The EVOLUTIONS (Evoking Learning and Understanding through Investigations of the Natural Science) Afterschool Program is a free, hands-on science, career, and college prep program at the Yale Peabody Museum for New Haven and West Haven public high school students. Established in 2005, EVO has grown to serve 100 area students each year through weekly classes, weekend employment, and summer internships, along with field trips, special events, and support through college.
Through peer mentoring and training provided by Sci.CORPS (Science Career Orientation and Readiness Program for Students), EVO students work as science educators in paid positions in the Museum, learning communication and work skills as content creators, exhibit interpreters, and event leaders.
EVO is a long-term commitment. Students in 9th and 10th grade are eligible and, once accepted, remain through graduation. They attend weekly afterschool classes during the academic year, but can participate year-round through internships with Yale Peabody Museum scientists and the Sci. CORPS Youth Employment Program.
Through its EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program, the Yale Peabody Museum has strong partnerships with New Haven and West Haven Public Schools. All students can receive high school academic credit and earn community service hours.