Coming Together To Inspire Youth with STEM Learning

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV and Edinburg CISD 21st Century Partnership

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Edinburg, Texas – Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV is providing after-school programs at 10 Edinburg CISD Schools aimed at encouraging youth to develop 21st-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and co-operation while being exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subject areas.

As a part of the 21st Century Ace program, the Club uses their curriculum to focus on a hands-on approach to student learning.  Over the school year, students have had varying levels of exposure to STEM fields and the opportunity to learn about academic and career pathways in those areas.

“We are dedicated to fostering the development and growth of the next generation of scientists, planners, architects, and engineers, who are so vital to our community’s future,” said Sabrina Walker Hernandez, CEO for Boys & Girls Club in Edinburg. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Edinburg CISD and expanding the prevalence of STEM education opportunities across the district.”

The partnership funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

About Texas ACE

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The Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program is one of the largest statewide afterschool programs in the country, serving over 180,000 students at nearly 1,000 sites.

The Texas ACE grantees offer free afterschool programming to economically disadvantaged schools across the state. The Texas Education Agency awards 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants as funding are available and partners with Westat to offer technical assistance, professional development, and general program support. All grantees adhere to basic program requirements and offer activities focused on four areas:

•Tutorials for students before and after school;

•Enrichment activities for students to explore science, technology, and the arts;

•Activities and training that help families support their students to be successful at school;

•Guidance and field trips that help students and their families access information about college and careers.

The overarching goal of the program is to foster each student’s academic success by improving attendance, behavior, and academics which lead to grade level promotion, graduation and helping students be more prepared for college and the workplace.

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