It’s that time of year again! We are less than 30 days away from participating in the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, taking place May 18th – 20th at The Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2016 conference marks the third year of bringing together a network of experts, advocates and change-makers who are proactively addressing filling jobs and advancing the future of the STEM workforce. The 2016 session aims to zero in on tangible results, real successes and collaborative strategies with proven outcomes in an effort to increase progress. We are honored to have been invited back again as a supporting partner!
On another note, while we aim to develop our students academically and professionally, we also aim to develop students that are civically conscious. This month, our students participated in the Fight for Air Climb, a community outreach event with the American Lung Association. These events are held in prominent skyscrapers and other buildings across the country, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb multiple flights of stairs for charity!
So, you might be thinking, how does this tie to the mission of The Gifted Foundation i.e. producing marketplace leaders from low-income communities across America? Well, a huge part of what we aim to instill in our students is the value of advocacy, generosity and service. While volunteering at the event, our students were able to understand the need to advocate for causes they believe in along with seeing a healthy infrastructure in place regarding how to invite the community to join forces for a cause. For many of them, this will translate long term in them building community and advocacy around specific causes that matter to each of them. We hope they will leverage the experience and the skills acquired to one day create a metaphorical “Fight for Air Climb” of their own. Their lives will never be the same!
Finally, in the next 30 days, we look forward to sharing with you the return on the investments you have made in our students. From full scholarships to college commitments throughout the country, we are sure you will want to celebrate the achievements of the 2015-16 cohort. As always, we appreciate your support and thank you for your belief in our work.
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