Volunteer at Airways Science for Kids

Welcome! Thank you for visiting Airway Science for Kids (ASK) -  Public Volunteer Page through Better Impact! We're excited to help you learn more about ways you can get involved!
ASK Volunteers are vital to our organization and help by:
  • Serving at one of our 3 Training Centers (Portland OR ,Vancouver WA, and Hillsboro OR) and/or offsite locations
  • Assisting youth who are exploring aviation/aerospace curriculum, crafts, activities, and technologies like computerized simulators or drones
  • Assisting at events (ex: greeters, table/activity stations, setup/tear-down crews, food/catering service)
  • Assisting our community partners
  • Assisting in classrooms
  • Assisting with presentations and outreach
  • Assisting with behind-the-scenes staff/administrative/operations duties/tasks (ex: organizing supplies, preparing materials)
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You'll get to choose how you want to help, when you have time, and we'll give you the tools you need to take action. 
  • New volunteers next steps: Look for a follow-up email once your application is submitted
  • Once approved
    • We will set up a time for you to attend a mandatory in-person or virtual interview where we can get to know each other better.
    • We will get you orientated to our facilities, teams, and volunteer opportunities.
    • You will learn things like how to sign up for assignments, schedule and track your time, etc...
    • If you checked certain boxes of interest, you may be asked to:
      • Complete the Volunteering & Direct Engagement w/ASK Youth process and required training
      • Complete a Child Protection and Safety training
      • Become a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and EAA's Youth in Protection training
      • Submit a copy of your driver's license and car insurance


Until then, again, thank you for your interest and valuable time today! 

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ASK volunteers make a difference in our community!

Airway Science for Kids seeks to bring about equitable, creative environments which meet individuals’ needs and capacities to thrive within our communities. By providing equitable aviation and STEAM educational experiences in related environments, we seek to embrace each individual, their family, and communities as well as offer a network of human services on a human level ~ Thus, equity is humanity. We are here to eradicate inequitable environments by embracing our need to serve the underserved and disenfranchised communities and individuals.

- Yolanda Frazier, DEI Consultant


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ASK - About us and our mission

At Airway Science for Kids (ASK) we’re all about kids, aviation, space, drones, robotics, and 3D printing!

Two adult Airway Science Volunteers explaining STEM topics to a group of children in bright green shirts. Historical aircraft on display in background.


Our goal is to introduce children from historically underserved communities to a potential future in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) in ways that are not only accessible but also fun. Right now that means flying drones, playing Kerbal Space Program, using flight simulators, building and programming robots, building planes (both paper and full sized), and more. We want to create a world where kids can see themselves in role models with similar backgrounds, interests, and experiences as them, and to do that we have to start with us. 


You help carry our mission!

To remove barriers for children and youth who have been systematically excluded from STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and careers. Founded as a nonprofit in 1992, ASK engages youth of color and youth who are living on low-incomes in unique opportunities to learn about STEAM through the exciting world of flight. Our founder, Bob Strickland, was a leader in Portland’s African American community who saw aeronautics as a tool to capture the imaginations of youth at critical ages and transitions. Today, ASK’s mission is to create equity through aviation STEAM education. We draw strength from our unique approach to closing the opportunity gap for historically underserved children in the fields of aeronautics and STEAM, from our strong base of community support, and from our culturally responsive board and staff.

Remember with your volunteer help we can provide….
  • Programs to kids who typically don’t participate in STEAM education, such as kids of color, kids living on low-incomes, girls, and other kids who may face barriers; where all kids are welcome.
  • Age-appropriate programs at the elementary, middle-school, and high-school levels.
  • An opportunity for high school students to build a real plane.
  • Our curriculum and technical assistance to groups around the country and the world who are offering aviation STEAM education to kids.
  • ASK serves youth ages 10-21 in acquiring the fundamentals of aviation and aerodynamics and the applied mathematics and engineering that drive them.
  • While open to all youth, ASK strives to increase STEAM exposure to low income and youth of color.