Funded by the 49ers Foundation, Chevron, and other collaborative partners, through a six-year program, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute’s Chevron STEMZONE takes academically talented students and provide tools for them to be outstanding. The Institute prepares them to engage in scientific research, impactful community-changing projects, or become entrepreneurs – putting them on the path to enroll in a top-tier university with a STEM major. Much like a football coach identifies athletes based on potential to succeed and their ability to be coached and molded into a football player, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute identifies students who show the potential to succeed academically and who, with a little guidance and resources, can truly excel and grow into being a leader in STEM. Students commit to the STEM leadership program and participate in program-related classes during the school day, after school and during the summer. This includes academic services and leadership development to prepare them for admission to top-tier universities and STEM majors. The program focuses on four main areas: 1) academic excellence, 2) leadership development, 3) task commitment (through increased risk-taking, determination, and initiative), and 4) creativity (through development of curiosity and imagination). Housed at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, each year, the middle school Institute program will recruit rising 7th-grade students from Santa Clara Unified School District who show academic promise or who are highly motivated to succeed. In 2016, the program will expand to Santa Clara High School where a four-year program will be integrated into a state-of-the-art Chevron STEMZONE. Core features of the program include a robust hands-on learning component to solve real-world problems. Through the education Chevron STEMZONE fabrication lab (or “Makerspace”), students have the opportunity to explore, discover, build, and engineer their own projects. Students compete in local and national STEM competitions, such as the Tech Challenge and various robotics competitions. Students have role models and mentors to guide them in their growth. In high school, students will have the opportunity to shadow mentors and participate in internships and fellowships at research institutions or in companies with a strong STEM component.
The 49ers Academy was founded in 1996 to serve 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students from East Palo Alto by working directly with the most disenfranchised student population, and identifying and removing barriers to their success in school and life.
FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)
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Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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Center for Youth Wellness
The Center for Youth Wellness is part of a national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine, created to respond to an urgent public health issue: early adversity harms the developing brains and bodies of children.
City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley
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