TechPoint Foundation for Youth
City of Indianapolis
US2020 STEM Mentoring Initiative
US2020 is a new organization developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative solutions to our STEM education challenge, with a focus on increasing access to STEM careers for girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children. Announced by President Obama at the 2013 National Science Fair, US2020 will match 1 million STEM mentors with students at youth-serving organizations and schools by the year 2020.
The US2020 City Competition challenged communities to develop plans to dramatically increase the scale and quality of mentorship and corporate citizenship. 52 cities applied to lead this mentoring movement, 7 were selected – Indianapolis was one of them.
Kicked off in August of 2014, TechPoint Foundation for Youth (TPF4Y), serving as the Guiding Coalition lead for the City of Indianapolis plan, has engaged more than 40 corporate, university, school and youth- serving organizations to develop, implement and grow this comprehensive mentoring program, first in Indianapolis, then moving statewide by 2018. With support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, TPF4Y has committed 4 fulltime staff to this crucial workforce challenge. Utilizing the state-of-the-art mentor-matching portal developed by US2020, TPF4Y will work to create seamless connections between the supply of interested STEM mentors and students in demand.
“Creating a climate that is attractive for businesses to retain, create, or relocate jobs to our city is dependent upon our ability to supply the skilled workers employers demand,” said City of Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard. “Workforce development is a priority for Indianapolis, and we are extremely proud to be a part of the city’s winning US2020 project. It is imperative that our students receive innovative and effective STEM education and mentoring experiences.”