Over the summer, Manual students founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called STEM + Youth. STEM + Youth, or STEMY for short, gradually expanded from a club called the Manual Science Review, which helped Manual students conduct their science fair projects. Officially founded two months ago, STEMY is the result of club members’ desires to change lives by engaging all local students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
STEMY team members are on a mission to foster curiosity, learning, and innovation in the local community by engaging students of all backgrounds, genders, and means in STEM education. Through their programs, they aim to break established gender and ethnic barriers in STEM fields.
On Thursday, September 14th, STEMY will participate in Give for Good Louisville, an online day of giving hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville. Funds from Give for Good Louisville will be used to run STEMY’s programs during the 2017-18 school year, including STEMY Academy, a two-pronged, long-term elementary school workshop initiative designed to cultivate scientific curiosity and critical thinking skills in local middle school students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. This program aims to spark passions for STEM and encourage students to pursue STEM throughout school and into a career.
During Give for Good, donors can make tax-deductible donations by searching for STEMY on the event’s website (giveforgoodlouisville.org). Individuals or organizations who donate $200 or more to STEMY will be listed as a sponsor on STEMY’s website, newsletter, scientific journal, and all other STEMY publications for the next year.
STEMY is an up-and-coming organization run entirely by passionate Manual students (and former Manual students) dedicated to using STEM as an avenue to make tangible local change. All donations of any size to support STEMY will translate to a huge impact in the community.