The Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens: Bridging the Gap in Science Education for Underserved Communities

Penn Hills benefits from Citizens Science Lab and YBMKQ partnership with STEAM education opportunities

The Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens organization in Penn Hills has partnered with the Citizens Science Lab to provide STEAM education to dozens of kids over the next five years. Dr. Andre Samuel, founder of the Citizens Science Lab, spearheaded an experiment that showcased the types of activities the young participants will engage in at the community center on a daily basis.

The partnership between the two organizations aims to address issues that directly impact black and underserved communities. Dr. Samuel emphasized the importance of this partnership, highlighting the lack of African Americans holding PhDs in the biological and life sciences nationwide. By introducing more black students to the field of science, the hope is to increase representation and tackle disparities in education and employment opportunities.

Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens offers after-school programming and summer camps for children in elementary through high school at an affordable cost for families. With approximately 60 kids participating in their daily after-school activities, the addition of science programming will enhance the educational opportunities available to these students. For more information about enrolling your child in the after-school or summer programming offered by Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens, visit their website.

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