PROGRAMS FOR AT-RISK CENTRAL INDIANA STUDENTS IN GRADES 8-12

We offer programs that provide hands-on experience to support STEM career exploration and preparation during school hours, as an after-school program, and during summer months.

 Thank you and everyone from Direct Employers Foundation for allowing Keshon to be a part of the program.  He really enjoyed everything he learned and I think this program was one of the best he has ever been a part of. Thank you all for the time, effort and gifts that you put into this program. This program will truly make a difference in the lives of all those that were able to attend.

Tyjuana Griffin – STEM YES! Program – Parent

GOALS

  • To bring learning to life for Central Indiana students who lack awareness of STEM career opportunities
  • To build a future employee pipeline for Central Indiana employers dedicated to diversity

Youth successfully complete the program and are satisfied with their experience
90%

Youth who complete a program in a STEM Learning Lab, a workplace learning program with a Central Indiana
75%

Youth who complete their program report they plan to enter a STEM-related career or post-secondary major
85%

Adult volunteers honor their time commitment to mentor/train program youth
95%
  • Increased equality and diversity in the workforce.
  • Central Indiana employers realize the urgency with which the STEM workforce gap must be closed
  • All youth who complete our program graduate from high school

Youth who complete our program enroll in a post-secondary institution within three years of high school graduation
90%

Adult volunteers  continue as program mentors/trainers beyond their initial time commitment period
75%

Staff from referring youth development organizations and schools report satisfaction with our programs, processes, staff and volunteers
85%
  • All youth who complete their DirectEmployers Foundation program ultimately achieve a post-secondary credential


  • All youth who complete their DirectEmployers Foundation program ultimately have successful careers in STEM-related fields or other business areas


  • Central Indiana employers hire individuals who have completed our program


  • The STEM workforce becomes more diverse as more individuals from underrepresented groups are employed in it


  • An increased number of young women, minorities and youth with disabilities are interested and curious about choosing STEM fields for their future employment prospects


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