In September 2016, STEAM Power began as part of an after-school activity for girls, offered by A Wider Circle, a community organization operating in the Barry Farm housing complex.
The 6-week, one day per week, program had five participants ranging from 9 to 14 years old.
Participants from the Barry Farm STEAM Power program continued on to the RISE Dreamers mentoring program. The following summer, those young ladies also participated in the Saturday summer enrichment program held in southeast Washington, D.C.
The start of the new year brought about a partnership with the organization So Others Might Eat (SOME). STEAM Power is offered to the young residents of SOME's affordable housing as part of the SOME Place for Kids after-school program.
Children are given the opportunity to engage, learn, and increase their understanding of STEAM through lessons and hands on projects.
STEAM Power has been held at the following properties: Weinberg House, Fendall Place, Griffin House, and Chesapeake/Barnaby.
In addition to our mobile STEAM Power program partnerships and our summer enrichment programs, we look forward to the first annual Dream Believe Rise Scholarship Gala in 2018.
Our goal is to build upon the interest of our participants from STEAM Power through Rise Dreamers, and then reward their accomplishment with financial assistance toward a degree.