A new $5 million multi-year commitment from technology company Raytheon to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will provide enhanced technology centers and support for after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to children of military families.
Working in partnership, Raytheon and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will establish ‘Centers of Innovation’ at BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations.
The Centers will provide an inspiring backdrop for programming that focuses on creative approaches to STEM. The effort is part of Raytheon’s $10 million commitment to military veterans, personnel and family.
“The men and women who serve their country have sacrificed much for our safety and freedom,” Raytheon chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy said. “It is our responsibility to show them our trust and respect by supporting them and their families in achieving great futures.”
Club youth at each Center of Innovation will work with Club staff and Raytheon employee mentors to develop their skills and critical thinking using real-world applications for STEM.
BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on military installations aim to bring consistency and continuity to the lives of military children. On average, military families move six to nine times before their children graduate high school – about three times more often than civilian families.
The Club atmosphere provides continuity for military kids, whether living on or off a military base. Through creative projects and evidence-based programming, students enhance their understanding of STEM, strengthening skills in preparation for college, military and civilian careers.