Out of School Time



The United States (U.S.) industries and thriving communities value lie in maximizing its' human capital for sustained economic growth. One of the fastest growth sectors for the U.S. is hightech with its foundation resting in disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). A critical step in developing the knowledge based and skills of U.S. human capital start with an investment in educating our children and youth in STEM for lifelong learning.


Strong TIES offers programs to address a) inclusion and b) skills gap of youth. Particularly, under-represented and under-served youth (i.e., Girls, African American, Latino or Hispanic, and Native American). Unfortunately, this group of youth continue to lag behind in STEM achievement that is linked to accessing critical resources.


The first program offering of the year is Turn Up for STEAM Annual Event that is scheduled to occur February 23-24, 2019 at Galvanize, 515 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. This program is designed to introduce students age 13-18 to STEM using the Arts as a gateway, hence STEAM. It comprises a weekend of STEAM engagement using culturally relevant tools, such as arts performance, digital designs for introducing students to computer science (i.e., computer coding in Python and Virtual Reality), access to community leaders and mentors, and gaining critical resources for college preparation. Turn Up for STEAM Annual Event is a proud AZ SciTech Festival signature event.


Turn Up for STEAM Summer Camps is a nationwide offering to corporate sponsors who desire to provide STEAM to employee youth (i.e., children of employees) or communities they serve.



The STEAM and Global Citizenship Mentoring Program is a global immersion for girls ages 12-18 for contextualizing STEAM through global experiences, culture and arts. This program is a sustainable framework offered to middle and high school students during Out of School Time (OST) . The mentoring-model component of the program  three hands-on, project based, and interactive modules; a) Digital Smart module will build skills in digital media, b) Innovation Smart module build skills for computing and digital design, and c) Community Smart module will give students the tools for emerging as STEM leaders in school and for civic involvement. After student's complete the mentoring-model they are candidates for experiencing STEAM around our globe-hence a trip to contextualize STEAM while working with their peers in host country or city.


Strong TIES STEAM and Global Citizenship Mentoring Program have been successful in reaching 95 girls in a two (2) year time period. In 2017, our cohort worked with peers in Ghana, West Africa and in 2018 another cohort visited our nation's capital, Washington, DC and spent one week at Google in New York. In 2019, a select cohort will visit Tanzania, Rwanda or South Africa. Help us today to prepare the next generation innovators.