Loudoun Nonprofit to Launch New Program To Help More Boys of Color Explore STEM Pathways
Supported by a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Mission Fulfilled 2030 creates the Youth Tech Entrepreneurs Program, designed to help more Black young men pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing fields.
(Loudoun, Virginia, December 2022): Today Mission Fulfilled 2030, a nonprofit whose vision is to provide equity and access to digital high-tech education for BIPOC young men, announced the launch of its Youth Tech Entrepreneurs Program this December. - The first of its kind in Loudoun County, the educational program is designed to increase the number of Black young men studying in the STEM fields of study, and ultimately participating in the STEM workforce.
“Today, Black males make up less than 5% of the high tech and STEM workforce, a number that has remained stagnant over the last 10 years, despite rapid growth across the STEM industries. We also know that jobs in STEM fields are some of the best pay jobs in our economy, creating new opportunities for building wealth. We must rethink what we’re doing to encourage and support young Black men, so they have the opportunity to participate in -- and to shape -- our digital economy,” said Gerald A. Moore Sr. founder of Mission Fulfilled 2030. “We have to create a new model where Black boys can harness their unique innate abilities outside of the traditional school system. Our program not only focuses on developing the technical skills they need, but will also provide students with male mentors who look like them, and can inspire their greatness.”
In Virginia, the technology industry is growing rapidly -- the state is emerging as the data capital of the U.S. and consistently ranks as one of the top states hiring for tech roles. In Northern Virginia, some of the largest STEM employers, like Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft, are establishing significant footprints in the region and looking to fill tens of thousands of jobs in the coming years.
Mission Fulfilled 2030 is dedicated to ensuring that Black young men across Loudoun County will be prepared and able to participate in the state’s growing tech workforce.
The inaugural program will launch in January 2023, providing opportunities for middle school boys in grades 6-8 of Loudoun Country Public School (LCPS). The program will be held in Ashburn. Students will participate in a six-week, program that offers a culturally relevant STEM curriculum where they gain exposure to a variety of digital high-tech employment opportunities and pathways. Students also benefit from mentorship from Black men working in the STEM fields.
To get this effort underway, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was made a founding grant of $23,000. The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $250 million in scholarships to nearly 3,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Cooke Foundation also supports youth-serving nonprofit organizations that address educational access and achievement in Loudoun County, Virginia — where the Foundation is headquartered.
Parents who are interested can register students here: https://bit.ly/loudoun-yte
Gerald Moore Senior spoke to students at UPREP this week for the launch of the Youth Tech Entrepreneurs Program.
He wants to inspire these young men to set goals and understand they have the power to impact their community.
“When I look at how I grew up here, and the violent crime that was happening during the time I grew up and what’s happening now- I believe the program we have here gives us an opportunity to not only curb violent crime but give young men in this community an opportunity to see beyond what they actually dreamed they could be,” said Gerald Moore Senior.
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On this day October 22, 2019, Mission Fulfilled 2030 received it's 501(C)(3) IRS Determination Letter. (which states that donors can deduct contributions they make to us under IRC code 170.)
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DECEMBER 2019 received 1st donation from a private donor $1,000
FEBRUARY 2020 Launched Computer Science Program (500 students internationally)
SEPTEMBER 2020 Launched Chromebooks for Kids Initiative (served over 100 students nationwide after schools shut down and did not have computers for students raised over $30,000 - https://bit.ly/mf2030-wbal
SEPTEMBER 2020 received our first news coverage WBAL TV-11 - https://bit.ly/mf2030-wbal
OCTOBER 2020 Featured article in Baltimore Times
DECEMBER 2020 Provided Computers to HOMELESS MOTHERS with CHILDREN so they could continue schooling during the pandemic. https://bit.ly/mf2030-wtimes
FEBRUARY 2021 Launch of the Youth Tech Entrepreneurs Program - youthtechentrepreneurs.com
MARCH 2021 Nationwide Feature on Sirus Radio Karen Hunter Show - https://bit.ly/mf2030-karen-hunter
JUNE 2021 Launched program in Chicago, featured on NBC 5 - https://bit.ly/mf2030-nbc5-chi
JULY 2021 Launched 10K Black Boys Initiative - bit.ly/10kblackboys
SEPTEMBER 2021 Landed first school partnership with UPrep High School in Rochester NY https://bit.ly/mf2030-uprep also was featured in news in Rochester: https://bit.ly/mf2030-abc-13 (segment start 11:08)
SEPTEMBER 2021 Landed corporate partner/sponsor INEOS Styrolution
OCTOBER 2021 We envision the people and corporations getting behind the Mission and beginning to support the VISION of impacting 100,000 youth impacting diversity and equity in tech for the future. Make a tax-deductible investment today! If you can't Invest please share.
YEAR TWO YOUTH TECH ENTREPRENEURS UPREP HIGH
In 2021 Mission Fulfilled 2030 partnered with University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men in Rochester, New York to launch the inaugural Youth Tech Entrepreneurs Program. Through this program, 85 young men learned how to ideate and create their own technology companies.
We are excited to say that due to the success of the program we will be working with another 100 young men at UPREP in four cohorts for the 2022-23 school year.
Rochester native and Rochester City School District graduate has launched a new program designed to invest in Rochester's youth.
Gerald Moore, Sr. founded Mission Fulfilled 2030. The program teaches students how to start their own tech company. Moore graduated from Edison Tech. He says he wasn't the best student, but he went on to earn a degree in engineering.
Moore says he wants to show young Black men, in particular, what the future holds. He says representation matters.
"One of the biggest things that needs to change is, representation matters," Moore said. "Black males make up less than 2% of the public school workforce, and Black males make up less than 5% of the high tech and STEM workforce. So, I think in order for at-risk kids and underserved and untapped talent, we need to see representation," said Moore. Click Here for Full Article - MF2030 feature starts at 11:08