The United Way of the Midlands Awards $149,469.00 in community investment funds support Urban League of Nebraska Summer STEM Academy for Girls

2014-15 Agency-United Way Grant

OMAHA, NE – The Urban League of Nebraska (ULN) was awarded a $149,469.00 grant from United Way of the Midlands for their Whitney M. Young Leadership Academy (WYA).  Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, the WYA is able to continue offering a summer STEM academy for girls.

The Summer STEM Academy is an 8-week program that exposes 20 underserved high school girls to science, technology, engineering and math careers through hands-on experiments, meeting women in STEM careers and touring local STEM-related companies and institutions.

“We help our girls do something absolutely cool during the summer that also prepares them for a better future,” said Nicole Mitchell, Program coordinator.

Whether discovering how to fly a plane, learning how music is made, building a bridge or making new friends, girls attending the academy learned the importance of taking STEM classes now, so they’re prepared for careers in the future.

“It made me realize that I need to keep my options open when choosing a career, so wonderful opportunities won’t pass me by,” said Mack’Kya Broadway who attended the program this past summer.

There were 2.5 million women with STEM degrees in the workforce compared to 6.7 million men, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Yet, women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce.  The disparity is even higher for women of color who are missing out on high-paying jobs.

“The students are exposed to technical disciplines and learn how to apply those skills in a work environment and career,” said Thomas Warren, President and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska.

Warren’s commitment to providing quality programs like the ULN’s Summer STEM Academy for Girls was recently recognized by the National Urban League with the ” I AM Empowered Award.”  The affiliate received a maximum score on their Performance Assessment, making it one of 15 out of 94 affiliates nationwide with the highest possible rating.

About United Way of the Midlands:

United Way of the Midlands helps the most vulnerable in our community, and works on human service solutions that will benefit our metro area for generations to come. We connect people and organizations with a secure way to donate their financial support and their time, and connect them to a strong network of health and human service programs that help our neighbors build a better life for themselves.  Thanks to all who come together at United Way’s table, we are COMMUNITY STRONG. | www.UnitedWayMidlands.org 

About the Urban League of Nebraska:

The Urban League of Nebraska has been Empowering Communities and Changing Lives in Omaha since 1927.  We empower youth and adults to complete their education and achieve employment in the Omaha metropolitan area.  We change hearts and minds with advocacy across the state.  We are part of a national movement focused on education and youth empowerment, economic development and civic engagement. The Urban League is the largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization in the nation.| www.urbanleagueneb.org

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