This month, the presidents and CEOs of some of the nation’s oldest and largest youth development organizations attended a meeting convened by the Noyce Foundation and facilitated by me. At the meeting we discussed whether it was possible for us to collectively increase the number and diversity of students who are interested and literate in science, and who are inspired to pursue STEM jobs and careers.
The answer was a resounding “Yes!”
We have set forth on a course to imagine what it would mean to America’s youth and to the nation’s future well-being if each of their organizations made a commitment to act collectively to achieve what none of them can achieve acting alone. In the months that follow we will establish a Working Group comprised of representatives from each of the organizations and they will meet regularly to develop the principles that will guide the collective effort. Ultimately, they agreed to a set of principles that I believe can fundamentally transform their ability to reach more of America’s youth in ways that are cumulative and compelling.