The Science Research Mentoring Program is designed to support high potential low-resourced youth to work with Museum scientists conducting authentic science research over the course of the year. The unique intellectual merit of this program is that the youth must go through preparatory coursework that is co-taught by educators and scientists that gives them the skills, deeper content and familiarity necessary to join the lab ready to contribute. The alumni of the program appear to have better science and math grades, are more likely to do science research at the college level and are choosing STEM careers. Alumni of the program gain a more authentic understanding of the life and work of scientists and of scientific research. Originally funded by ITEST, it is now in 14 other sites in NYC reaching 300 youth annually.