Good news for the MN 4H Foundation…
Urban 4-H STEM Clubs Provide Middle School Youth with Opportunities to Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
SAINT PAUL, Thursday, September 1, 2016 – The Minnesota 4-H Foundation received an $11,000 AT&T donation today to support its Urban 4-H STEM Clubs that provide underserved middle school youth with opportunities to explore the exciting careers available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. The AT&T donation was presented to the 4-H Foundation during an event at the Minnesota State Fair.
The $11,000 AT&T donation will support the Urban 4-H STEM Clubs, which help youth explore STEM careers, imagine their futures in higher education, and set and achieve educational goals together with their peers, program leaders and parents. The goal is to ignite interests in learning about STEM, while preparing youth for higher education.
“Through our Urban 4-H STEM Clubs, our mission is to expose students to the exciting careers that are possible in STEM fields by connecting them directly with faculty and students in STEM fields at the University of Minnesota,” said Jane Johnson, Executive Director of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. “We are excited to receive this AT&T contribution to support this program and promote STEM education among local youth.”
Students participating in the Urban 4-H STEM Clubs solve practical and scientific engineering problems by learning how to ask questions, imagine solutions, plan things out, create new ideas, optimize designs and improve practices. Youth also engage in a sequence of activities that equip them with the mindset and personal leadership skills needed to pursue higher education and careers.
“AT&T Minnesota is committed to helping advance the education of our young people, particularly in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota. “We are proud to support this program and help underserved youth experience the variety of careers available in the STEM profession.”
Throughout the program, youth develop a portfolio that captures their growth over time and present it at public showcase events. Each summer, youth also participate in a University of Minnesota campus immersion program where they learn about student life, explore academic interests, identify the steps toward college readiness, and meet faculty and students in STEM fields.
“The 4-H STEM Club is a fantastic program that not only encourages student exploration and imagination, but also exposes young people to the diverse careers available in STEM fields,” said State Senator Dan Sparks. “It is great to see local companies like AT&T stepping up to support programs that help underserved youth prepare for success in college and the workplace.”
The Minnesota 4-H Foundation was created in 1980 to generate private funds to create and deliver the finest youth development programs in Minnesota. The nonprofit supports 4-H programs at the state and regional levels and in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Since 1904, 4-H has been open to boys and girls from all backgrounds starting in kindergarten through one year past high school.
As a company, AT&T has a long-standing commitment to helping advance education through donations to local education organizations and through the AT&T Aspire program. One of the nation’s largest corporate initiatives, AT&T Aspire is committed to helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have given nearly $87 million nationwide to support STEM initiatives since 1995. Projects supported by AT&T contributions range from STEM scholarship programs and science and math-focused summer camps for at-risk youth, to hands-on technology labs and elite robotics competitions at the nation’s leading universities.