Malcolm X once said, “Education is the passport to the future.” When I was young, the importance of education was greatly emphasized in my household because neither of my parents received a college education. They have always wanted me to have a career I enjoy and not just a job to pay my bills. However, advanced science subjects, specific writing classes, and typing were not offered at my public primary school. Luckily, I have always been fortunate enough to have parents who could expose me to these STEM subjects and supply me with the tools I needed to pursue my passions; but, I know there are kids out there who are less fortunate. Project STEMinist is designed to give young girls in under-represented schools and regions access to technology and the opportunity to explore science, computer programming, and math. Everyone should be exposed to these fields of study and have the opportunity to bloom and innovate. I have created STEM kits to deliver to public primary schools in Los Angeles and to give to young girls interested in STEM because I think having access to STEM can shape a child’s future. The kits contain a varied supply of materials to expose young academics to different careers in STEM and new skills. Students in need can receive anything from anatomy coloring workbooks and coding classes to iPads and grants for tutoring. All kits also contain inspirational figures of all backgrounds for students to learn about and look up to as well as my email for them to reach out for additional resources.
There are lots of underprivileged kids, specifically girls, who want more exposure to science skills, and I have many goals to help inspire them. Beyond assembling kits, I want to interact with kids at school and teach classes, such as typing, at public schools in Los Angeles. I also want to create a group of professionals in different STEM fields to mentor young girls. My goal is to work with students in underserved Los Angeles public schools, girls who are in foster care, and families in ICE border detention centers. I am currently working with a foster care resource center and coordinating with local schools to distribute my kits, and I am thrilled to partner with such amazing organizations!
*All kit materials are funded by fundraisers and include donated items. Project STEMinist is a global initiative run by high school students.
Kits for Low-Income Communities