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TFA Partners with Lyda Hill Philanthropies to Support Girls in STEM

This partnership is aimed at furthering the work of women innovators in STEM fields. 

Lyda Hill STEMinists

November 6, 2019

Teach For America is honored to partner with Lyda Hill Philanthropies as a member of the IF/THEN® Coalition. The coalition, a national initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, seeks to further women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies have selected 125 women innovators as AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors to share their stories and serve as high-profile role models for girls.

We're thrilled to announce that Yamilee Toussaint Beach, a Teach For America alumna and founder and CEO of STEM From Dance, is one of those ambassadors.

As a Teach For America teacher, Yamilee's eyes were opened to the multitude of opportunities her students couldn't access; there was an abundance of potential that would never be unleashed. She then set out to provide students with something greater than what the school system could provide.

““We firmly believe that IF we support a woman in STEM, THEN she can change the world. The goal of IF/THEN® is to shift the way our country—and the world—think about women in STEM and this requires changing the narratives about women STEM professionals and improving their visibility.””

Lyda Hill

Founder, Lyda Hill Philanthropies

She started STEM From Dance with the hope that a strong dance and STEM supplemental education would help to increase the number of underrepresented minority high school girls across the nation who pursue a STEM undergraduate education. We are so proud of Yamilee and ALL of our STEMinists who inspire students every day inside and outside of the classroom.