At a ceremony at Pegasus Park yesterday, the Dallas Foundation presented its 2022 Pegasus Prize and a $50,000 grant to Seeds 2 STEM, a social enterprise that provides STEM education workshops and after-school programs to underserved communities in Dallas-Fort Worth offers.
“Seeds 2 STEM is an education company dedicated to helping students rethink the way they think about science,” CEO Branden Williams said at WFAA this morning.
“With the award winnings, we’re launching a workplace preparedness app for high school kids,” added Williams. “We want children to have access to quality jobs and be prepared to take on decent-pay jobs in STEM fields.”
Williams says he has worked in science all his life. As a former ninth-grade biology teacher at Uplift Education in Fort Worth, he said, “I saw a discrepancy. And I wanted kids to learn more about STEM.”
The Arkansas native told the WFAA about his goals for the future. “I’m really trying to bridge the digital divide here in North Texas and in rural communities across the country,” he said. “That is my ultimate goal. And I hope one day I can take some of that knowledge back to my home state of Arkansas.”
Seeds to STEM offers workshops, family science nights, after-school programs and more
Seed 2 STEMs Youth HUB offers a career preparation solution that enables job seekers and high school students to build their job preparation skills – delivered through a self-paced, career-focused online learning management system.
Founded in 2012, Seeds to STEM claims to have served nearly 6,000 low- to middle-income families in south Dallas. The organization offers engaging scientist workshops on subjects such as physics and chemistry, matter and energy, force and motion, earth science, and living organisms and environments aligned with Science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards, and highlights STEM-related topics 21st Century Prominent Career.
“Our programs and workshops harness the power of a team of dedicated volunteers to enable students to explore scientific concepts, scientific equipment, and/or laboratory techniques in a variety of formats, including hands-on laboratory experiences, presentations in large lecture halls, and family science evenings, afternoon programs , summer enrichment programs and virtual presentations,” says Seeds 2 STEM on its YouTube channel.
Two more finalists from 2022 are there Cosmos Arts & Tech and Project Lorenzo
Besides Seeds 2 STEM, the other two finalists for the 2022 Pegasus Prize were Kosmos Arts & Tech and Project Lorenzo. Each of these organizations received a $10,000 grant from the Dallas Foundation.
“All three of these finalists embody everything that the Pegasus Prize stands for,” Matthew Randazzo, president and CEO of the Dallas Foundation, said in a recent statement. “These organizations share a focus on driving change that enables individuals to reach their full potential. We can’t wait to see how receiving the Dallas Foundation’s Pegasus Award amplifies the impact and reach of one of these incredibly valuable causes.”
Cosmos Arts & Techs switching workshop offers young adults a reflective, dynamic and creativity-driven workshop designed to help them transform their thinking into a “success mentality”.
Project Lorenzo Qualified Jobs Program helps people move out of homeless shelters and low-wage jobs by providing Google certification training and other IT skills training, mentoring, and job placement services.
A record number of over 70 organizations applied for this year’s Pegasus Awards
The Dallas Foundation’s Drexel Owusu also appeared in the WFAA’s interview this morning. He noted that the foundation received a record number of applications for this year’s Pegagus Awards from over 70 organizations across North Texas. “And last night, National Philanthropy Day, we were able to award Seeds 2 STEM,” he said.
“The intent of the Pegasus Prize is to reward and support our community’s biggest issues with fresh ideas,” Owusu added in a statement. “Seeds 2 STEM is leading the way in enabling our young people to have greater earning potential in STEM-based careers.”
The Annual Social Innovation Grant is awarded to a non-profit organization, a for-profit organization with a non-profit purpose, or a hybrid organization that applies innovative approaches to meeting community needs. Since its inception, the Pegasus Prize has been an early investor in innovative organizations, including Bonton farms, After8toEducate, Yoga N Da Hood2S industries, Impact Ventures and last, Free world.
The foundation has just surpassed $1 billion in total giving since 1929
Since 1929, the Dallas Foundation has brought together people, ideas and investments in the Dallas area so individuals and families can achieve their full potential. Earlier this month, it announced that was the case surpassed the $1 billion mark overall throughout its history. In 2021 alone, the Foundation has invested over $80 million in the community in partnership with more than 400 donors.
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