2016 Volunteer Generation Fund Recipients

2016 GRANTEES

Basehor-Linwood USD 458
Serving Leavenworth County
Basehor-Linwood USD 458 will be implemented a program for students K-12, community members and teachers to discover how science, technology, Engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and projects can be used to empower students through the use of STEM.  The program will encourage/challenge students to prepare for the 21st Century careers and beyond. A Makerspace will be created that will encourage mentors from classrooms and community to help support the discovery of STEM careers.  By using mentors and a 21st Century Makerspace the program will be able to help challenge students to think outside the box through the use of discovery and exploration.  The Makerspace will support theGoogle 20% Projects in our Career and Technical Education Pathways at the high school and be used as a tool to recruit mentors to help students.
 
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
Serving Douglas County
The Boys & Girls Club STEM Mentoring program will pair caring adults from different community partners with students in STEM Clubs in the after-school program.  Mentors will be recruited and trained to provide planned STEM activities during Club times.  Both students and mentors will work together to complete tasks and project through STEM kits and additional curriculum.
 
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc.
Serving Crawford, Douglas, Ellis, Riley, Sedgwick, Seward and Shawnee Counties
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (KSBBBS) will serve 70 at-risk youth in seven locations across Kansas by partnering with local universities/community college STEM departments and STEM corporations for the recruitment of mentors and the delivery of STEM education opportunities.  The overall goal is to further develop our STEM model to include a more innovative, solution-seeking strategy that will not only improve educational outcomes, but will also introduce youth to STEM professions that are projected to experience employee shortages over the next decade--especially careers within the science and engineering fields.  KSBBBS' approach to reaching this goal is to implement the STEM Activity Guide and also develop a staff and mentor training component to better equip those who are working directly with the youth.
 
Olathe Public Schools Foundation
Serving Johnson County
STEM Connection is a multi-tiered mentoring program connecting low income (Title 1) middle school girls with high school girls, university and professional women all studying or working in STEM fields.  It is literally Girls Mentoring Girls Mentoring Girls!  The mission of STEM Connection is to encourage and inspire girls to nourish their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) throughout middle school and into high school, college and beyond.  During face-to-face mentoring sessions, high school girls will lead engaging and hands-on STEM activities, as university and professional women mentors work alongside their middle school mentees and participate in the activities with them.  This dynamic collective of "girls" will come together sharing stories, collaborating on designing, building and problem-solving and most importantly, cultivating relationships.  E-mentoring will be used to further facilitate relationship building outside of the face-to-face meetings.  
 
United Way of Franklin County Association
Serving Franklin County
United Way of Franklin County Association (UWFCA) persuades employees from corporate partnerships to volunteer to use their STEM training and experiences to mentor and tutor youth (STEM United Youth Project mentors are required to have STEM careers, degrees or certifications).  The project goal is to encourage STEM academic achievement and foster STEM career interests in Franklin County youth.  UWFCA will expand the United Youth Project model KVC supported in 2015.  Expansion will include more STEM mentor programs, tutors and one-to-one mentors.  UWFCA will recruit, interview, screen, train and place STEM professionals in appropriate mentoring roles.  UWFCA will work with member agencies to identify youth in need of STEM mentors and will partner with agencies to conduct mentoring program oversight.