Educational Communities Worldwide developed over the span of two years (2016-2018) as an idea to help young graduates gain employable skills while developing a level of integrity as a professional. University, business, community, and primary school partners determined that children needed a better grasp of mathematics and science (and fundamental literacy skills) along with an awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career opportunities in order to achieve academic success and see a reason to do the hard work required to succeed in technical subjects. Partners identified existing and lacking resources and strategies to meet these needs and designed group mentoring and after-school club programs to link resources and people with youth. These needs remain Educom’s focus today.
We want university students to become key stakeholders, forming their own future with the support of Educom Founders, Board, and management who have collectively volunteered some 20,000 hours of mentoring service to youth over several years. Their enthusiasm will forever provide career mentors, job shadowing and business tour opportunities, as well as support for consumable materials used in educational clubs on campuses.