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