Donation to Help Provide More Resources and Development to STEM Educators in St. Louis
Teach For America (TFA) St. Louis announced today it received a grant for $150,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to develop and support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educators in St. Louis city and county.
“We’re committed to ensuring that all students in St. Louis receive an excellent education. Knowing that STEM skills are essential to empower the next generation of innovators, we’re excited to provide our students' STEM teachers with access to more high-quality resources and development,” said Elizabeth Bleier, interim executive director of TFA St. Louis. “We’re very grateful to Bayer Fund for continuing to invest in this critical work and in our students’ futures.”
Teach For America has a network of 600 corps members and alumni in St. Louis, and the majority of them work in education in low-income communities and communities of color, unified in their commitment to equity for all children. TFA invests in the continued learning and leadership of their alumni, who are working collectively to create change in education for St. Louis’ students. The grant will support alumni who are experienced STEM teachers so that they can coach and develop early-career STEM teachers and increase students’ access to, and mastery of, STEM learning. TFA will also use the funding to implement STEM educator professional development opportunities centered in diversity, equity and inclusiveness, so that local STEM teachers are able to empower more students of color to pursue STEM-related areas of study.
“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”
In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than $17 million to over 3,400 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $80 million.
To learn more about TFA St. Louis, visit https://www.teachforamerica.org/where-we-work/st-louis.
To learn more about Bayer Fund visit https://www.fund.bayer.us.
About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with 350 urban and rural communities across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders who make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, Teach For America is a force of over 64,000 alumni and corps members working in over 9,000 schools nationwide in pursuit of profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they are reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, lead, thrive, and co-create a future filled with possibility. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Bayer Fund
Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.
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