Become a State Leader

Apply to become a state leader to disseminate Leap into Science to underserved communities in your state!  

Leap into Science is scaling nationally through a train-the-trainer model. We are looking to establish state leadership teams of 2-3 partnering institutions who collectively meet the following criteria:

  • Capacity for training informal educators in science, literacy, and/or out-of-school time programming

  • Institutional capacity for outreach across the state

  • Access to informal educators who serve rural and urban communities in your state

Benefits for State Leaders

Each partnering institution most nominate one individual to participate on the state leadership team. Benefits include:

  • Become a leader in your state for disseminating high-quality science and literacy programming

  • Evidence-based curricula and kits of materials

  • Professional development on leading successful trainings in science and literacy programming

  • Travel and lodging to attend the National Leadership Institute in Philadelphia

  • Access to a national network of informal institutions committed to science and literacy outreach

  • Ongoing technical assistance through project community calls and webinars

  • Receive annual $3900 stipend per team to recruit educators, lead trainings, and support implementation of Leap into Science in your state

Expectations for State Leaders

Every state leader will:

  • Participate in National Leadership Institute

  • Attend monthly project community webinars

  • Contribute to project evaluation and research efforts through surveys and interviews

  • Each year, recruit new informal educators from urban and rural areas of your state to participate in trainings

  • Each year, observe two or more Leap into Science youth or family programs happening in your state.


At least one state leader on the team will:

  • Each year, schedule, plan, and lead trainings for a total of 60-90 educators in your state

  • Each year, lead quarterly calls with trained educators in your state