BENEFITING: PROJECT EXPLORATION
Brothers4Science (B4S) is a year-round after-school program that combines science exploration with leadership development for middle school minority boys. B4S is a youth science program that PE relaunched last fall. The Brothers program seeks to provide hands-on science education to a demographic that is vastly under-represented in the field of science: young men of color. Last year Frederick Funston hosted B4S in and in previous years Ariel Community Academy, Mollison Elementary School, and Emmett Till Elementary have also hosted the program. The goals of Brothers4Science are to: • Create a safe space for boys to explore science and develop leadership skills; • Introduce minority boys to the wide variety of roles played by minority men in science; • Improve boys’ overall attitudes about science by developing team-building, communication, and leadership skills. Weekly 2-hour sessions are held after school from October –June, and led by a PE STEM Facilitators, STEM-focused students from area colleges and universities. They are joined each week by a guest STEM Professional who leads an engaging hands-on science activity and shares their personal journey and career path in STEM. Topics are drawn from the boys’ interests, and have included engineering, astronomy, forensic science, and computer science. The session ends with the participants reflecting on lessons learned in the Reflection of Knowledge, a culminating event that showcases their experiences for the school community, friends, and family. Cost of the program is $25,000 per year and is usually covered by a combination of public/private donations, grants and corporate sponsors. We are currently seeking support to help us continue Brother4Science at Funston Elementary located in Logan Square, donate today!