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Best Buy Children’s Foundation awarded grant to SEM Link to support San Francisco Bay Area Program
STEMposium initiative, a partnership with The I.S.I.S. Project, is funded to provide educational opportunities in technology for Oakland teens
The Best Buy Children’s Foundation brings together Best Buy teams across the United States to select non-profit organizations that give teens access to opportunities through technology. The STEMposium initiative connects closely with the foundation’s goal of providing positive experiences that help teens excel in school and develop 21st century learning skills.
“Students in communities of color don’t always have opportunities to participate in programs that expose them to technology and allow them to develop 21st century skills because of the digital divide, inequity in the access to technology and lack of programs in their community,” said Ms. Tokiwa T. Smith, SEM Link Founder and Executive Director. “We are grateful to Best Buy for their support of this initiative to remove barriers that will prevent youth in these communities from becoming a part of the future STEM workforce.”
The goal of this initiative is to expose and engage youth in activities where they will learn about real world application of STEM and engage in STEM career exploration. SEM Link and The I.S.I.S. Project will bring together San Francisco Bay Area academic institutions, community organizations corporation and government agencies to provide educational programs and host special events during out of school time that will allow youth to develop 21st century skills that prepare them for college and career and allow them to be competitive in the global economy.
About Best Buy Children’s Foundation.
As a Company, and through our Foundation, we work with nonprofit organizations to support programs that provide access to opportunities for teens through technology. Our goal is to provide positive experiences that will help teens excel in school and develop 21st century skills which will result in richer lives and a better future. We also work to improve the vitality of local communities through our community grants program, employee giving campaign and disaster relief efforts. Through the Community Grants program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that give teens access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills. This year, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation will give $2.8 million in Community Grants. For more information about foundation, visit www.bestbuy-
About The I.S.I.S. Project
The I.S.I.S. Project is a non-profit organization devoted to improving STEM education in underserved American communities. For more information about The I.S.I.S Project visit their website www.isisyouth.org.
About SEM Link
Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link, Inc. (SEM Link), a tax-exempt national nonprofit organization, founded in 2005 by Ms. Tokiwa T. Smith in Atlanta, Georgia on the premise that exposure to members of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) communities is critical to student achievement and career exploration in math and science. Our two core programs, Experimental Design Program and Math and Science Career Academy, enhance the STEM educational experience for K-12 students by providing them opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM activities, explore STEM careers and learn about real-world applications of STEM. Since our inception we have served thousands of youth in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington DC Metro Area. For more information about SEM Link visit our website at www.semsuccess.org