How to Apply

How to Apply


is a FREE after school program for New Haven and West Haven public high school students. The recruitment and application process takes place in August and September of each year, and all freshmen and sophomores are eligible to apply, and we hope that students will remain in the program through their junior and senior year.

Who should apply?

Any 9th or 10th grader in a New Haven or West Haven public school who is interested in science, wants some help preparing for college, or just needs something productive to do after school is invited to apply. We do not make selections based upon grades- we look for students who will be enthusiastic and dedicated to the program, and those who will benefit most from the services we have to offer. This is not a program that parents should sign their child up to do. We are looking for young adults who are serious about applying and who have a strong desire to participate. We are especially looking for students who will be first in their family to go to college.

What does the program offer?

If accepted, you will be assigned to a class that takes place one day per week from 3:30-5:30 (but you can come over anytime after 2:00). During class we do science trivia, SAT practice, learn about college and careers, and do hands on activities and museum exhibit projects. We also have free tutoring services, SAT practice and college essay writing workshops, monthly events where we play games, eat pizza, and network with college students, and an annual 3-day out-of-state college trip.

After one year in EVO, you can apply to work in the Sci.CORPS Youth Employment Program, where after 75 hours of community service, you can earn a paid position as Museum Interpreter. After two years, you can apply to do a paid summer lab internship with a Yale professor. Some of our graduates even work with the program during college.

How do I apply?

Applications can be found on this page between August 1 and September 15 of each year. You will be required to provide contact information for you and your parents/guardians, provide your grades from the previous school year (transcript not required), answer 7 essay questions, share your weekday availability, and provide 2 teacher references. Applications are available through an on-line survey, or through a paper application.