Latino STEM Alliance is a 501c3 certified non-profit currently engaged in projects in Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester.
Latino STEM Alliance partners with schools, private industry, community groups, and academia to bring STEM to underserved youth who would otherwise not have such an opportunity. LSA identifies existing and successful STEM enrichment programs by researching the national landscape. We then bring the programs to our partner schools and community groups and deliver the activities to the youth they serve, at their facility. Our goal is to enable underserved youth to experience hands-on STEM enrichment activities in order to inspire them to consider STEM related careers.
The organization was formed in 2010 by Latino professionals working in STEM related fields who were concerned by the growing gap between the need for STEM educated professionals and the pipeline of qualified talent in these areas. They decided to address the chronic under representation of urban youth in STEM professions by seizing the opportunity presented by the new emphasis on funding for science and technology related industries.
A unique aspect of LSA is to provide Scientists and Engineers of diverse backgrounds to serve as role models for the youth and collaborate with them on the hands-on activities. Often times, these professionals grew up in the same neighborhood as the students. This allows the youth to realize that others who share their background have found success in STEM fields.