At the 2013 White House Science Fair, President Obama issued a call to action, illuminating the need to engage more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals as mentors. US2020 answered that call with their City Competition, which challenged communities to develop plans to increase the scale and quality of mentorship between professionals working in STEM and students underrepresented in those fields.
The overall goal is to match 1 million STEM volunteers with students participating in high impact programming by the year 2020, creating moments of discovery for the next generation of STEM professionals.
52 cities across the U.S. applied, and 7 winning cities were selected to lead this movement.
Indianapolis is one of them.
The US2020 City Network is a group of city-based coalitions born from US2020's 2014 City Competition. As a Network, they are experimenting with new strategies for increased impact, pioneering learning communities to accelerate each other's work, and feeding a national groundswell of momentum around STEM mentoring.
The cities that make up the City Network are:
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Boston, MA
- Indianapolis, IN
- Philadelphia, PA
- Research Triangle Park, NC
- Silicon Valley, CA
- Tulsa, OK
- Ventura County, California
- Wichita, KS