Disney Donates $1 Million to Youth STEM Program in Celebration of ‘Black Panther’

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) thanks you for your repeat viewings of Marvel’s Black Panther — The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, has announced that it will be donating $1 Million to expand Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s youth STEM programs, “supporting the high-tech skills that were a major theme in the plot of Black Panther and are essential in helping youth succeed.”

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and is highlighted by the Department of Education as having an inadequate number of  few American students pursuing expertise in STEM fields and ultimately a limited pipeline of teachers skilled in these subjects. By helping to expand STEM programs in underserved communities across the United States with a piece of Black Panther’s box office success, Disney has beautifully paralleled a lesson from the film.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use this one-time grant to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum, and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country. The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens, with an emphasis in the following communities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.

A new STEM Center of Innovation in Oakland… Sounds familiar!

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Wakanda Forever! More from the Walt Disney Company here: https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-donates-1-million-youth-stem-program-celebration-black-panther/