Technical Outreach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H)

Technical Outreach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H) is one of NSBE’s signature programs. It is NSBE’s community service initiative with the aim of using our technical backgrounds to positively impact the community.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with your communities as well as partner with your local collegiate chapters to implement T.O.R.C.H. programming. It can be as simple as collaborating in a community service event.

As Professionals, we are always looking for ways in which we can make an impact on the organization and support our Signature Programs and here is one of them.

Below are examples of ways in which you can get involved. There is also more information available on the T.O.R.C.H. website.

Links to the toolkit can also be found via the website.


Program Components:

T.O.R.C.H. is an umbrella program of NSBE which encompasses outreach activities that impact non-NSBE members and NSBE members alike, especially pre-college youth in Black community. Although increasing membership may be a result of these activities, T.O.R.C.H. programs seek to provide services ahead of promoting membership.

T.O.R.C.H. programs are divided into the following branches:

STEM Community Training – Formal classroom style education in STEM fields aimed at both youth and adults.

Informal Engineering and Science Education - casual outreach activities, targeted at youth, which aim to show how science & engineering can be fun.

A Walk for Education – A single day outreach activity aimed at encouraging youth to be better prepared for higher educational opportunities in STEM fields, and in general.

Technical Expertise Services - Using our technical skills to provide a direct service to the community.

Traditional Community Service Activities - Any other type of community service: food & clothing drives, volunteering at a shelter, etc.


Remember, October is T.O.R.C.H Month and again an excellent way to engage our collegiate members in joint programming.


For additional information, please feel free to contact the National T.O.R.C.H. Chairperson at torch@nsbe.org or the Region III Collegiate Initiative Chairperson at r3pebci@nsbe.org.