Partnership for After School Education

Taking Root: 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.

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Strengthening STEM in Afterschool Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Applications Due: September 21, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: by October 5, 2018

This innovative professional development program, funded by The Pinkerton Foundation, is designed to strengthen organizational STEM identity to institutionalize STEM throughout youth-serving organizations. 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.

What Agencies Receive

  • 4 session professional development series led by PASE and a team of STEM expert consultants on topics such as planning for STEM, building staff STEM identity and knowledge-base as well as STEM content facilitation
  • Site visits and coaching tailored to meet the program’s STEM capacity building needs
  • Resource Exchange to connect with STEM resources and consultants
  • Executive Leadership Roundtable discussion on STEM investment with agency leadership, funders, and STEM content experts
  • A stipend of $500 for STEM-related materials and programming

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.