Family Resources, Inc. Awarded $40,000 for STEM for At-Risk Youth Project

Sarah Tisinger


Family Resources, Inc. Awarded $40,000 for STEM for At-Risk Youth Project

Davenport, IA – On August 1st, 2016 Family Resources was awarded a grant in the amount of $40,000 from the Alcoa Foundation. “Thanks to the Alcoa Foundation, 125 of our at-risk youth will have the opportunity to participate in activities that will inspire their interests in science, technology, engineering and math.  Their participation will strengthen our future workforce and help build a stronger Quad-City community,” said President, Mary Macumber Schmidt.  

Family Resources goal is to help each student see the potential they have within and to inspire them to set goals of their own; helping to create a strong future workforce, and eventually, a stronger Quad-Cities community. The title of the project is "STEM for At-Risk Youth." This project will be a collaborative effort between the agencies various programs serving youth. 

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) has committed to provide the educational instruction for the STEM sessions.  Youth will participate in a series of sessions that will occur during the summer months and during school breaks.  EICC will facilitate instruction on STEM related activities during these sessions.   It is the intent that at least 85% of youth participants will report an increased interest in science, technology, engineering and/or math and 75% of youth participants will report an increased interest in pursuing a career related to science, technology, engineering, and/or math.

“This project aligns with the Alcoa Foundation Education focus area and the Quad City Chambers recently announced Q2030 Regional Vision,” said Rob Woodall, Alcoa Manufacturing Director, Family Resources Board Member and QC Chamber Board Chair. “A strong workforce creates a strong economy with an attractive tax base, high quality schools, healthy families and a decreased dependence on social services and government programs. It is important to prepare the next generation of workers and ensure that they are proficient in science, technology, engineering and math so they are prepared to enter the workforce.”  

For more information on the array of services offered by Family Resources please visit www.famres.org.

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Nisha Ladlee│ Community Relations Manager                   
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