OST Community of Practice

The purpose of the STEMSTL Community of Practice (CoP) iss to bring together STEM Out-of-School Time (OST) programs to explore the intersection of quality and anti-racism with the goal of improving STEM OST programming for youth in the St. Louis region. We realize that the most marginalized St. Louisans are underrepresented in STEM programs and STEM careers. Our approach is to take an introspective look at programming, policies, and practices that can change this current paradigm through shared learning, guest experts, collaborative work, and brave conversation. We have partnered with Strategic Community Partners to help facilitates this program.

Next Cohort Announcement

Learning and seeing the impact of our inaugural community of practice cohort, we are launching our second cohort. We are seeking 10 programs that offer summer experiences for youth. These organizations are committed to learning and progressing as antiracist, high-quality programs for youth – openly, honestly, and with a lens of constant learning and commitment to community, including this community of practice.

Applications for Cohort 2 open on November 29th and close December 21st. For more info, join us on December 2nd at 5:30pm for an informational webinar, and access the full Community of Practice info packet below.

2021 Cohort Exit Survey Highlights

Congratulations to our inaugural class for completing the first OST Community of Practice. These ten programs are committed to learning and progressing as antiracist, high-quality programs for youth-openly, honestly, and with a lens of constant learning and commitment to community. Read about the full COP cohort experience and Impact Report here!

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2021 OST Community of Practice Cohort