Our Mission

To provide comprehensive support that enables disadvantaged students, beginning in high school and continuing through college, to succeed in their STEM coursework, pursue STEM degrees and participate in STEM careers.

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About Us

AmeriCorps Excellence in STEM (ACES) is based out of Wolfson Campus and offers small group, and one-on-one tutoring to support high school and college students to help them succeed in their STEM classes.

Members commit to 1 year of service and are paired with a site coordinator to target the students who are facing challenges in STEM courses and provide them with tutoring services. In addition to tutoring and mentoring, members participate in several STEM projects throughout the year that focus on environmental sustainability, education, and community development. We are currently partnered with Miami Jackson Senior High School, Miami Beach Senior High School, and iTECH at Thomas A. Educational Center.

Commit to 1-2 Semesters of Service and earn a Scholarship!


  • Must be at least 17 years old with parental/guardian consent
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident
  • Completion of subject courses with a grade of "B" or higher or pass a competency test
  • Must demonstrate leadership skills, take initiative and work well in team settings
  • Must commit to completing 300 hours of service beginning either in June (Summer and Fall) or in August (Fall only), and ending in December.
    • Summer & Fall Service: must commit to approximately 12 hours/week.
      Application deadline: June 21st 2019.
      Start date: June 10th-July 1st
    • Fall Service only: must commit to approximately 16 hours/week.
      Application deadline: July 12th 2019
      Start date: August 5th 2019
  • Entering into service is contingent on passing these background checks: a national criminal history background check, an FBI background check, a local background check, and clearance through the national Sex Offender database (www.nsopw.gov)

Member Benefits

  • Service-Scholarship of $ 1,290.00 (Segal Education Award)
  • Bi-weekly living allowance
  • President's Volunteer Service Award
  • Eligibility to defer student loan(s)
  • Eligibility to apply for food stamp assistance
  • Over 50 hours in training, professional development and networking opportunities

Visit the official AmeriCorps program page for more information

Join as a Volunteer

Joining as a volunteer is different from applying for an ACES membership. Volunteers are individuals who enjoy helping others and desire to make a difference in their community. Though volunteers may not be able to commit to as much as 300 hours (12-16 hours/week) within a year, they are still willing and ready to offer their assistance with whatever free time they have.


Benefits of being a volunteer

Though volunteers do not share in the ACES membership benefits, they do enjoy a few perks of their own. Every person that signs up to volunteer benefits from the following:

  • President's Volunteer Service Award (see requirements)
  • Network with community organizations
  • Gain real world experience

How do I decide between being a member and being a volunteer?

You may want to volunteer if:

  • You are not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • You cannot commit to serve 300 hours (12-16 hours/week)
  • You are younger than 17 years old
  • You are not strong in any STEM subject

If you would like to join as a volunteer, complete the following application and send it to sriveras@mdc.edu or drop it of at Wolfson Campus Office 1503.

Volunteer application (PDF)

Services and Opportunities

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