Changing the Game in STEM with Family Engagement

A collection of white papers for STEM field leaders, practitioners, funders and more to empower families.

Parents are vital players in raising youth’s awareness of the value of STEM and in brokering their participation in activities that build STEM competencies.

STEM Next Opportunity Fund is committed to ensuring that every child – especially girls, youth of color, kids in low-income communities, and youth with disabilities – has access to STEM experiences and the social capital that lead to greater opportunities in academics and careers. We believe family engagement is a game changer and offer this white paper to raise awareness of its importance and amplify promising practices.

Executive Summary

Young people – particularly girls and young people from underrepresented communities – benefit when families encourage them to pursue STEM. Yet families are often unsure about what they should do, and many STEM-focused organizations do not have the resources or know-how to engage them effectively. This guide is intended to raise awareness and build knowledge to increase grantmaker support for practice, research, and policy solutions to better support families and address the race, gender and income gaps in STEM.