Two Fundamental Shifts in Society Point Toward the Need.
COVID-19 has transformed education, work, and social environments to technologically savvy spaces that allow for continuous growth, development, and connection and led educational entities, including First Star, to discover productive ways to shift learning models to rely solely on technology as the basis of providing teaching and learning. Immersion in technology is required as this shift is occurring globally.
A cultural awakening has brought attention to the institutional racism that has permeated American society since its inception. The Black Lives Matter movement examines and actively identifies solutions to the inequities Black Americans have endured for centuries. Pervasive counter-productive systemic beliefs have resulted in Black and Brown lives experiencing significant education and wealth gaps, health disparities, higher incidences of police brutality/death, incarceration, homelessness, indigence and higher incidences of placement in the child welfare system. These effects are felt even more by those in the foster care system.
Through the First Star National STEAM Academy, We Will
- Support cognitive growth and propagate a sense of connectedness with foster youth nationwide
- Affirm and validate the experiences of our Black and Latinx foster youth by empowering these scholars to embrace STEAM
- Bring high-intervention education program to more foster youth
- Uplift foster youth to become leaders of change in their communities, their state and their government by ensuring job security
- Shift thinking from shrinking job fields to growing job field and increase their earning potential – gauge interest in steam before and after