Why Did We Do This?

For children from families with low incomes, there is a 36 percentage point gap between their aspiration to attend college and their expectation for it to happen. Compare that to a gap of only 14 percentage points among children from families with higher incomes.

We wanted to change that.


By creating Connect With STEM, we hoped to:

  • Create a volunteer network of Connectors willing to transfer their social capital in the service of a school in an underserved community
  • Connect students with a wide range of individuals with a wide variety of careers and an array of journeys taken to reach their goals
  • Introduce students to professions that they could see themselves undertaking in the future
  • Increase a child’s aspiration to want to attend college and pursue a STEM pathway