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Adante Carter, STEM Academy student

Brian Carter knows how important it is for his son, Adante, to get a good education. Half of Kentucky’s African American males score below the basic level in math, and he doesn’t want Adante to be one of those. To provide a challenging environment and prepare Adante for a rewarding career later in life, Brian enrolled him in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy.

United Way of the Bluegrass partnered with First Bracktown Inc., University of Kentucky, Fayette County Public Schools and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation to create the STEM Academy. Adante and 39 other middle school males attend weekly out-of-school programming with STEM focused activities.
 
And, it’s working. Seventy percent of STEM Academy students have improved their overall grades. These amazing results prove all children can succeed in school.
 
“Any program that supports the future of our children is important,” says Brian. “Having a program like this is beneficial to both the kids and society as a whole.”
 
The STEM Academy educates, motivates and activates the potential for excellence in African American males.
 
The program is built on the belief that by investing in the lives of our young African American males, we can make a difference in our communities and prepare a generation for a better and brighter future. Academy participants meet every Saturday, receiving sessions focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Special attention is given to developing the whole child – their academic, behavioral, social and emotional development is top priority.
 
Expectations for Academy students are high. They must attend Saturday Academy each week, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and must show constant improvements in grades and behavior, limit TV and video game usage to one hour per night, read 60 minutes each day or one book a week, turn in all homework and classroom assignments promptly, participate in community service, attend school regularly and on time, be groomed daily and maintain good conduct at home, school and in the community.
 
For more information on the STEM Academy, contact Nathan Thompson at nathan.thompson@uwbg.org.