The Issue: Lack of Resources to Engage Youth in Science
Youth who develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics increase their chances for future success in higher education and the professional arena. However, schools in low-income communities often do not have enough resources to help engage students’ interest in science-related fields.
The Campaign: Funding a Robotics Kit for Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $480, then Family Focus can fund one reusable robotics kit with enough materials to create and program eight different robots, which youth can use to gain skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each additional $479 raised will fund another robotics kit.
Teams of up to four students can assemble eight different robots; the complexity increases with each project. The youth build and program each robot, developing communication, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills with their teammates. Family Focus runs robotics clubs at 18 of the 22 area schools where it provides afterschool programming.
While working at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration in the 1970s, Bernice Weissbourd founded Family Focus to provide holistic social services to children and their families. Today, it continues to support students, teenage parents, and families with young children with a variety of programs, including adult-literacy classes, fitness and nutrition education, and homework help. Family Focus works with parents to help children grow into confident and successful young adults and assists youth in achieving their academic and career goals through projects such as afterschool programs.
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Near West Side
310 S Peoria St.
Chicago, Illinois 60607