Launched at the 2013 White House Science Fair, US2020 is a national initiative that aims to change the course of STEM education in America by dramatically increasing the number of STEM professionals engaged in high-impact STEM mentoring with youth that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. High-impact STEM mentoring is defined as being led by STEM professionals, sustained for at least ten hours, experiential, and measurable and data driven. The City of Philadelphia joined US2020’s national STEM mentoring movement in 2014 after being selected as one of seven winning cities (out of a field of 52) in the US2020 City Competition. US2020 PHL is the mentoring arm of STEMcityPHL, where we have developed the following high-impact STEM mentoring programs:
Game Camp is an eight week pilot program matching STEM professionals from Skyless Games, an educational video gaming company. Mentors will assist students with creating their own video game while working with the video gaming software Stencyl. The program will culminate in an opportunity to showcase their project and network with local gaming professionals and other STEM professionals.
The LGBTQ STEM Project is an eleven week work readiness program in partnership with the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth center, and YHEP, a comprehensive program offering health services to adolescents and young adults. STEM professionals will assist students with job preparation related tasks including resume writing, cover letters, professionally-drafted emails, and completing online job or college applications.
The Urban Farming Project will be an after school mentoring program for K-8 students attending Dr. Ethel Allen School, a district school in North Philadelphia. Students will come together to plant fruits and vegetables, learn the factors that promote growth, types of equipment to use, and how to process and store their produce through mentorships with community members and volunteers from Repair the World Philadelphia.
STEAM Scholars is a series of workshops in partnership with District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund and Roxborough High School. This program pairs STEM professionals with high school seniors to support in specialized career paths and this program will follow the student into college.
US2020 3rd Annual STEM Mentoring Awards
With the continued leadership from co-founding sponsors, Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services, US2020 is excited to launch the 3rd annual STEM Mentoring Awards (SMAs). The 2017 SMAs will feature five exciting categories, each focused on highlighting a critical strategic focus needed to build an impactful STEM mentoring movement. The SMAs will culminate with our third annual STEM Mentoring Symposium, held in Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building on October 10, 2017. For more information about the SMAs, visit us2020.org/sma.