Role Models & Mentors Inspire Career Awareness

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Role models and mentors inspire career awareness and increase youth interest in, positive attitudes toward, and identification with STEM (Maltese & Tai, 2010). 

Research demonstrates that career role models are particularly effective in engaging youth from underserved groups (Bell, Chetty, Jaravel, Petkova, & Reenan, 2017). 


AdamV. Maltese RobertH. Tai (2010) Eyeballs in the Fridge: Sources of early interest in science, International Journal of Science Education, 32:5, 669-685, DOI: 10.1080/09500690902792385
Bell, A., Chetty, R., Jaravel, X., Petkova, N., & Van Reenen, J. (2019). Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 134(2), 647-713.


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