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Kansas Volunteer Commission seeking applications for STEM mentoring

Posted: Oct 31, 2016
Author: Ann Bush

Funds will strengthen the capacity of mentoring organizations to increase the number of mentors serving Kansas youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

TOPEKA – To help increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors serving Kansas students, the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is offering up to $100,000 in funding.  

STEM jobs in the United States, during the past 10 years, have grown at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Yet, it is estimated that by 2018, there will be 1.2 million United States job openings in STEM fields, with a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them.

Investing in STEM-related mentoring in Kansas will help to spark interest in STEM careers and prepare Kansas youth for a successful career path in math and sciences, the KVC said. Mentoring is a powerful way to transform a student’s vision of themselves, the Commission said. The Kansas STEM Mentoring Initiative will foster a consistent approach to STEM education and allow for organic development of STEM programs matching local strengths, challenges and resources.

WHO MAY APPLY: The following entities are eligible to apply: public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities within states or territories (e.g., cities, counties); labor organizations; partnerships and consortia; and Indian tribes. Organizations who are working to promote and support a STEM) education initiative at the K-12 levels are eligible for consideration. Projects must take place in the state of Kansas.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:
•    Nov. 16, 2016 — Applications are due by 5 p.m.
•    Dec. 16, 2016 — Official notification of awards.

More information about this funding opportunity is available at www.kanserve.org.  

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