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Youth Programs praised for focus on STEM education
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Museum Center's Youth Programs has received a $20,000 grant from the American Honda Foundation. The grant promotes informal education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Serving 110-125 youth ages 13-18 in the Greater Cincinnati area each year, Cincinnati Museum Center's Youth Programs gives youth unique opportunities by providing access to experts and resources in STEM fields.
Donna Hammond-Cotton, Senior Program Officer for the Torrance, California-based American Honda Foundation, expressed her enthusiasm for the depth and breadth of STEM experiences the Youth Program offered.
"We are proud to support the Youth Programs, which focus on STEM education at two levels," Hammond-Cotton said. "First, members receive in-depth training. While working with mentors in the museum of their choice, the youth learn about STEM-related activities and career options. Second, members spread STEM education to others by sharing their STEM knowledge and enthusiasm with the museums' visitors."
Cincinnati Museum Center's Youth Programs is a tuition-free diversity development initiative designed to enhance the creativity, confidence and success of its members. The American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Commission recognized Cincinnati Museum Center's Youth Programs as "a national model for urban museums working with at-risk students."
Participating in workshops, field trips, college visits, volunteerism and other learning opportunities, Youth Programs members learn valuable life and work skills. They benefit from their interactions and work within the museums, exploring science, history and child development through hands-on experiences with a team of leading professionals. The ultimate goal of the program is high school graduation with a plan for the future. Since 1998, 99 percent of all Youth Program graduates continue on to a four-year college.
About American Honda Foundation
Established in 1984, the American Honda Foundation (AHF) makes grants to non-profit organizations that benefit the people of the United States in the areas of youth and scientific education, with a specific focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. AHF engages in grantmaking that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. Since its inception, more than $30 million has been awarded to organizations serving approximately 115 million people in every state in the U.S. For more information, visit www.foundation.honda.com.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.