NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Center for the Innovative Training of Youth Inc d/b/a STEM NOLA

The recipient entity's physical address:
           4910 Drexel Street
Xavier University, Box #61
New Orleans, LA 70125

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. Box 531783
New Orleans, LA 70153

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Calvin Mackie
Tracy Mackie

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  6976

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $100,000

What type of request is this?  Both

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Troy Clark (Officer – President)
President and CEO, Golden Leaf Energy
Gretna, LA

Jimmie L. Davis, Jr, PhD
President, STEMFlorida, LLC
Tallahassee, FL

Reuben A. Bell
Director, Sales Strategy - HealthE
Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.
Skillman, NJ

Carolyn Meyers, PhD
Former President, Jackson State University
Jackson, MS

Tyra Metoyer
American Petroleum Institute
API | External Mobilization
Washington, DC

Tim Mackie AXA Financial Advisors
EVP/Branch Manager
Captain USAF Retired
AXA Equitable South Central Branch National Division
New Orleans, LA

Derrick Scott
University of Michigan
Director, Inclusion & Multicultural Engineering Programs
Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach
Ann Arbor, MI

Kenneth Grimes
Managing Director
Black Angel Tech Fund
Atlanta, GA

Gregory Washington, Ph.D.
The Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Dr. Calvin Mackie
STEM NOLA, Executive Director and Founder
4910 Drexel St Xavier University #61
New Orleans, LA 70125

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           STEM NOLA will hold several STEM Camps in various communities in the state of Louisiana. As part of the effort, students will need computers to access and interact with technology-based software programming. The purchase of 30 to 50 laptop computers is warranted to achieve this purpose. In addition, we will retrofit and equip a mobile RV STEM LAB for deployment to underserved communities. This mobile unit has already been acquired and will be outfitted with the latest technology and STEM engagement stations that can be delivered to the communities of most need in our service impact area.

Each of these purposes will further allow us to bring Hands-On STEM engagement programming directly to surrounding communities in the five (5) parish Greater New Orleans area and points further into rural communities in Central and North Louisiana already being served by our programming currently.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $20,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $40,000
          Operating Services. . . . $10,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $30,000

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Within community settings, there is a dearth of high-quality STEM programming for many students in Louisiana. What programming does exist is often inaccessible to low-income students and families who face cost and transportation barriers to accessing this programming regularly. Research indicates that children’s at-home STEM experiences and their caregivers’ perceptions around STEM subjects often influence children’s perceptions of STEM education, even in early childhood. Research compiled by the national Early STEM working group in 2017 also indicates that children form lifelong opinions about their capacity for STEM learning during early educational experiences. This makes access to high quality early childhood and elementary STEM learning opportunities that provide positive confidence and skill-building experiences in their schools and communities even more critical. These experiences form the foundation for future STEM learning and provides important foundations for literacy, overall school performance, and future career success.
Despite powerful findings about the impact of STEM education in early childhood, our schools and early childhood programs lack support to implement STEM concepts into the curriculum. Particularly in early childhood education where subject matter is more deeply integrated across curriculum and teachers are often the lowest paid and least supported with professional development and training, it is key for teachers to develop skills to weave high quality STEM instruction into all aspects of instruction.

STEM NOLA's public purpose is to expose, engage, and inspire youth of all ages to topics in STEM. It is for this rationale and purpose that we seek state monies.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The goals and objectives for achieving the purpose of exposing, engaging, and inspiring youth of all ages to topics in STEM are:

• Increased knowledge of and interest in STEM learning
• Increased interest in and knowledge of STEM career paths
• Improved college/career readiness skills
• Improved academic achievement in science and math
• Matriculation into college to pursue a STEM-related degree
• STEM certifications and employment in STEM professions (long-term)

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           1 year

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Louisiana State Department of Education
Office of Management and Finance
1201 North 3rd Street, 5th Floor, Suite 5-242,
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               STEM NOLA is a veteran applicant of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) programming, offered to schools in the Greater New Orleans area.

STEM NOLA designs and delivers activities, programs and events that bring inspiration, motivation and training to all STEM stakeholders, with a specific focus on underserved communities - primarily low-income communities of color - across Orleans Parish and surrounding parishes. Participants in all STEM NOLA programming, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, develop 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and community. STEM NOLA’s programming is unique in that it is developed to be culturally and environmentally-relevant and uses hands-on project-based approaches to learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). By using college students who are specializing in STEM subjects alongside STEM professionals and STEM “artists” as instructors, students in STEM NOLA’s programs are able to see themselves (by seeing people who look like them with similar backgrounds) succeeding in STEM subjects and pursuing STEM careers.
Through the operation of its proposed 21CCLC Afterschool and Summer program, STEM NOLA serves 250 students in grades 2-8 who are from high poverty areas, are categorized as low income and/or who attend low performing schools.

STEM NOLA’s 21CCLC Afterschool programming operates four days per week (Monday-Thursday) from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. during the regular school calendar. STEM NOLA will also operate a four-week summer camp at each site. Summer programming serves regular school-year program participants as well as additional community participants, as space allows. The program runs four days per week (Monday - Thursday) for four weeks (total 16 days) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students are recruited from school partners’ student body, local churches, and as well as local community centers, churches and libraries.

STEM NOLA shall provide homework assistance services during the first hour of programming, followed by one hour of STEM hands-on activities using our project kits to build STEM projects.

Contact Information
name:  Lawrence Jackson 
                                       address:  4910 Drexel Drive
Xavier University of Louisiana, Box# 61

                                       phone:  5043910730
                                       relationship to entity:  Chief Operating Officer