May 27, 2021
Job opportunities for graduating teens abound in the fields known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Boys & Girls Clubs across America aim to engage kids in STEM education, to raise awareness and opportunities, particularly for youth who are underrepresented in these fields. As part of this initiative, during out-of-school time this past summer, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club engaged Club Members in these areas by touring local STEM facilities where they had an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities highlighting these areas of expertise. Club Kids visited Illini Motor Sports, where they learned about race cars, Jumps Labs on University of Illinois campus, which provides students with opportunities for collaborative research and easy access to University labs, equipment and services. Club Kids also visited FlightStar Aviation & The Parkland Aviation Institute, where they learned about the foundation and concepts of planes and jets. Club kids had a phenomenal experience stepping into the world of opportunity that awaits them in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Encouraging kids to dream of their future in any of these fields is an essential part of laying the foundation for success in areas where minorities are underrepresented. Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club embraces the belief that every Club kid, given the opportunity, has the ability to think like a scientist, to be an inventor, an airplane pilot, or an engineer. Working to support Club kids in developing the necessary skills to achieve their dreams is fundamental to our Mission.