Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America is establishing four new ‘Centers of Innovation’ at Boys & Girls Clubs that serve a high population of military youth, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego will receive one of these world-class transformations. The centers are being funded through the company’s $5 million, multi-year commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, part of Raytheon’s recent $10 million pledge to support military veterans and their families.
Located in California, Colorado, Florida and Texas the Clubs are:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
• Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region
• Eglin AFB Youth Center
• Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio
The centers will provide military youth access to advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. A fully dedicated STEM expert will offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help youth program participants develop their STEM skills and critical thinking. In the U.S., STEM jobs are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as those in any other field by 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“Making STEM learning fun and engaging for our youth is incredibly important to help spark a passion in these fields. We’re grateful to Raytheon for helping make this a reality for local military kids and teens at our Club,” said Danny Sherlock, BGCGSD President/CEO. “All youth deserve great futures, and the Center of Innovation will help keep our youth on track scholastically and personally as they navigate the unique life of a military child.”
The life of a military family is unique. On average, military families move six to nine times before their children graduate high school – about three times more often than civilian families. Boys & Girls Clubs of America aim to bring consistency and continuity to their lives; the club atmosphere provides continuity for military children, whether living on or off a military base.
“Boys & Girls Clubs in local communities and in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on military installations offer a safe and engaging place for military kids and teens to help address the unique circumstances that they navigate during formative years,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “With Raytheon's support, we’ll be able to impact more of our military heroes’ kids to help them achieve great futures in areas of science, math or wherever their interests take them.”