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You can be it if you see it: Your support is key to guiding kids to STEM

Many students struggle to imagine themselves in a STEM career.

That’s why we are asking for your help today – to make a special year-end gift to give students the chance to learn from, and be inspired by, STEM professionals from a similar background. STEM leaders like Nayem.

During his early years, Nayem’s exposure to STEM subjects was limited and he only developed a passion for science as an undergraduate.

Today Nayem, a PhD student, has returned to the South Bronx elementary school he attended as a kid to give current students the opportunities he didn’t have through the After School STEM Mentoring Program (ASMP).

“I’m giving back to the community I grew up in,” says Nayem. “Growing up in the South Bronx, I feel that if students had the opportunities and the exposure, it could have a big impact on their lives.”

“It is especially rewarding to see the switch that happens several weeks into the program, in students who may not have been very engaged at the beginning,” Nayem says. “You see you’re making a tangible change.”

Please donate today to help more students work with STEM leaders from similar backgrounds and build the essential skills that can help safeguard our health and life on our planet.

Please donate today to help more students work with STEM leaders from similar backgrounds and build the essential skills that can help safeguard our health and life on our planet.

Why 1817 Heritage Society Members support the future of the Academy through a will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy:


“I support the Academy so that young scientists can have the same nurturing environment I enjoyed, so that they can see new opportunities and meet people from all aspects of STEM.”

– CAROLYN J. FOSTER, PHD



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This article was written by a member of the Academy staff.



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