To celebrate the huge success of Marvel’s “Black Panther,” The Walt Disney Company is making a $1 million donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). This donation will be used to help expand the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Those programs support the high-tech skills that were a major theme in the plot of “Black Panther” and are essential in helping youth succeed.
“Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”
This one-time grant will be used by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country. The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens, with an emphasis in the following communities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Centers of Innovation provide youth with hands-on, advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including robotics, 3-D printers, conferencing equipment and high-definition video production. Plus a fully dedicated STEM expert will offer individual and group support to help Club members develop their STEM skills and critical thinking using real-world applications.
“From hands-on interactive programs to critical thinking, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to providing thousands of young people with the tools they need to prepare for a great future,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Thanks to Disney’s support, we can expand our outreach and allow more youth to find their passions and discover STEM careers.”
A focus area of The Walt Disney Company’s social responsibility efforts is helping children and teens learn new skills for the future, like STEM. The company is dedicated to delivering comfort, happiness, opportunity and inspiration to children and families around the world.
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