Morehouse Launches Successful Summer STEM Program That Puts Teens On Path to New Careers

Morehouse launches successful summer STEM program that puts Atlanta-area teens on path to new careers. This is a free, five-week program which continues over the course of three years and teaches valuable skills in STEM. 

“This program has helped me to see how Black men are coming in to be successful in any field they choose and how [nonwhite] people are not represented well in [the] STEM field,” Mayson said of the effort at Morehouse, which has bolstered the focus on STEM, according to SMASH CEO Eli Kennedy. “This program has taught me that it doesn’t matter your skin color, you can pursue any dream you want, including stem field.”

 

The Stats
In 2002 6.1 percent of black men received a degree in STEM 10 years later it only jumps to 6.2 percent in 2012, according to data from the National Science Foundation. Career-wise, the NSF found Black men represent just 3 percent of the science and engineering workforce, yet they make up 6.2 percent of America’s population age 18 to 64, according to the 2010 census.

SMASH aims to change that.
Site director Brian Garrett believes brotherhood was a natural component of the program because of its location at a HBCU, which hosted SMASH’s first-gender specific program in its 13-year history.“We are all brothers,” said Smoot, who attends South Atlanta High School and plans to major in political science.”We’re not just friends — we’re closer. We’ve learned to hold each other accountable. It’s amazing to see how we grow together. We’re always there for each other and rooting for each other.”

Read full article at the Atlanta Black Star

 

 

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