Igniting Innovation

Advancing strategies & approaches that advance youth outcomes in STEM

We know it takes a grassroots and a grasstops approach to make opportunities a reality for all kids.

That’s why we support local ideas and strengthen connections to ignite innovation in all 50 states.

Our years of experience in the field bring a deep knowledge of context and need, enabling us to scale ideas and target investments to high-need demographics and places.

Children gathered at a desk

It’s quality in and quality out. We are looking to take out-of-school STEM to the next level.”

Ellie Mitchell, executive director of the Maryland Out of School Time State Network

Imagine Science

A powerful collaboration, managed by STEM Next, of four of the nation’s largest youth-serving organizations—Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc., the National 4-H Council, and the YMCA of the USA—joined forces to launch a shared mission -to build excitement and confidence in young people from low-income communities in pursuing STEM careers.

This unprecedented partnership leveraged organizational strengths and today is working in eleven communities nationwide serving over 40,000 under-represented youth.