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Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) Seeking 2019 STEM Ambassadors

Program develops STEM education policy leaders in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pa. – Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) today announced it is seeking candidates for the 2019 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors Program. Launched in 2018, the program aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM learning ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

“Afterschool and summer programs play a major role in providing meaningful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences to diverse groups of youth and PSAYDN is proud to join the ambassadors and partners in this important work,” said PSAYDN director Laura Saccente.

In 2018, its inaugural year, the program named 36 ambassadors who are leaders in higher education, business and industry, kindergarten through grade 12 education, afterschool and summer programs and early learning. They share experiences and content knowledge with stakeholders including media, legislators, local leaders, business, industry and the education community.

PSAYDN is now accepting applicants for 2019. Ambassadors will participate in the 10-month program during which they’ll be briefed on state and federal initiatives and lead efforts to advance policy goals through outreach, education and advocacy; and assume leadership responsibilities to develop a stronger voice in STEM education issues.

The deadline to apply is January 25, 2019.

“With Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, a realignment of workforce development through career programs; and bipartisan support for essential workforce needs, the time is more crucial than ever to talk about STEM education,” Saccente said. “The PA STEM Ambassadors will be a vital part in shaping these policies.”

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