School’s Out Washington and the Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA at Pacific Lutheran University a grant for $14,000 from its Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund.

This grant will expose underrepresented Tacoma/South Puget Sound students to STEM topics and hands-on activities at home.

“This grant is important to MESA because these students of color represent the future. We are doing amazing work in the community and getting this grant shows how engaged and committed PLU is when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the STEM field,” said Penda Samba, MESA program director. “We are planning to use the grant by enforcing strong STEM-related activities and innovative virtual programming.”

The grant will be used to purchase at-home science kits, iPads for students to check-out, and peer tutoring services. Learn more at  Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced schools to move to remote learning. School’s Out Washington is an organization that provides aide and support to after school programs in Washington. The Washington State Department of Commerce and School’s Out Washington allocated $9.4 million to support schools.

This post is based off a press release from Pacific Lutheran University, written by Veronica Craker.