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To increase the number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders who are economically disadvantaged or historically underrepresented through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs. We intend to accomplish this mission through partnerships and alliances with K-12 school districts, universities, corporations and our committed volunteers.
African Americans and Latinos account for a mere 7% of the nation’s workers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, although they represent nearly 28% of the population. Many African American males lack adequate academic preparation in math and science in their K-12 academic experience. Others face additional barriers that include rising costs of college tuition and few role models in those fields.
Founded in 2007, the Young Men in Charge Foundation, Inc. (YMIC) opened its doors in West Chester, PA with the goal of increasing the number of young African-American and Latino males in grades 5 - 12 who pursue a degree - and ultimately a career - in the science, technology, engineering, math and law fields (STEM/L).
YMIC’s program combines academic resources with hands-on experience in an after-school setting, featuring: weekly tutoring and mentoring sessions, monthly job shadowing opportunities, robotics and science fair competitions, academic summer camps, scholarships and college tours.
In 2014, YMIC expanded its programming to include female participants, and is now referred to as the Young Men and Women in Charge Foundation, Inc. (YMWIC).
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