STEM Pathways Cooperative
In 2013, the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative produced the State of STEM in Out-of-School Time in Chicago Report, providing a set of data-informed recommendations and an action plan to enable diverse young people to get, and stay, involved with STEM experiences from kindergarten through college.
In 2015, the Cooperative was selected to join theSTEM Funders’ Network STEM Learning Ecosystems initiative, an effort aimed at galvanizing cities across the U.S. that are building STEM learning ecosystems.
The Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative:
- Is guided by the premise that access to a continuum of high-quality STEM experiences across all years of development can provide a strong foundation for success.
- Understands that the STEM ecosystem reflects the combined stakeholders who impact STEM learning opportunities for students and families.
- Recognizes that access to STEM learning opportunities in Chicago is unequal and therefore, we strive to advance policies and practices to close opportunity gaps and address inequities, at both the system and local level.
- Convenes cross-sector stakeholders to move from a fragmented STEM landscape of efforts towards a coordinated approach.