Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to partner with the Day of Cyber program. “We believe the Day of Cyber supports BGCA’s STEM strategy by helping create awareness and excitement in youth who are currently not getting the access and opportunities they need to thrive in STEM,” stated Edwin Link, National Vice President BGCA. In the video interview Dr. Damon Williams, Senior Vice President of Program Training and Youth Development Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America discusses the importance of role played by out-of-school time providers like themselves.
Many underrepresented youth aspire to academic and career success. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of both interested and adequately prepared K-12 students in STEM subjects, especially among minority youth and young women. Research has shown that after school and summer learning programs actually advance STEM knowledge and increase interest in STEM-related careers.
As the nation’s largest provider of out-of-school programming, Boys & Girls Clubs of America have created, and are implementing, their iSTEM strategy – a cross-disciplinary approach which channels young people’s natural curiosity into the design process inherent in the arts, empowering them to create new solutions to real-world challenges. The Day of Cyber program is a perfect fit for this strategy.