July 23, 2014
by Vera Johnson
At the Y, kids challenge their bodies and minds. This summer, YMCA of San Diego County is proud to offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Skate Camp for nearly 100 kids, thanks to a $15K grant from Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds program. Funds also help to support Clash at Clairemont, an annual fundraising event, celebrating all things skate, bike, BMX and benefiting the YMCA Krause Family Skate & Bike Park in San Diego.
Connect a Million Minds is Time Warner Cable’s five-year $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Launched in November 2009 in conjunction with President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign, Connect a Million Minds engages Time Warner Cable employees, customers and community leaders in addressing the growing need for a STEM-skilled workforce.
The YMCA Skateboard Camp will be held at the YMCA Krause Family Skate & Bike Park and is for kids 6 – 15 years old. Kids will skate plus learn the mechanics and physiology behind the skateboard. They will learn the angles and build a board and may eventually drop into the largest vertical ramp on the West Coast! Camp dates run through August 4, 2014. Visit http://www.missionvalley.ymca.org/stem-skate-camp.html to sign up for YMCA STEM Skate Camp.
“From swimming lessons to science and engineering, the Y values all learning in innovative and creative ways,” said Shelly McTighe-Rippengale, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, YMCA of San Diego County. “Time Warner Cable’s generous donation will make a lasting difference in our community; more kids will now have access to hands-on, project based learning experiences.”
YMCA of San Diego County held its first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Pilot Project in July 2012. Kids from City Heights and Memorial Prep Middle School in Logan Heights increased their knowledge of STEAM content areas by 16% in just two short weeks. Ever since, the Y has been committed to incorporating more STEAM/STEM learning opportunities into Y programs including after school programs and day camps throughout San Diego.
TWC’s Connect a Million Minds initiative promotes
science, technology, engineering and math so that our kids will compete
successfully in the world. For more
information, go to www.connectamillionminds.com.
Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable Inc.
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services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to
entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class
offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower
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hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the
advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local
companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services
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About Connect a Million Minds. Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships. To learn more about Connect a Million Minds, visitwww.connectamillionminds.com.
About The YMCA of San Diego County. The YMCA of San Diego County is the second largest Y in the nation serving hundreds of thousands of San Diego County residents and employing more than 4,500 people. Through a variety of programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y unites men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body. Visit www.ymca.org to find your local YMCA or call (858) 292- YMCA (9622).