact Program participants attend workshops to focus on personal and professional development in the aim to achieve positive community engagement outcomes. 

VIP Orientation

Saturday, September 10 9am - 2pm

Workshop #1: Engineering in Society

Monday, October 3
6 pm - 7 pm

Workshop #2: Mental Health for Engineers

Monday, October 17
6 pm - 7 pm

Workshop #3: Career Connections

Monday, November 17
6 pm - 7 pm

VIP Timeline 2022

Viterbi Impact Program participants attend workshops to focus on personal and professional development in the aim to achieve positive community engagement outcomes. See examples of past VIP workshops on our YouTube channel.

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Click here to know more about the Viterbi Impact Program or contact Noe Mora at nmora@usc.edu 

Q&A For Viterbi Students


Faculty and community members looking to get involved, please visit our site for non-student volunteers here.

All volunteers and USC K-12 STEM Center employees will be subject to training and compliance with USC policies for the protection of minors.

Published on January 8th, 2020

Last updated on October 10th, 2022