Closing the STEM Achievement Gap

Hello All! My name is Jamal Grant and I am a recent college graduate and a Mechanical/Aerospace systems engineer based in Boston. Over the last several years , I have gained immense interest in helping others in need. One issue that has become dear to me is the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) academic achievement gap that is of epidemic proportions in the United States today. In my research on this issue, I have found that at the root of this achievement gap are factors that are both systematic (i.e. under-resourced schools, lack of exposure to STEM and discontinuous access to resources) and social (i.e. poverty, discouraged students, lack of awareness of resources). For these reasons, I have founded an organization called The NET Mentoring group that aims to uniquely tackle the STEM achievement gap by addressing both the systematic and social barriers, simultaneously.

The NET Mentoring Group will provide three services that will help us build a pipeline to successful careers, particularly in  STEM. The NET will offer:

·         A program that builds students’ understanding , interest and competency in STEM through programming, tutoring services and exposure to STEM careers.

·         A program that provides students with the guidance, support and knowledge necessary to build the characteristics of mental resiliency, resourcefulness and self-appreciation. We hope to equip students with the tools to reach success despite overwhelming circumstances.

·         The NET website will serve as a one-stop-shop for resources/organizations in Boston where students, parents and teachers (even those not directly involved in The NET’s mentoring programs) can go to find resources and ultimately map out a career plan. The website will be particularly powerful in maximizing the collective efforts of the many great resources in the Boston area. 

New Development: The NET has recently received IRS Federal tax-exempt status and is an offical 501(c)(3). This means that all contributions (past and present) are tax-deductible! Any and all contributions will go toward: STEM materials, food, books and maintenance of our website.

Whether you are a friend, colleague or just someone looking to help change the world, your contribution is much appreciated! We appreciate your support as we try to uniquely tackle the STEM achievement gap!

Please check out our website at:
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Jamal Grant 
Boston, MA