TROY, N.Y., Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The STEM Next Opportunity Fund today announced a multi-year grant to the New York State Network for Youth Success as part of the Million Girls Moonshot. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage 1 million school-age girls in the United States in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences. The first year New York grant, just awarded, is for $55,000.
The New York State Network for Youth Success plans to use the funds to help afterschool programs in the state provide STEM education. The Network will utilize this funding to support training of trainers across New York State in Click2Science, to expand the number of afterschool professionals focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). The Network is also working to connect STEM hubs and STEM ecosystems with our 15 Regional Afterschool Networks.
"The Million Girls Moonshot arrives at exactly the right time for youth in our state," said New York State Network for Youth Success Executive Director Kelly Sturgis. "The pandemic-driven reliance on virtual learning is a reminder that STEM is the wave not just of the future, but the present as well. Afterschool programs have developed a strong track record on STEM, giving children the sleeves-rolled-up, hands-on experiences so critical to learning in this area. We plan to build on that expertise, and are deeply grateful to STEM Next, the Intel Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for their generous support, now and over the years."
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