US2020’s mission is to change the trajectory of STEM education in America by dramatically scaling the number of STEM professionals engaged in high-quality STEM mentoring with youth. We are specifically focused on programming that supports underserved and underrepresented students. US2020 launched at the 2013 White House Science Fair and is now building a working community of committed companies, organizations, schools, government agencies, and cities. This community is leading the way in building a quality-driven STEM Mentoring Movement. We are growing the national supply and demand for STEM mentors by partnering with Fortune 500 companies and best-in-class education partners. We are matching skilled volunteers with these quality programs and creating evaluation systems to measure volunteer and student impact. US2020 focuses on volunteer opportunities that are experiential and hands-on, with the specific goal of building creative and innovative thinking. Learn more about how you can get engaged:
US2020 supports a network of innovative communities fostering local STEM mentoring movements across the country. The City Network is a group of city-based coalitions -- comprised of mayor's offices, school districts, corporations, community-based organizations, funders, and more -- that are growing the quality and quantity of STEM mentoring for underrepresented youth. As a network, they are experimenting with new strategies for scaling STEM mentoring, pioneering learning communities to accelerate each other's work, and feeding a national groundswell of momentum around STEM mentoring. Learn more about these national leaders:
The United States has a long, proud history of excellence in STEM. Today more than ever before, America’s economic growth depends upon continued success in these fields. However, the country’s STEM talent pipeline is currently insufficient and lacks the diversity necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
At US2020 we believe that if we can scale the number of STEM mentors engaging with students in high-quality, multi-session, experiential learning opportunities, we can significantly increase inspiration and achievement in STEM education and the pursuit of STEM careers.
Quality, skills-based mentorship is uniquely positioned to address the barriers to STEM access and achievement and has been shown to provide academic and emotional benefits for students, particularly at risk youth. Adult role models help students develop improved attitudes and behaviours through positive support and feedback.
Our corporate engagement strategy is focused on working deeply and consistently with a core group of leading companies. These companies are the leaders of the STEM mentoring movement.
US2020 partners with best-in-class nonprofit organizations that offer a diverse set of high-quality STEM volunteer opportunities and engage STEM professionals to ignite moments of discovery for students across the country.
US2020 aims to stimulate a movement, a cultural shift that generates millions of moments of discovery for millions of underserved students.”