We are glad to announce that our long partnership with GSK continues through a $60,000 STEM Equity grant for 2022. The funds will support Explore STEM Philly classroom presentations at PEF’s six College Access Program (CAP) high schools. In addition, PEF will host a one-day “STEM is Everywhere” conference for 150 students and STEM professionals.
Explore STEM Philly brings STEM professionals into classrooms to introduce students to STEM-related careers. Students learn about the paths they followed and what courses are important to take in high school and in college. This year’s Explore STEM Philly program is expected to impact 1,200 students from neighborhoods across the city.
Studies show that career interventions for Black and Latinx youth in high school increase STEM interest in college. About 80% of students participating in the College Access Program identify as Black and/or Latinx, and 58% identify as female. Students have the support of the CAP Coordinators to help define them and support their college and career plans after graduating high school.