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Boeing Company to Invest $30,000 in STEM Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs
Bridging the Gap for STEM diversity and inclusion among female and underserved youth.
November 7, 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah, – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake is pleased to announce the award of a $30,000 grant from The Boeing Company to inspire kids’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepare young people for 21st century success. Through their investment in these programs the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake deliver programs that increase the diversity and inclusion in STEM engagement among at-risk and underserved youth including minorities and girls.
“We are pleased to partner with Boeing in this effort to help all our kids succeed,” says LeAnn Saldivar, President and CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake. “Our Clubs are already a place where kids learn to grow and thrive in a safe setting and together with Boeing we can offer these critical educational programs to youth who may not have full access to develop the skills that help prepare them for tomorrow. In our Clubs, youth – especially minorities and girls – are free to explore and experiment in a setting that encourages trial and error without the risk of academic failure.”
Funds from this grant will be used to implement STEM programs in 8 locations across Salt Lake, Tooele, and Carbon County – including the use of telecommunications and distance learning technology to ensure that kids in even remote rural locations as well as the digital desert of Salt Lake’s Westside River District have access to engaging, hands-on activities in science, engineering and math. Youth who participate will develop skills like teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving among other technical skills that help prepare them to be successful in higher education and the workforce.
“We are thrilled to find that Boeing shares our values of investing in our youth and that our missions align in solving the issues they face together,” said Saldivar. “As we continue to work together with our community partners we can bridge the opportunity gap and digital divide that exists for our kids and put them on a path for a better tomorrow for all of us.”
Media inquiries and interview requests should be made to Amanda Ree Hughes, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-810-2667.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Every day, nearly 100,000 Utah kids are left on their own after school/ Boys 7 Girls Clubs give these kids a safe place to go during these unsupervised hours. Founded in 1967, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake is the largest and oldest Boys & Girls Club organization in Utah and provides a safe place for over 1,500 kids each day and 7,500 kids annually at 12 locations across Salt Lake, Tooele, and now Carbon counties. Our Clubs are affordable for all kids and provide youth with caring adult mentors and life-enhancing programs. Great Futures Start Here. www.GSLClubs.org 801.322.4411.
About The Boeing Company:
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with our strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning as well as workforce and skills development, and supporting our military and veteran communities. In 2017, Boeing and its employees contributed more than $167 million to improve communities across the globe.