It’s no secret how much Boys & Girls Clubs of America has positively impacted kids’ lives for generations. Even legendary actor Denzel Washington never misses a moment to share how grateful he is for the organization, and supports it with his time and resources to this day.
One area of concentration for Boys & Girls Club is science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In fact, since 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with Samsung Electronics to deliver technology, customized curriculums and new learning spaces that enable youth to explore and learn about STEM.
Now, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has extended their partnership with Samsung to engage even more kids and teens in STEM subjects through the DIY STEM afterschool program.
Developed to prepare tomorrow’s leaders for an increasingly STEM-focused future, the partnership will help shape great STEM experiences for Boys & Girls Club members across the country, while simultaneously developing a cadre of Club professionals to facilitate the DIY STEM program. This program serves as the entry-point for all Club members’ STEM learning experience and connects youth to science themes they encounter regularly.
“Most of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some education in STEM topics, so it is critical that we provide opportunities for kids and teens to find passion points in these subjects,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are grateful for Samsung’s continued support in helping us bridge the academic achievement gap and encouraging youth to discover and explore the science, technology, engineering and math they encounter in their daily lives.”
DIY STEM engages Club youth ages 10 to 18 in different elements of STEM each week. The project-based STEM program is a key component of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s engineering pathways, and it provides youth opportunities for critical thinking and peer exchange. The program includes five modules: Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Aeronautics and the Science of Sports: Football.
“At Samsung, we are committed to inspiring youth’s interest in STEM and enriching their lives in a way that makes a real impact on our youth and the larger communities we serve,” said Gregory Lee, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics America. “We share Boys & Girls Clubs’ same passion and dedication to helping young people realize their dreams and explore future careers in STEM fields.”
Samsung’s partnership with Boys & Clubs of America will bring the DIY STEM program to 25 Clubs and train 150 Club professionals in 2017. Ultimately, the collaboration is aimed at helping Boys & Girls of America reach the goal of engaging 50 percent of members in STEM programming by 2020.
DIY STEM Program
If your child is not a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, now would be the perfect time to get them involved! You can learn more about the DIY STEM program and other program offerings, and find a local Boys & Girls Clubs of America in your area by visiting the website. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.