A Rutgers-Newark after-school STEM program for grade school and middle school children that will also train local college students to work with them received a grant from the Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer in the U.S.
The $40,000 grant will support the Promise Youth University Earth and Life Science Academy of Newark, a component of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. The program will be housed at the Thirteenth Avenue Elementary School, which serves students in grades 3 to 8.
“Funding is a continued challenge for out of school time programs offering high quality out of school time programming. This grant from Bayer Fund will allow Promise Youth University to offer professional development for program staff and certified teacher, in addition to supplies and technology to offer enriching STEM opportunities,’’ said Charles Payne, Director of Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies.
Funding will also enable the academy to train local college students to facilitate weekly learning modules, developed by Smithsonian for Science and a local content specialist. The curriculum is built to strengthen youth’s ability to apply foundational scientific principles to real world challenges.
Promise Youth University Earth and Life Science activities align with Next Generation Science Standards, supporting youth to meet grade level performance expectations on state assessments. STEM exploration workshops, events, and learning excursions offer expanded opportunities to engage with STEM concepts, and improve students’ attitudes toward science and technology, engineering, and math.
“Through Bayer Fund’s giving, we’re enabling and strengthening organizations that are working to make real, sustainable impacts in their local communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “Programs like Promise Youth University Earth and Life Science Academy inspire future generations for careers in the high-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field, and we’re proud to provide our support.”
In 2022, Bayer Fund awarded more than $13.4 million to over 2,700 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in Food and Nutrition, STEM Education and Health & Wellness. Since 2017, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received nearly $90 million.
About the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies
Since it was established in 2000, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies has been a signature component of Rutgers University–Newark’s commitment to be an anchor institution for the metropolitan area. Cornwall brings the campus’s intellectual talent and other resources to bear on the challenges of revitalizing Newark and similar communities in the region and state. It is especially concerned with supporting the most vulnerable urban populations.
About Bayer Fund
Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer in the U.S., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education, and health and wellness projects. For more Information visit https://www.fund.bayer.us.
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