March 2020 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest
Congratulations to Boundless Brilliance on winning the Lakers Youth Foundation March YOU Grant Contest!
Boundless Brilliance’s mission is to educate, empower, and engage students in order to close the gender gap in STEM fields. We envision a future of STEM leadership that is as diverse as the world in which we live. We don’t believe in “geniuses” and know that with sufficient resources and support, all children have the potential to share their brilliance with the world. That is why we are committed to making STEM accessible and inclusive.
“Science is for everyone” is a belief that we take seriously and it has
motivated us to launch our Empowerment & STEM Immersion project, which
involves the delivery of 45-minute hands-on STEM presentations to elementary
school students at no cost. These presentations are carried out in the
classroom, provided weekly, target under-resourced communities and schools;
and they are aligned with the grade-specific requirements of LAUSD’s accepted
Next Generation Science Standards, which allows us to engage students in their
classrooms during the school day.
Presenters ask students thought-provoking questions about scientists in media and pop-culture that prompt critical thinking and discussion around the importance of equal representation, and how that affects the perception of women who work in STEM; and presentations are delivered to classrooms of both boys and girls because we believe gender equity in STEM will only be achieved when all genders see each other as equally welcome and qualified to be in the field.
We are intentional about our approach of making STEM accessible and inclusive, and this is why we work directly in classrooms during the regular school day, because it allows us to eliminate many barriers to accessing STEM; such as tuition and costs for after-school programs, or having to arrange transportation to an off-school site.
Previous YOU Grant Winners
Children Striving Together
Our mission is to support at-risk children as well as children in the community by providing them with quality services to foster their growth as individuals.
The funding project is for Children Striving Together Saturday's. This project allows us to provide enrichment and social activities on a bi-weekly basis that allows children to learn about new skills and implement new concepts into their everyday lives. CST Saturday's also allows the children to attend field trips and special events that their parents/guardians may not have the means or funding for. CST Saturday's is also a way to keep the children off the streets and focusing on positive initiatives and activities.
Girls on the Run of Los AngelesMission Statement:
Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County`s (GOTRLA) mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTRLA enhances the abilities of adolescent girls, age 8 to 14, to navigate life experiences and to pursue a lifetime of healthy living and self-respect. We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential and by knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these girls will change the world.Funding Project:
GOTRLA provides safe environments for girls in 3rd to 8th grades to learn skills and habits that support physical, mental and emotional growth. This nationally developed and tested program has been thoughtfully adapted to meet the needs of Los Angeles, serving girls from diverse communities with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged areas. Funds will be designated toward critical annual program expenses, which include in-depth coach trainings, coach supervision and assistance, curriculum expenses and culmination 5K costs. This grant will help ensure GOTRLA meets its mission to never turn down a girl interested in the program, an effort that will ensure as much as $250,000 of financial support to families in need.
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