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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana said there is a strong need to help kids explore career options, and with the help of NIPSCO they can do that.
"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 really amazing fields, but because they hold so much fear around them, it really helps to just open it up to show how fun and amazing they are too," Monica Mendoza, Training and Development Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters said.
NIPSCO donated a $50,000 grant to help launch The NIPSCO Academy, which focuses on mentoring youth in science , technology, engineering and math.
The program intends to help bigs and littles get more exposure to these things making them college and career ready.
"Jobs are moving toward science, technology, engineering and math. We wanted to it make possible for these kids future opportunities, so they're going to be working on things like robotics, things that can help them in the field of medicine, things that can help them in the energy industry. Maybe one day they can be engineers at NIPSCO," Jennifer Montague, Vice President of Communications for NIPSCO said.
More than 33% percent of the kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters are between the ages of 13-22 which they say is a great age to introduce them to STEM. Joshua Metcalf and his little Robert are very excited to be a part of it.
"It's going to be able to keep their interest more, and I think that's a huge benefit to all of these kids," Metcalf said.
They said this gives them a different environment to learn without the pressure of worrying about grades.