Ever wonder how to create more employees in the medical and science sectors? This woman knows exactly how as she shares how the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub educates and empowers youth in those fields. Kathleen is the Executive Director and shares how this unique education collaborative, created by Gary Chartrand, is changing lives.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. September 18, 2019 – Channel 4 will air the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub Documentary, Igniting the Future: The STEM Education Revolution, on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM.
Igniting the Future: The STEM Education Revolution
The documentary features the story of the innovation, success, and leadership of the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub. Founded by the Jacksonville business community under the leadership of Gary Chartrand in 2015, the STEM2 Hub works to improve access to STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) and computer science educational opportunities for local students. The film shares the impact of the local nonprofit that has been accomplished by working collaboratively along with the school districts of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns, supported by the business community and other local youth serving organizations.
With the goal of broadening awareness of the great opportunities for the future, and diversifying the workforce, this production promises to inform the viewer of the progress to date and build awareness for the opportunities that exist for today’s students. The Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub’s mission is to convene, inspire, and invest in the STEM2 field by providing the essential missing elements to accelerate the growth of STEM2 education and career opportunities in northeast Florida.
Now that school is out for Duval County students, the Police Athletic League, also known as JaxPAL, is helping kids stay busy and away from crime during the summer.
The event is free and focuses on building bridges between law enforcement and Jacksonville’s youth.
“It’s a group of people trying to help out and getting kids off the street and making sure they do the right thing and succeed in life,” said 15-year-old Adriel Bacher, a participant.
Bacher grew up on the Southside and watched violence negatively impact some his friends. He said he stayed focused on his dream of playing basketball for the NBA and joined JaxPAL two years ago.
At Friday’s event, he met with coach Kim Varner and did two timed runs around the boxing ring.
Varner, who is a retired Jacksonville police officer, listed the goals of JaxPAL.
“First of all, to have a place for them to come,” Varner said. “Mostly to be a positive role model and show them the right way to do things.”
This year, JaxPAL also partnered with Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub to teach the kids how to operate computers, robotic miniatures and drones.
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