Big donation launches Big Brothers, Big Sisters STEM program

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A big donation helped launch a new program at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. 

Representatives from NIPSCO presented a $50,000 check to leaders at Big Brothers, Big Sisters Tuesday for a new STEM program.

The program will be called ‘The NIPSCO Academy: Mentoring Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.’

“Jobs are moving to science, technology, engineering and math,” Jennifer Montague from NIPSCO told WANE 15 News. “We wanted to make possible for these kids future opportunities. They’re going to be working on things like robotics, medicine, energy industry, so maybe one day they become engineers at NIPSCO, so we’re excited about making this $50,000 donation to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana.”

The program will focus on young adults from 13 to 22 years old, who are working on their futures. It will provide them one on one mentoring they don’t get in a classroom.

“Igniting this passion in our littles doesn’t just get them excited for STEM fields, but it also helps to counterbalance the fear that a lot of our kids have around things like science and math, which are actually really amazing fields, but because they hold so much fear around them, it really helps to open it up and show how amazing and fun they are to interact with,” Monica Mendoza from Big Brothers, Big Sisters added. 

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