4th Compton Black Family Conference-Science, Tech, Engineering, Math
(Compton, Calif.) The Awaken the Greatness Foundation (ATG) is hosting its 4th Annual Black Family Conference on Saturday, October 8 at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) in the City of Compton. With a purpose of connecting local Black families with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) resources in Los Angeles County, the conference strives to close the achievement gap and increase diversity in STEM education.
This year’s theme, “STEMing From Greatness,” the conference will feature interactive workshop sessions for both parents and youth. TAM is located within the Compton airport and provides numerous programming for children of color in STEM activities and beyond.
“We are so fortunate to have the conference held here this year,” said Robin Petgrave, TAM’s founder. Compton is a hub city centrally located and the people that need to be exposed to STEM the most will have the best access.”
African Americans Under Represented in Science and Tech Fields
With the underrepresentation of African Americans in the science and technological fields, ATG felt a need to change that by bringing the tools and resources to African American families. “We wanted to bring our conference to TAM this year because not enough families are aware of this gem in the Compton community,” said Mary Fletcher, president of ATG. “The purpose of our conferences is to link families to resources and to improve academic and social outcomes for their children.”
The conference’s gold sponsor, West Basin Municipal Water District, has joined thiscommunity platform for a second year in a row to help ensure that families won’t have to pay to attend this valuable conference.
“We’re especially honored to help advance the mission of the STEM Program and help educate students in critical learning areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said West Basin’s Board of Director Harold C. Williams. As a civil engineer who happens to be Black, I believe that it’s important to teach our youth the importance of a strong education, particularly in these technical fields of study. Our youth truly are our future and we want to provide them with the right resources to guide them on the path to success,” he added.
ATG encourages all STEM programs in Los Angeles County to have a resource table at the conference. There is no registration fee for families to attend the conference and seating is limited. Youth will receive a free book by an African American author, as well as school supplies. Each family will also receive a grocery voucher. For more information and to register your family or become a vendor, visit www.awakenthegreatness.org or contact 323-743-3660.