Amgen Rhode Island has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State to launch the first site-based mentoring programme in Rhode Island.
The programme, called Beyond School Walls, brought 20 sixth graders from a local elementary school to Amgen for a 15-week programme.
Each of the 20 students was paired with a volunteer Amgen staff member, meeting every other Wednesday from November through June for one-to-one mentoring.
During the first 12 sessions, students and mentors participated in a hands-on science learning activity, such as extracting DNA from fruit, making a model of how the immune system works or measuring resting and active heart rates.
The programme culminated with an event showcasing the students self-designed science experiments to parents, community members and Amgen staff.