Gen-I STEM Pledge Strengthens Supports for Native Youth in Sciences

Friday, September 22, 2017, Denver, CO — This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and to celebrate this momentous year, AISES has partnered with the Center for Native American Youth and We Are Healers to strengthen supports for Native youth interested in or studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Together, the three organizations launched the Gen-I STEM Pledge, a version of the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge aimed at Native youth and professionals looking and willing to support each other in the fields of science, engineering, health, and other related fields.

By taking the Gen-I STEM Pledge, youth, professionals, and organizations will have the opportunity to:

  • Share their stories as Natives in STEM to empowers to follow in their footsteps;
  • Be added to the Gen-I Network Map and connect with others in the Network;
  • For youth, connect with professionals affiliated with We Are Healers; and
  • For youth, opt-in as Youth Ambassadors to represent Gen-I.

To take the Gen-I STEM Pledge, click here and “Accept the Challenge.” Identify yourself as a Native in STEM by filling out your area of interest/study.

Watch Erik Stegman, CNAY Executive Director; Sarah Echohawk, AISES CEO; and Erik Brodt, Founder of We Are Healers, give the Gen-I STEM Pledge pitch at the 2017 AISES National Conference in Denver, CO.

This post contributed by Bettina Gonzalez, Outreach & Engagement Program Coordinator.