Students at school districts across the San Antonio area will benefit from the STEMvest initiative.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are critical components of a student’s education and can lead to promising careers. Another important – but less recognized – curriculum must-have is financial literacy. That’s why USAA has teamed up with experts to elevate STEM and financial literacy education in San Antonio-area public schools through an initiative named “STEMvest.”
“We believe STEMvest is going to change lives for local students and educators,” says Selene Martin, Corporate Responsibility director, who leads USAA’s philanthropic programs focused on education. “The creation of this program is a direct result of feedback we gathered from area educators about their greatest challenges in teaching STEM subjects and financial literacy.”
STEMvest is a comprehensive, results-driven program that provides dynamic digital resources and professional development to boost student and teacher confidence, interest and achievement in STEM and financial literacy education.
USAA collaborated with Discovery Education and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Texas ASCD) to launch STEMvest at middle and high schools in all 15 public school districts of the San Antonio area. USAA is investing $1.9 million over a three-year timeframe to support the effort.
In addition to the area-wide program, Anson Jones Middle School in the Northside Independent School District was selected as a “STEMFormation” school from a pool of eight applicants. With the STEMFormation designation, Jones will receive an enhanced level of STEMvest resources.
“These students are going to be able to decide if they want to be included in the next generation of engineers, mathematicians, computer programmers, doctors, scientists and more,” said Valeria Munoz Gonzales, a junior at John Jay High School’s Science and Engineering Academy, who leads an after-school coding club at Jones, her alma mater.
“With these new opportunities, they will be granted an early advantage of becoming the new creators, the new problem solvers and the new leaders of an advancing society.”
STEMvest is just one example of how we support STEM and financial literacy initiatives:
- USAA in San Antonio and all regional campuses support Junior Achievement, the world's largest organization dedicated to educating K-12 students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
- USAA is also investing $1 million over three years in CAST Tech, a career-themed high school scheduled to open this fall in downtown San Antonio, which will focus on coding, cyber security, gaming, entrepreneurship and business.
As the STEMvest program progresses in San Antonio, successes and lessons learned will be assessed to potentially support USAA’s regional campus communities in the future.
USAA’s philanthropic investments to elevate STEM and financial literacy education in public schools supports the Education focus area of USAA’s corporate responsibility strategy.
Read more about STEMvest at http://www.stemvestsa.com/.
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