Children in disadvantaged towns fail at alarming rates. Many grow up lacking healthy food, without skills necessary to enter the workforce, and unable to make decisions to help themselves navigate roadblocks that stand in the way of a stable future. Poor families have too few options for reliable after-school care, wellness programs, homework help, or a safe place to go when school is out.
Here's the good news: STEAMpark fills these gaps of care and achievement in at-risk areas with education-based programs steeped in the guiding principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, that go on all year long.
This past summer, STEAMpark stepped in to provide a FREE full-day educational program for all children entering kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grades in the Keansburg New Jersey Public School District, where most young families live below the poverty line. We’re now raising money to keep this critical summer program open for 2020. It provides for about 100 students, with classes taught daily by certified local teachers in reading, writing, math, science, cooking, movement, games, drama, music, and something called “art & altruism”, where children learn to become stewards of the earth. Breakfast and lunch are generously provided for free by Fulfill of Monmouth & Ocean Counties (our local food bank), but we receive no money from the school district to operate this program.
Your support is also needed for two exciting new programs for at-risk children:
STEMgirls! Weekly Workshops
Based on a successful pilot, this girl-centric STEM program will be in three towns in 2020. The idea is simple: girls in disadvantaged communities typically don’t develop STEM skills because they lack confidence, role models and a safe space to learn at their own pace. Girls in this 3-hour unique program build literacy skills, learn to code, and explore science with teen mentors and fun, hands-on projects.
Coders & Gamers Clubs for Elementary and Middle School Students
With the partnership of educators and students from the #1 STEM high school in the nation (High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ), this weekly program debuts next month in three New Jersey towns, offering students safe and productive ways to enjoy technology, learn to collaborate, and build 21st century skills. We’re helping children who consider themselves gamers to develop a passion for building their own games, creatively and safely using technology to build those job skills for the future! These pilots will be both school- and community-based, with intentions of producing a scalable model to expand in 2021.
As a 501(c)(3) public charity, STEAMpark needs donations and grants to stay afloat. We provide our educational programming in collaboration with local churches, schools, libraries and the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, New Jersey. We train and hire community members, teachers and retirees with a passion for making a difference in the lives of children in need. To inquire about a job, program, or volunteer opportunity, send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or go to our website: www.steampark.org.
When you make a donation, you make a difference in the lives of underprivileged New Jersey kids. They deserve a shot at a better future, and right now is the time! Thanks for your kindness and support and best wishes to you for a happy, healthy holiday season filled with love.