Thirteen Cities Selected For Their Plans To Bolster STEM Mentorship For Underrepresented Students


CONTACT:  Oscar Robles, US2020, 347.977.0022, [email protected]

 November 12, 2013– Boston, MA – Today US2020 announced the finalists of the first round of its national City Competition. Thirteen cities were chosen from a pool of 52 applicants. The US2020 City Competition is capitalizing on the role of cities as centers for innovation, supporting outstanding efforts to build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentoring capacity at the local level.

The 13 finalists include:

  • Allentown, PA

  • Baton Rouge, LA

  • Boston, MA

  • Charlotte, NC

  • Chicago, IL

  • Houston, TX

  • Indianapolis, IN

  • New York, NY

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Research Triangle Park, NC

  • San Francisco, CA

  • Tulsa, OK

  • Wichita, KS

Applicants built coalitions that spanned multiple sectors, bringing together the stakeholders necessary to significantly expand access to hands-on STEM learning for women and girls, low-income students, and underrepresented minorities. The projects submitted vary in scope and all plan to mobilize STEM professionals to work with underrepresented students.

Together, these applicants represent:

  • Over 500 organizations, including more than 200 nonprofits, 62 school districts, and almost 100 businesses

  • Nine of the ten largest cities in the country

  • 29 different states

“Through the City Competition, cities are tapping into their most powerful resources -- their citizens,” said Eric Schwarz, Executive Chairman of US2020 and Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools. “With representation from such diverse coalitions, we know that we’ve begun to stimulate a movement and are well on our way to achieving our vision of making 1 million high quality STEM mentoring matches by the year 2020."

Finalists will move onto the second round of the selection process, joining peers and STEM experts in Boston for "Ideas Camp," a 2-day strategy session to take place on December 4-5 and help teams move their plans from concept to implementation. The second round applications will be due in January and the awarded cities will be announced in February. Winning cities will share nearly $1 million in direct and in-kind support, including:

  • A cohort of on-the ground service corps members to help implement their plans

  • Access to a state-of the-art online volunteer matching platform

  • Funds to hire a local project manager

  • Pro bono consulting services from a top consulting firm to help operationalize their plans

  • Participation in communities of practice with national leaders in STEM

  • National recognition as leaders in the STEM mentoring movement

US2020 enlisted national leaders in the fields of STEM education, workforce development and civic innovation to serve as judges for the US2020 City Competition. These individuals include:

  • Blair Christie, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Cisco

  • Jan Cuny, Program Officer, National Science Foundation

  • Mark Greenlaw, VP of Sustainability and Educational Affairs, Cognizant

  • Congressman Mike Honda, 17th Congressional District, California

  • Surya Kant, President, Tata Consultancy Services North America, UK, and Europe

  • Michael Lach, Director of STEM Policy and Strategic Initiatives, University of Chicago Urban Education Institute

  • Sanjay Mehrotra, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, SanDisk

  • Andre Sayles, Principal Deputy Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, US Dept. of Energy

  • David Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership

US2020 anticipates that participation from the cities alone will prompt action among regional STEM stakeholders, amplifying the City Competition’s impact beyond the winner’s circle.

About US2020

US2020 is a new organization formed through a partnership of leading education non-profits and corporate leaders in the STEM field. The initiative emerged from a White House call to generate big, innovative solutions to our STEM education challenge, with a focus on increasing access to STEM careers for girls, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and low-income children. US2020 will be incubated within Citizen Schools, a leading education non-profit and will become a standalone non-profit entity in 2014. US2020 relies on a committed and growing community of public, private, non-profit and individual partners.




AuthorOscar Robles