Thanks to an innovative after school program, Bronx students are getting early exposure to STEM careers for young citizens.
At the Bronx Writing Academy in New York City, the nonprofit Citizen Schools started apprenticeships in STEM subjects. Kids are learning about coding, personal finance, robotics, and forensic science from professionals in those industries via an after school program for one semester. They can take two apprenticeships, each meeting once a week in STEM related topics.
Low income student have the opportunity to meet professionals in fields that they would not have access to in their schools or private lives. Knowing the people working in the fields enables them to know if they would like to pursue that career.
“It’s hard to envision yourself as an engineer if you’ve never met one,” said Maria Vosberg, a deputy director of development at Citizen Schools.