Strengthening STEM in Afterschool (Strengthening STEM) is designed to set a foundation to fundamentally expand the capacity of afterschool programs to provide STEM programming.
Through Strengthening STEM, PASE aims to redefine what STEM looks like during out-of-school time and to make afterschool STEM programs successful and sustainable field-wide.
PASE plans to work with 10 youth-serving organizations, who have demonstrated an investment in incorporating STEM into their youth development programs, in order to strengthen their organizational STEM identity and capacity to serve youth with high-quality sustained and consistent STEM services. Combining professional development, site-based coaching, and resource sharing, the Strengthening STEM program will focus on understanding and enhancing the elements critical to sustained high quality STEM services.
Over the last four years Strengthening STEM developed a core group of afterschool leaders into STEM “Master Trainers" and provided afterschool staff with the tools, resources and skills that will to help them choose appropriate STEM curricula, and directly lead STEM activities. The Strengthening STEM program worked with 46 Master Trainers from 31 afterschool sites serving over 5,000 youth.
Strengthening STEM is supported by The Pinkerton Foundation and the Voya Foundation.