Jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying in America. Like virtually all jobs today, they require skills that are in high demand: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, perseverance and experimentation. Afterschool STEM programs are stepping up to help young people gain these skills and prepare for future success.

The new STEM Ready America compendium highlights the powerful stories of success from across the country and the latest in the growing body of research on the important role afterschool learning plays in providing the skills that are in high demand by employers in today’s workforce. Use these tools as you talk about and share this resource.

STEM Ready America Overview

Kids in afterschool programs get hooked on STEM early, and that spark leads to a world of possibilities. Review this overview document that highlights the compendium’s themes, quotes, and excerpted author list.


Social Media Toolkit

Click here for a toolkit comprised of Facebook and Twitter afterschool STEM graphics, sample tweets and Facebook posts that you can use, and Facebook and Twitter tips for suggestions, hashtags and handles.


STEM Learning in Afterschool: March 1 Event Overview

Leaders and policymakers from 30 states convened in Washington, D.C. to learn about new research and resources that make the case for creating more STEM-related afterschool programs and learning opportunities nationwide. Learn more about this event.


Education Week: Study Links After-School Programs to Improved STEM Knowledge

Education Week post from contributing writer Marva Hinton on the Afterschool & STEM System Building Evaluation 2016 study set to be released later this month about the impact of after-school programs with a STEM focus.


U.S. News & World Report: After-school Programs Foster STEM Skills

U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions post from contributor Anzish Mirza on release of STEM Ready America in Washington, D.C. and findings from the new Afterschool & STEM: System Building Evaluation 2016 study.