Detroit Lions, Athletes for Charity and Tata Technologies are partnering to launch a STEM program at 2 Detroit Public Schools. The program aims to improve learning outcomes and student interest in STEM, while also developing their skills in reading and writing, creating pathways to success in post-secondary education and 21st century careers.
Two schools have been selected for the inaugural launch of the STEM Youth Literacy Program: Clark Preparatory Academy and Dixon Educational Learning Academy. The curriculum will include monthly STEM book distributions to students by various Detroit Lions players. Both Detroit Lions players and Tata Technologies staff will volunteer to serve as STEM Readers.
“The demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math is on the rise while the availability of qualified applicants is on the decline because students are not pursuing degrees and careers within the sector,” said Alisa Harewood of Tata Technologies, a global engineering services company with North American headquarters located in Novi, MI.
“Our partnership with Tata Technologies and the Detroit Lions represent an innovative way to fuse the nonprofit, corporate and sports sectors, to motivate students in the areas of STEM,” saidCathleen Laporte, founder and president of Athletes for Charity.
Detroit Lions Safety Don Carey is a founding member of the program and serves as a liaison to the team. Invitations have also been extended to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings players to join the team as STEM supporters.
Additional supporters include The Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust and support from athletes such as Detroit native Anthony Adams, a retired nine-year NFL veteran who most recently played for the Chicago Bears. Adams currently serves a as a host of Inside the Bears.