STEM’s For Youth program nominated for State Farm Neighborhood Assist
By Chuck Gibson
LOVELAND, OH (August 17, 2021) – The STEM’s For Youth program was founded by Evan Osgood with his sister Morlan and brother Allen in 2009 to make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fun for kids of all ages. Today the nonprofit program needs your help to win the $25K grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist
Osgood is entering his junior year at Loveland High School (LHS). His sister and brother have both graduated from college and currently work in the STEM profession of computer technology. Their STEM’s For Youth program is in its 12th year, and has served close to 150,000 students in Loveland and other cities around the nation. Osgood pointed to the fact 80% of those who have participated in the program have expressed interest in pursuing STEM as their field of study and work.
“This is STEM’s For Youth; it’s a nonprofit organization all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education,” said Osgood. “We focus on teaching platforms kids already like. For example, Minecraft is a big thing kids enjoy. We take Minecraft and use it as an educational school. You can teach math, area and volume; all the way up to weighted equations and calculus.”
You may remember reading about Evan Osgood here in the digital pages of Loveland Beacon in February of this year when he was recognized as a Presidential Points of Light Award-winner for his work providing PPE to tens of thousands of people all around the United States with his SOS for PPE program. He was an LHS sophomore then. Wednesday, August 18, will be more than just the first day of back-to-school for Evan; it is also the first day of the nine-day voting period for the 200 State Farm Neighborhood Assist finalists which will end Friday, August 27.
“We got nominated for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program,” Osgood explained. “That is a national program that selects 200 organizations nationally to be finalists. That’s where we are right now; we’re a finalist.”
There will be a public vote beginning Wednesday, August 18, and running through Friday, August 27, with the public selecting the top 40 vote getters. The list of the 40 winning causes will be posted on the State Farm site at 9:00:01 A.M. ET on Wednesday, September 29. Each of those top 40 vote winners meeting all the entry criteria will then receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Osgood says STEM’s For Youth needs your vote.
“Anybody with a valid email address who is 18 or older can vote,” said Osgood.
The State Farm Neighborhood Assist site provides the following information on the voting process:
When does voting start?
Voting will begin at 12:00:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and continue through 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Friday, August 27, 2021.
How does voting work?
To vote for a cause, simply click on the vote button on that cause’s page. (In this case, use this unique voting link for STEM’s For Youth) You may vote up to 10 times a day for 10 days, for as many causes as you like. You’ll need a valid email address to vote. Don’t forget to keep coming back and voting for the causes you care about most!
Kennedy, Jonathan, Matt and Drake are all student volunteers who went through the STEM’s For Youth program as campers and came back to pass-it-forward as counselors!
Remember your vote(s) count toward earning $25K to support the STEM’s For Youth programs in Loveland, OH. Where will the $25,000 go?
“It will go back into purchasing new equipment for STEM’s For Youth,” Osgood said. “That might be buying computers; we use Surfaces. That will buy a lot of them. They work well. It will all go back into the organization.”