Verizon invests 100K in K-12 Feeder Pattern initiative through C-STEM partnership

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(Last Updated On: January 29, 2020)

Houston, TX, January 15, 2020 – Verizon awarded a $100,000 grant to C-STEM Teacher and Student Support Services, Inc. to provide STEM education and drive innovative solutions to inspire today’s students to become the creators of tomorrow.

Verizon’s partnership with C-STEM builds on the organization’s work in underserved communities where its programs teach students, regardless of their age, to acquire an entrepreneurial mentality and supports them in garnering the STEM skills needed for success in jobs of the future.

Verizon’s funding aims to inspire tomorrow’s creators to create a better future for themselves, for their communities, and for the world. C-STEM will utilize funds from this grant to support the implementation of its proprietary C-STEM Challenge Feeder Pattern Initiative with 2 feeder patterns, a combination of 6 elementary, middle, and high schools in the Greater Houston community. This opportunity will enable C-STEM to expose students to skills-building in automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, coding, innovation, and art.

“Verizon remains steadfast in its commitment to bridging the digital divide in underserved communities in order to improve social mobility,” said Remmele Young, Verizon State Government Affairs. “Our mission is to broaden students’ opportunities, for both study and work, to widen prospects across their career trajectories. We are proud to partner with C-STEM to help increase students’ abilities to make informed decisions about global and personal issues that arise in their unique personal lives.”

Participating C-STEM Challenge Feeder Pattern Initiative schools will receive in-depth teacher training, curriculum guides, toolkits and technology resources. Selected schools will have demonstrated need based on geography and demographics of the student population served. C-STEM further hopes to connect these students to efforts underway within Houston’s Innovation District, and a yet to be developed Urban Center for Innovation.

“Public education is deeply divided at the neighborhood level and depending on your zip code. For lower-income communities, there is a significant lack of STEM education resources, which leads to gaps that limit students’ abilities to take advantage of economic opportunities,” said Dr. Reagan Flowers, President, and CEO of C-STEM.

“Students on the wrong side of the social divide continue to miss out and fall behind; therefore it is incumbent upon community organizations like C-STEM to serve as the bridge in closing the gap.,” added Dr. Reagan Flowers.

The deadline to apply for a C-STEM Challenge Feeder Pattern Scholarship is February 21, 2020, C-STEM is encouraging elementary, middle, and high schools to consider applying for a scholarship to create STEM pathways for students in their neighborhoods. Advocates should quote tweet to the @CSTEMORG twitter handle highlighting school feeder patterns, using #CSTEMChallenge and/or register feeder pattern teams via www.CSTEM.org, The selected C-STEM Challenge Feeder Pattern teams will be showcased through the Tech Counsel at the Texas Black Expo June 13, 2020, at the George R Brown Convention Center.

The student presentations will shine a spotlight on Verizon’s continued social investment in STEM education, workforce development, and education innovation. For more information on C-STEM, email us at lhurley@innovativemarketinggroup.com.

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