STEM Next Opportunity Fund
STEM Next Opportunity Fund aims to ensure that millions of underserved young people have access to high-quality STEM learning experiences and eliminate the gender gap in STEM careers. Our focus is on the after school hours between 3 PM and 6 PM, a vital time for youth to explore their interests in an informal environment with mentors and supports. Out-of-school time also represents a prime opportunity for our work to tackle the deep-seated learning equity challenges that are holding back so many of America’s young people.
STEM Next is a uniquely situated funder. We do not fund the direct costs of STEM programs. Instead, we work with STEM organizations on the deeper systemic challenges that limit their growth and impact, including: (1) building organizational capacity through training and professional development, in STEM-specific and general youth-serving organizations, (2) supporting groundbreaking research, and (3) producing tools, resources and convenings that empower peer funders, policymakers, and education leaders.See more