YCN was established in 2016 by a group of minority STEM professionals who live in Richmond, California as an independent 501(c)(3) Organization. They provide after-school STEM and intervention programs for under served and disadvantaged students in the community.
Prior to starting YCN, members of YCN mentored and tutored peers in college who were also under served and disadvantaged. The work with college level students helped them see the students’ academic challenges were a result of poor and inadequate preparation at an early age. With this experience, along with being minorities in the STEM field, they were determined to make a difference.As a result, YCN was created. YCN is an intervention after school program designed to strengthen students’ academic performance, provide guidance and mentorship at an early age. As founders navigating the intersectionality of being female, immigrant, and minority –they have had to forge ahead underrepresented and unaided in STEM fields. Therefore, they have the expertise and experience in helping students coming from these communities. They are keen in spotting language barriers, lack of access, and understanding of culture in underrepresented students which often go unnoticed. They have the collective social capital to make a positive impact in the lives of students in the community because they understand many of the challenges our youth face.
As a fiscal partner of the Ed Fund, West County LEGO Robotics, the brainchild of Peter Margolis provides students in West Contra Costa School District the opportunity to build robots, and program them to move, race and compete. Students explore concepts in STEM by building and designing a self-designed project.
The Richmond Chamber of Commerce exists to provide services, resources and advocacy to foster growth in the business community and benefit West Contra Costa County. They believe a healthy community can only be maintained by a strong local economy. The Richmond Chamber represents and works for their members, which include businesses and organizations not only located in Richmond but those located elsewhere and doing business in Richmond.
They carry out their mission with a five-part approach:
- Representing Business to Government
- Promoting the Community
- Creating a Strong Local Economy
- Providing Networking Opportunities and Business Connections
Over the last several years, many Richmond community leaders have coalesced around a vision for community-governed and community-owned development. Initially catalyzed by the campaign to ensure that UC Berkeley’s planned Richmond campus reflects this vision, several partners continued to work in collaboration over the last year to design an organization that would be a vehicle for community-governed and owned development. The campus plans have gone dormant, but the vision, momentum, and need for a new structure for development remains.
The model initially developed was articulated in their report, “Structuring Development for Greater Community Opportunity.” Central to the approach is the creation of a Community-owned Development Enterprise (CDE) that has a community benefits mission, majority community leaders on its board, and the technical, legal, and financial capacity to design and carry out development projects. Most existing non-profit developers work on affordable housing projects, whereas ours would carry out commercial, educational, and public facilities projects. There are a few examples of entities that share attributes of the Richmond model, such as East Baltimore Development, Inc., Push Buffalo, and the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative. Creating such entities provides a way for moving money out of the extractive economy and into enterprises rooted in community needs, ecology and economic justice.
Lead2Play was founded by Dr. George Selleck, a nationally recognized psychologist, sports education specialist, management consultant, author and Hall of Fame athlete. Three decades ago, Dr. Selleck began to observe a shift in youth sports from the unsupervised, spontaneous play of his youth to play spaces that were run by adults, not kids, and which were often focused more on winning and less on having fun, making friends, and learning new skills. This propelled him to work to improve the sports experience for thousands of youth and their families by creating and administering programs designed to enhance youth development through positive participation in sports and fitness activities.
Dr. Selleck has spent the last 30 years constructing youth play and sports programs that put youth in charge. In addition to Lead2Play, Dr. Selleck founded Sports for Life and co-founded The Promise of Good Sports. He serves as an advisor to the EduSports program in India, and was a consultant to the U.S. State Department Education & Cultural Affairs Sports Initiative. He has written nine books for parents, athletes, coaches, and officials, including his most recent volume, Changing the Game: My Journey Through Life and Sports. Dr. Selleck has won numerous awards for his work. In 2007, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America.
The Golden Gate STEM Fair (GGSF) is a new nonprofit organization that has replaced the previously active San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair.
GGSF operates as a part of an STEM Fair Students Working Extended science competition pathway that begins with science fairs at individual junior and senior high schools. Top placing students’ projects at those schools move ahead sequentially to city, county and eventually the regional GGSF. Winners from the GGSF are eligible to compete at either the California State Science Fair or the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Almost 50,000 seventh through twelfth grade students from six San Francisco Bay Area counties participate in this progressive competition, 300 of those students compete at GGSF. The Golden Gate STEM Fair currently serves the following counties: San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, West Contra Costa, and Mendocino Counties GGSF is not simply a competition, but a science celebration that recognizes projects completed by our community’s bright and curious young minds. They provide all entrants an equal opportunity to excel based solely upon their thorough scientific research.