The T.D. Jakes Foundation, a global nonprofit that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, workforce preparedness and job training will host a first-of-its-kind virtual STEAM summer academy.
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STEAM Academy 2020 is a five-week summer program open to Dallas County students, ages five to 16, that aligns with separate efforts from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Dallas Regional Chamber to create a continuum of virtual learning programs to connect students with skills and opportunities to compete in the 21st century workforce.
“Unfortunately, school closures have a disproportionate effect on lower-income communities,” said T.D. Jakes, founder and chairman of the foundation. “Now more than ever, we must find innovative ways to increase awareness of our young people to the skills and careers of the future. I am proud to partner with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Dallas Regional Chamber to support our most vulnerable communities and ensure all children have an opportunity to dream.”
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A no-cost program aimed at lower-income, underserved communities, STEAM Academy 2020—which will run from the week of June 15 to the week of July 13—will include three-to-four hours per week of online activities provided by Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes learning platform, an award-winning, research-based national leader in PreK-12 STEM curriculum, in conjunction with STEAM content provided and sponsored by corporate partners such as home healthcare technology provider Axxess, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, the Beck Group and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
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