Sensata Technologies Foundation Promotes STEM at YMCA After School Program
Taunton, MA – Old Colony YMCA’s Taunton Branch has been awarded $15,000 from the Sensata Technologies Foundation to enhance the Y’s after school program for more than 100 local children.
With the infusion of new funds, the Y will be able to offer kids the opportunity to explore new career pathways, take educational field trips, and participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workshops.
“Youth development is at the core of our work at the YMCA,” explained Roman Davis, the Taunton Y’s Executive Director. “Our after school program pulls a lot of different activities together. We offer academic support, arts, sports, swimming, teambuilding, and so much more. This generous grant from Sensata will help us build on what we’re doing, and give kids an opportunity to connect with the world of STEM in a really unique, hands-on way.”
Launched in 2017, the Sensata Technologies Foundation – located in Attleboro at the company’s headquarters – aims to “foster a passion about STEM.”
“The Sensata Foundation is proud to support endeavors that make STEM learning and activities more accessible to all children in our communities. Part of our two-fold mission is to show how careers in STEM have the potential to make the world better and shape the future, and how STEM knowledge has many benefits that transfer to a wide variety of careers,” said Alexia Taxiarchos, Senior Director, Global Communications and President, Sensata Foundation. “Our vision is a world where all students have the opportunity and encouragement to develop a passion for STEM careers and all that they can make possible in the 21st century.”
Mr. Davis also noted that many after school program participants, who are between the ages of 5 and 14, are able to attend the program at a reduced cost. “We’re a nonprofit community organization, and we’ll never turn someone away due to a financial barrier. We make sure the Y is accessible to everyone,” he explained.
The Y’s after school program can see up to 140 children on a given day, who are bused to the YMCA on Cohannet Street from Taunton’s elementary and middle schools.
In addition new grant, Sensata has also committed to participating in a Service Day at the YMCA, during which staff will take on a project at the facility, and have the opportunity to interact with kids and talk about pursuing a career in STEM.
About the Sensata Technologies Foundation
Sensata has a long and proud history of supporting the communities in which we operate. For nearly all of our 100-year history, we have been involved with outreach programs that nurture and support education, economic development, civic involvement, and diversity. In 2017, the Company founded the Sensata Foundation to more closely support qualifying charitable entities that support the Company’s core initiatives. Today, our global customers choose Sensata for the engineering excellence, diversity of thought and manufacturing scale we deliver. To this end, we believe that it makes sense for our Foundation to focus on empowering the next generation of engineers and supporting communities where we live and work. Sensata will annually provide local community grants to qualifying 501(c)3 charitable entities that support the Company’s core initiatives including promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and supporting our communities. All organizations that receive philanthropic support must employ a non-discrimination policy and provide information detailing their impact on the community and financial responsibility.