Colorado Afterschool Partnership Joins Nationwide Effort to Close the Gender Gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Tech and philanthropic leaders launch collective impact initiatives to work with afterschool programs in Colorado and nationwide to increase diversity and equity in STEM.
The STEM Next Opportunity Fund today announced a multi-year grant to the Colorado Afterschool Partnership. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage 1 million school-age girls in the United States in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences.
The Colorado Afterschool Partnership (CAP) will use the funds to help afterschool programs in the state provide STEM education. CAP will collaborate with STEM partners statewide to develop a culturally responsive communication protocol and resource distribution system to increase the number of girls and students from underrepresented populations engaged in STEM opportunities.
To support programs as they pivot to meet students’ needs during the pandemic, the Million Girls Moonshot is providing the Colorado Afterschool Partnership and other state afterschool networks with technical assistance, educational resources, access to Intel’s She Will Connect partners and mentorship from STEM experts including Intel employee volunteers.
Learn more at https://milliongirlsmoonshot.org/
About STEM Next Opportunity Fund
STEM Next Opportunity Fund is the legacy organization of the Robert D. Noyce Foundation and is dedicated to bringing high-quality STEM learning to millions of young people and closing the gender gap in STEM careers. As a national leader, strategic guide, policy advocate and investor, STEM Next is bringing about a transformative expansion of high-quality and inclusive STEM learning opportunities. By investing early in the lives of our children, we are transforming their lives and preparing them for the 21st century economy. Learn more at https://stemnext.org/.
About the Colorado Afterschool Partnership (CAP)
Colorado Afterschool Partnership works to foster statewide partnerships that improve outcomes for all children and youth, through high-quality, expanded learning opportunities such as those found in afterschool and summer programs. Learn more at http://www.coloradoafterschoolpartnership.org/.