Funding will increase number of STEM mentors serving Kansas youth
The Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC), in partnership with Kansas Mentors, recently announced nearly $110,000 in funding to six Kansas mentoring organizations through the 2017 Kansas Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Mentoring Initiative grant competition.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM jobs in the United States, in the past 10 years, have grown at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs. 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.
STEM mentoring is a type of mentoring that matches youth to STEM professionals, helping to move those youth through the education pipeline, from early childhood through k-12 and college and ultimately into the workforce.
“STEM mentoring not only exposes youth to the myriad of career opportunities in the STEM field, but can also get them excited about STEM education and what they are learning in the classroom”, said Jessica Noble, executive director of the KVC.
The Kansas STEM Mentoring Initiative grant is part of the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF), a grant awarded to the KVC from the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the seventh year that Kansas has been awarded the VGF grant.
In the first six years of the VGF initiative, the KVC awarded nearly $750,000 to volunteer-connectors and community organizations. This funding served as a vital investment in developing and strengthening the volunteer infrastructure of the state.
Kansas Volunteer Commission
2017 Kansas STEM Mentoring Initiative Grant Recipients
PROGRAM COUNTIES SERVED
Basehor-Linwood Unified School District 458 Leavenworth
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Douglas
Communities In Schools of Mid-America Butler, Crawford, Finney, Ford, Shawnee
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Crawford, Douglas, Ellis, Riley, Sedgwick, Shawnee
Olathe Public Schools Foundation Johnson
United Way of Franklin County Association Franklin
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