Last year, 84% of teens attending our Clubs planned to go onto a 4-year college. However, across Philadelphia, only 25% of public school students enroll in college. Of those who do enroll, only 10% earn a degree. Within the STEM field, there will be 9 million STEM-related jobs in 2022. 95% of STEM workers have a postsecondary education and training, larger than any other field of work. Additionally, STEM related fields are among the fastest growing industries, with a growth of 17% from 2008 to 2018.1 Furthermore, within the entire U.S. STEM workforce, minorities account for only about 20% employees, primarily due to the lack of resources and preparation within schools.
of Philadelphia’s 4th graders are proficient in math2
of Philadelphia’s 4th graders are proficient in science2
Since 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia’s STEM Learning Labs program serves over 900 youth from grades K-12 within all 18 Club locations. The objectives of our STEM Learning Labs programming are to introduce youth to STEM Learning in a hands-on, engaging manner, ensure that youth have the knowledge and resources to pursue advanced STEM courses in higher learning, and increase participants’ knowledge and interest in STEM careers. BGCP offers a wide array of STEM programs to accomplish these goals including:
“I really liked the STEM program this year. I don’t really like science in school, but at the Club it was fun. We made rockets that really took off and did fun exercise stuff to learn about our bodies. I learned a lot about different jobs that need STEM and I think when I grow up I want to make rockets. I really like STEM and hope we do it again.”
Tyjirah, Northeast Frankford Club
Sea Research Foundation
22015. National Assessment of Educational Progress: Philadelphia