Mentor, prepare & inspire young women & underserved communities,
to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)
"The STEM Advantage program enables its participants to pursue a degree in a STEM field, gain real world experience and receive critical mentorship along the way. At Toyota, we support STEM Advantage because it gives students opportunities they otherwise would not have and we are able to bring some amazing STEM Advantage participants to the Toyota team. "
- Zack Hicks, Group VP & CIO, North America, Toyota Motor Sales USA
Graduating an increasing number of students from underrepresented communities with STEM skills is our top priority. STEM Advantage was established in 2012 by a group of business, technology and talent acquisition executives in Southern California who want to do their part to address the critical need for student support in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
Women, African Americans and Latinos comprise only 20 percent of the STEM workforce, yet are projected to make up 70 percent of the total workforce by 2017. By focusing resources toward these underrepresented communities, we hope to support and inspire a population of students who may otherwise never consider a STEM field. Using a three-pronged approach, we combine financial, experiential and directional support in the form of paid internships, scholarships, and one-on-one mentorships to promising STEM scholars. In addition we provide Career and Personal Development workshops.
We launched the program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, a highly diverse, urban university that serves the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Their undergraduate enrollment – 55% Hispanic, 20% African-American and 70% women – matches are target population. Also 59% are low income students. We serve over 300 students and to date have selected 18 STEM Advantage Scholars, who are junior- and senior-level undergraduate students earning a bachelor’s degree in a computer science program, many with an emphasis on homeland security.
The program has been successful by all measures. We plan to grow and scale the program to serve significantly more students and universities. In Fall 2014 we expanded to include California State University, Los Angeles (“Cal State LA”) to double the number of students we serve.
We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, donors, mentors, and internship companies for helping STEM Advantage Scholars realize their potential and graduate with less student debt.
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