Pursuing neuroscience in high school can be confusing, but the IYNA’s mentorship program was developed to make this process easier. High school members of the IYNA will be paired with undergraduate, graduate, and professional mentors, who will help them fulfill their own educational and career goals. To learn more about the Mentorship program and join as a Mentee or Mentor, see here.
Pursuing neuroscience in high school can be confusing, but the IYNA’s mentorship program was developed to make this process easier. High school members of the IYNA will be paired with undergraduate, graduate, and professional mentors, who will help them fulfill their own educational and career goals. To learn more about the Mentorship program and join as a Mentee or Mentor,see here.
Currently, there are very few opportunities to study neuroscience before entering universities. The Modern Youth Education, Leadership, and Inquiry in Neuroscience (MYELIN) initiative is a student-led project which seeks to change this by developing a high school neuroscience curriculum. We hope to develop a classroom-ready course which will introduce students around the world to the wonders of the brain. When finished, MYELIN will be available for free to all teachers and students.
The IYNA Journal is the world's biggest youth neuroscience journal. It is a bimonthly publication written, edited, and published entirely by student members of the IYNA. Our journal not only encourages writers to develop their scientific comprehension and communication skills, but also provides an excellent educational resource to readers.
IYNA chapters are groups of students, generally centered around schools or local communities, working together to explore their interests in neuroscience. They are supported by National Chapter Networks, which represent various countries and territories.
The resources team compiles and produces resources which will make it easier for IYNA members to pursue their passions for neuroscience. The resources we post include introductory neuroscience guides, online course lists, internship lists, competitions and scholarships, and professional and lab guides.
The Web Development department is responsible for all aspects of the IYNA Website Network, which includes the IYNA website, the International Brain Bee website, and the NeuroAuth website. This team is a great way for high-school and undergraduate students to develop valuable real-life experience with modern technologies and processes for a future in software development.
Founded in collaboration with Hip Hop Public Health, the Hip Hop Stroke Ambassador Program gives IYNA members in high school and above are able to use their neuroscience knowledge to educate their community about stroke. Ambassadors volunteer to connect elementary schoolers in their area with the Hip Hop Stroke education program. This offering is currently only available to IYNA members in the United States, though the program is currently pending a global release.
In collaboration with the International Neuroethics Society, the IYNA runs the high school portion of the annual Neuroethics Essay Contest. The contest aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and postdocs early in their academic careers. Contest winners are recognized at the INS Annual Meeting and receive a free 1-year INS student membership.
We collaborate with our partners on various projects, programs, and initiatives. If your organization is interested in partnering with the IYNA, please email us at email@example.com or file a support ticket.
The International Brain Bee (IBB) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Norbert Myslinski. Since its inception, the organization has inspired thousands of students to study and pursue careers in neuroscience through its annual neuroscience competition. Together the IYNA and IBB educate and empower students to pursue their passions in neuroscience.
The International Neuroethics Society (INS) is a group of scholars who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience. The mission of the International Neuroethics Society is to encourage and inspire research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science. Together, the IYNA and INS host the high school portion of the annual INS neuroethics essay contest.
Hip Hop Public Health (HHPH), a 501(c)3 organization focused on closing the “engagement” gap between public health communication and urban life. In collaboration with the International Youth Neuroscience Association, HHPH hopes to expand the reach of Hip Hop Stroke. Hip Hop Stroke 2.0 is a multimedia programs that teaches pre-adolescent children important stroke concepts through music and cartoons. Participating children are then motivated to share stroke information with their parents and caregivers.
At the IYNA, we firmly believe that full transparency is the best way for nonprofits to operate. Therefore, we strive to be as open as possible about our operations, providing a variety of financial and legal documents for open examination. Some personal data, namely addresses, has been redacted. If you would like access to a document not listed here, or have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 501(c)(3) Determination Letter from the IRS certifies that we are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, further categorized as a 509(a)(2) Public Charity. Form 1023-EZ is the application form we filed to obtain tax exempt status. The Certificate of Incorporation is the document we filed with the Delaware Secretary of State to become an incorporated legal entity.
The IYNA Bylaws are our legal governing document, dictating how the IYNA is run. Its purpose is to protect the interests of the IYNA and our mission. Our bylaws are reviewed each year by the IYNA Board of Directors.
Our policies are secondary governing documents that provide operational guidelines for our organization. As with the bylaws, their purpose is to protect the interests of the IYNA and our mission.
The IYNA Board of Directors meets regularly to be updated on and discuss the current state of affairs of the IYNA. At these meetings, minutes are recorded and made available here so that our staff and the public can be kept up to date.
The IYNA Board of Directors formally votes when an action is to be taken. These votes are recorded and made available here.