JerseySTEM is a grassroots 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ("STEM") education to pre-teen and teenage girls and underserved children in New Jersey. We partner with socially responsible companies and their employees, youth organizations in underserved communities, and civic-minded college students and universities. Together we develop and deliver innovative, hands-on, and online afterschool projects and inquiry-based learning opportunities that develop teamwork, 21st-century problem-solving skills, and self-esteem.
Incorporated in 2013, JerseySTEM started bringing afterschool enrichment programs to middle school girls in 2015. We have since provided 1,000 students with exposure to afterschool enrichment programs delivering more than 20,000 hours of instruction. Students learn to code, build robots, solve problems and through that process gain self-esteem and confidence that they can be the leaders of tomorrow.
I am loving my experience with JerseySTEM. I am given tasks that I enjoy doing. And it makes me proud to be part of this organization when a group of young students, who are being coached by our volunteers, just recently won a competition.
Lack of clear functions and processes around HR. Rapid turnover and discontent due to micromanagement and competing priorities that do not align to organizational bandwidth. Compliance issues present ethical concerns as well.