Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $2,000,000)
The Clubhouse Network (TCN) proposes to implement Project IMPACTS 4.0. The purpose is to effectively prepare youth from underserved communities to overcome obstacles and pursue purposeful and prosperous futures in the STEM fields. TCN provides a safe, creative out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their interests, create projects using innovative STEM technology, and build technical and foundational skills that lead to meaningful careers in the STEM fields. Project activities include intentional relationship development amongst Clubhouse youth, mentors, and families; family engagement events and communications that empower parents/caregivers to support their child in attaining their career goals; STEM activities, events, and conversations that expose youth to STEM and help them build technical and foundational skills; and projects that encourage youth to express and celebrate their identities as diverse youth in the STEM fields. Expected outcomes include youth developing a network of support that will encourage their persistence in the STEM fields; youth being prepared to enter the STEM fields as a result of college and career readiness exposure and immersion; and youth of diverse backgrounds cultivating their STEM identities and feeling a sense of belonging in the STEM fields.