Thank you for your interest in the FUTURES program! FUTURES is a STEM outreach program that empowers community college faculty, staff, students, and alumni to connect with their local community through sharing their personal stories.

Meet the storytellers!

This program is currently taking place via Zoom.

Due to COVID-19, the FUTURES program is taking place virtually with 7 community college campuses and participants from 15 counties in North Carolina. See below for a map of our active locations.

Map of FUTURES sites and participants







We will expand to all 58 community colleges by 2025!

Selected FUTURES participants will receive:

  • Workshops that help hone their skills in science communication and storytelling
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to network with professionals and connect with their community
  • A modest stipend
  • Swag

This program consists of the following commitments:Virtual FUTURES Workshop

  • Complete two two-hour workshops
  • Complete at least one consultation
  • Develop a personal story
  • Participate in at least one virtual or in-person outreach event
  • Complete program evaluations

FUTURES is here to help support pre-existing events at community colleges by supplying support and trained science storytellers that will be able to promote the college.

Examples of outreach events:

  • Open house
  • Student recruiting events
  • Special events such as induction ceremonies
  • Classroom visit
  • Science fairs
  • Science nights
  • Science Cafés
  • A two-part special event where students can meet the FUTURES scientists and then conduct experiments with scientists

Depending on the location, this program will take an estimated two months to complete. Most participants complete this program within a semester.


Contact FUTURES at FUTURES@email.unc.edu if you have any questions.

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FUTURES is made possible by the generous support of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.