Bringing STEM Programs to Multicultural Youth

Sports and Recreation

June 23, 2014

From: Alameda Recreation And Park Department

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math for Underprivileged Youth

For the first time, a combined Sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program will be offered to resource challenged boys and girls in the East Bay. An innovative program co-sponsored by the Alameda Recreation & Parks Department and BallPoppers will offer up to 100 5th-7th graders to attend a five Saturday Basketball and STEM series. Full and partial scholarships will be offered to qualified youth.

"We see this as a first step for Alameda Recreation & Parks Department in offering a unique sports and STEM program to the youth from our surrounding communities" said Dennis McDaniels, Recreation Services Specialist for the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department.

The series will offer basketball training with a unique twist. It will feature multicultural guest speakers including Leone Patterson, Basketball Olympian and CFO of Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Dr. David Chang Chief Orthopedic Surgeon at Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center, Robin Mansukhani CEO of Alzeca BioSciences and speakers from The Golden State Warriors and University of California Berkeley's Athletic Department. The speakers will emphasize the importance of sports participation and encourage them to pursue careers related to the sports and technology fields.

"There is a huge emphasis on STEM training to produce students who can contribute to the United States' leadership in Technology. It is critical that we educate and inspire our next generation of multicultural leaders to take their place in our global economy" says Mable Yee, CEO & Founder of BallPoppers.

The Series is partnering with numerous community organizations such as the Oakland Housing Authority, Girls Inc., Alameda Police Department, Berkeley's King Visionaries Program, Alameda Unified School District to provide youth attendees. Corporate sponsors are signing up to sponsor this unique series.