Our mission is to provide black girls from the Greater Boston area with the tools, resources and knowledge to become the next generation of STEM leaders.
A Vicious Cycle
There is a dire need to increase STEM diversity within major corporations and industries that have innovation platforms. It is projected that more than 9 million STEM jobs will be available between 2012-2022. However, according to the U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, despite the increase of STEM jobs in the United States, the education-to-employment pipeline is not producing nor investing in enough talent to meet the future employment needs of the United States.
The STEM Pledge
Obama made a pledge in 2011 to have STEM be the main focus in educational attainment, providing over $850 billion dollars to STEM learning while making an initiative to hire at least 1 million STEM workers by 2022. Still, it has become increasingly clear that recruiting more women and minorities is essential for continued growth and creativity in these innovative platforms.
Boston public schools provide resources to more than 56,000 students in 125 schools. More than half are female high school students who are more likely than students nationally to be interested in STEM. With this in mind, our intended audience is a Boston public school student in their 11th grade year willing to make a 4-year commitment to the program and who have a 2.0 GPA or higher in their math and science classes. Most importantly, they have to be passionate about STEM.
sySTEMic flow's Pillar of Success Model
STEM careers provide exciting opportunities for breaking the norm and offering upward mobility and economic security to women and minorities. At sySTEMic Flow, we plan to expose Black women in Boston to the opportunities STEM offers while they are in high school and throughout college. SySTEMic Flow aims to empower women of color to purse degrees in STEM while helping them confront a variety of challenging interactions and experiences they will face in this industry. SySTEMic Flow’s enrichment classes and skills-focused seminars tackle both academic and social aptitude so our students can utilize these competencies outside of the classroom setting.
sySTEMic flow’s long-term impact is to increase STEM diversity and have women of color be the forefront leaders in these industries and improve economic opportunities for minority women. The program serves to supplement girls with access to prerequisite courses in their STEM track and connect them with other leaders in the field. This program will give our students the educational tools that will open doors to collegiate and employment opportunities in the STEM field.
Help fund our pilot program
Starting in November 2018, sySTEMic flow will launch its pilot phase with 5-7 Boston public high school female students every Saturday from 10:00am-12:30pm. This program will run until June 15 for a total of 22 weeks. The estimated operational cost of the pilot program is $25,000. The pilot program is free to all students and features a reduced program structure that will be implemented for three years before increasing organizational capacity as a nonprofit organization. This will help us to gather data on the efficacy of our theory of change model and identify and improve the strengths and challenges of the program.
During the first several months of our program, we will provide students with an overview of mathematical concepts and topics they need to know and understand before we begin the Calculus I course. We will do this by evaluating our students’ math level using an assessment tool developed by our organization. This will help us determine which topics/concepts in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus to review with our students. Then, students will move into Calculus I where they will utilize math programs such as MATLAB and Java, which are commonly used at universities. Throughout this time, students will apply for internship opportunities/summer programs to combine what they’ve learned in the classroom with projects at research labs or corporations. Throughout the program year, sySTEMic flow will host socio-emotional and career development workshops with professional women in the STEM field, which will also be opened to the Boston community.
The sySTEMic Team!
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of sySTEMic Flow. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.