City of Indianapolis US2020 Initiative
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, CA
- Wichita, KS
TechPoint Foundation for Youth has taken the lead on implementing the US2020 plan in Indianapolis. With the support of our Guiding Coalition partners, we are recruiting STEM professionals to work with vetted, high-impact programs in order to significantly increase STEM mentoring opportunities for girls, minorities, and low-income youth.
TPF4Y has partnered with the STEM Education Research Institute (SERI) at IUPUI to help facilitate the evaluation procedures we use for students, volunteers, school facilitators, etc. Please find our Year 1 and Year 2 evaluation reports below.
We worked with our founding corporate partners, as well as the superintendents of each of our school districts, to decide on the schools and community center sites we support with US2020 programming.
The following organizations are partners of the US2020 initiative in the city of Indianapolis and serve on the local Guiding Coalition, which is comprised of a knowledgable base of STEM partners.