January Newsletter

bySTEM From Dance
onFebruary 2, 2023

January Recap

We are one month into 2023, which for us will be a year of immense growth. As we enter the next decade of STEM From Dance, our sights are set on reaching more girls in more cities than ever before, while continuing to develop our programs and celebrate our wins along the way. Keep reading for happenings during this month’s programming, a special announcement from Brooklyn Community Foundation, and upcoming events.

STEM From Dance Partners with Amazon

We partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide programming at five schools. Through our partnership, we incorporated Amazon into our “Step Up with AI” module, led girls on a virtual AWS visit, and hosted four guest speakers from AWS. This partnership allowed girls to see STEM’s real-world applications and learn from one of the most successful and innovative technology companies. This month we celebrated this partnership by hosting parties at each site, including a dance masterclass and a lesson on how AI is used in the real world. We are so grateful to AWS for making STEM accessible to these girls.


Applications for Summer Programming

Mark your calendars because applications to our summer program, Girls Rise Up, officially open on February 6! Girls Rise Up offers an unforgettable three weeks where girls 8-18 years old can explore STEM and dance, create imaginative tech-infused dance performances, and hear from inspirational women in STEM. Our NYC sites will run from July 10th-28th. Dates for our satellite sites vary. The Girls Rise Up application will open on February 6th and can be found at the link below.


We Are Sparking Innovation in Brooklyn

Have you heard? We are one of five Spark Prize winners. Every year the Brooklyn Community Foundation awards $100,000 to each winner to celebrate organizations that demonstrate a commitment to equity and racial justice, creativity and impact, strong institutional values, and a dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond.

We deeply believe in Brooklyn's youth, talent, and potential and are committed to building an equitable future in STEM. We are so grateful for the support and opportunity to empower even more girls of color. Read more about the Spark Prize and our fellow recipients below.


Honoring Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

We had the honor of performing at Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Community Inauguration on Sunday, January 29th in Brooklyn, NY. Jeffries is the Congressman for District 8 and the Leader of the House Democrats. It was an amazing opportunity to celebrate with our community and to put on a tech-infused performance for the changemakers in our city.


Recent Features Highlighting Our Work

Discover Magazine: We were interviewed for Discover Magazine, where we shared how art can illuminate the value of science. Read more to learn how we design programs that create opportunities for women of color in STEM.

Society of Women Engineers Magazine: Check out our feature alongside the Pilobolus dance company in the winter issue of the Society of Women Engineers Magazine. Our Founder & CEO discussed the barriers for girls of color surrounding STEM education and how to make STEM more appealing to students. Read the full article to learn how others like Pilobolus are combining dance and STEM to inspire the next generation of the STEM workforce.

Nonprofit Lowdown Podcast: Make sure to listen to the latest episode of Nonprofit Lowdown, where our Founder & CEO sat down with Rhea Wong to discuss our bold plans for growth and her personal experience with scaling a nonprofit.

Get Involved

Want to bring a STEM From Dance program to your community? Visit the link below to learn about our various forms of programming and how you can get involved!

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