Metro United Way awarded BrainSTEM University $50,000 through the Black L.O.V.E. grant. The Black L.O.V.E. (Live. Own. Vote. Excel) grant  is a philanthropic partnership based on BMe’s Black L.O.V.E. agenda.

BrainSTEM will use the grant to operate robot training camps for black JCPS students that currently don’t have access to robotics programs at their school. Additionally, BrainSTEM will provide coaches and robotics workshops to prepare students for the JCPS RoboRumble robotics competition. 

Because of the generosity of Metro United Way, students may apply for scholarships to cover the cost of the camp. Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and STEMulate Empowerment, a local nonprofit, will support BrainSTEM in operating the robot training camps. 

“We’re grateful for the support of Metro United Way to help increase access to STEM education. I’m also grateful for the other organizations that received an award to continue their good work for the community. We want to ensure students of color have the opportunity to learn valuable STEM skills and compete in STEM competitions. Providing opportunities to win builds students’ confidence and encourages them to learn more.” Ricky Mason, CEO of BrainSTEM

BrainSTEM robot training camps will start in January. Registration opens December 3rd. Register for the robot training camps and other STEM programs here

Metro United Way awarded the Black L.O.V.E. grant to community organizations in Louisville, KY. The purpose of the investment is to pool philanthropic resources and collective thought leadership to invest in Black social change. BrainSTEM University is a K-12 STEM education organization preparing students for STEM careers. BrainSTEM teaches robotics, computer programming, and engineering in person and online using BrainSTEM Metaversity.