Samsung Electronics America, Inc., partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure Clubs provide youth a place to become tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. are committed to empowering youth to explore a future in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Developed to prepare tomorrow's leaders for an increasingly STEM-focused future, the partnership helps shape great STEM experiences for Boys & Girls Club members across the country.

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Since 2014, Samsung has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to deliver technology, customized curriculums and new learning spaces that enable youth to explore and learn about STEM. The partnership is also focused on building the collective expertise of youth development professionals providing STEM programming at Clubs nationwide. The collaboration with Samsung is aimed at helping Boys & Girls Clubs of America reach the goal of engaging 50 percent of members in STEM programming by 2020.

The partnership has supported the DIY STEM program within Boys & Girls Clubs, which brought STEM programming to 25 Clubs and STEM training to 150 Club professionals. The project-based program provides youth with opportunities for critical thinking and peer exchange, and is a key component of BGCA’s engineering pathway with modules including energy and electricity, engineering design, food chemistry, aeronautics and the science of sports.

Now, the partnership is deepening this impact by enabling Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to advance STEM initiatives within their organization through programs tailored for youth in their community. The partnership meets Clubs and kids where they are, at all skill, resource- and interest-levels, to introduce youth to STEM, teach foundational skills, provide exposure to career opportunities and ignite a life-long passion for STEM.

In 2019, Samsung will provide grants to 10 Boys & Girls Clubs to support their continued execution of STEM programming. This can include implementing the DIY STEM program or offering another STEM curriculum to members. These Club sites will also join BGCA’s national STEM learning community for Club professionals, with the goal of continuing to expand and elevate the impact of STEM programming at Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. Youth development professionals at the 10 sites will participate in BGCA’s STEM facilitator cohort to encourage best-practice sharing and communication amongst program facilitators nationally.

STEM Programs Afterschool

Afterschool programs provide exposure to STEM activities and encourage participation in STEM-related career paths, particularly with youth who come from populations and communities that are underrepresented in STEM fields. They encourage participation through interesting, enjoyable activities that ignite interest and provide opportunities to try something new or practice what they’ve learned in school. Through project-based learning environments, they offer activities that relate to real-world experiences, which are needed in STEM careers or jobs in any industry. Afterschool STEM programs also provide kids a safe, supportive place where they can be creative, fail, and persevere, enabling the development of youth’s social and emotional skills as well, which are critical to future success.

As part of Boys & Girls Clubs STEM initiative, the partnership with Samsung has contributed to changing perceptions with Club youth:

  • 12th-grade Boys & Girls Club members are more than twice as likely to express an interest in a STEM career as 12th graders nationally (56 percent of 12th-grade Club members compared with 25 percent of 12th graders nationally)

  • 12th-grade Boys & Girls Club girls are more than three times more likely to express an interest in a STEM career as 12th-grade girls nationally (51 percent of Club 12th-grade girls compared with 14 percent of 12th-grade girls nationally).

Impact on Kids

Through partnering with Samsung, we expanded access to the DIY STEM program and developed the Climate Superstars Challenge. The DIY STEM program serves as the entry-point for all members' STEM learning experience at Clubs and provides youth exposure to STEM through five modules: Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Aeronautics and the Science of Sports: Football. Climate Superstars aims to encourage youth to raise awareness about climate change and motivate them to take actions that help protect the environment.

Samsung's partnership enables interactive, hands-on learning while providing students with new perspectives on STEM careers and access to the latest technology. In addition, our partnership with Samsung goes beyond our programs and includes cause marketing initiatives that help promote awareness and drive donations for the organization. Through exclusive access to unique experiences such as the Las Vegas Galaxy Studio pop-up with singer Kelly Rowland and music producer and artist DJ Marshmello and a Winter Wonderland video production featuring YouTube star Casey Neistat, Samsung helps expand their understanding of STEM and encourages them to be the next generation of creators and innovators.

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Impact on Clubs

Samsung puts cutting edge technologies in the hands of underserved youth at Clubs across the country who otherwise wouldn't have access. Through state-of-the-art Tween Tech Centers outfitted with the latest technologies, including laptops, tablets, and more, Samsung has helped modernize the learning spaces at Boys & Girls Clubs.  Samsung has put cutting-edge technologies in the hands of underserved youth at Clubs across the country who otherwise may not have access. Through state-of-the-art Tween Tech Centers outfitted with tablets, laptops and the latest technologies, Samsung has helped modernize the learning spaces at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Impact on Movement

The partnership has also equipped our Youth Development Professionals with essential technology and resources to implement the DIY STEM curriculum with fidelity at Clubs across the country and on military installations around the world. BGCA is proud to have Samsung as a partner in STEM education and environmental sustainability.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today's technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America's fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit For the latest Samsung news, please visit and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.