In response to the digital divide within the educational system for youth in underserved communities, one of the leading global nonprofits founded six years ago, by a then 13-year-old Black young woman, teamed up with Fortune 500 companies this week to help empower and provide educational and career resources for over 700 youth in one of the most deserving communities in Atlanta, GA.
S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations is the leading and youth-founded 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been connecting the dots between education and career in low-income and underserved communities since 2015. Founded by now 20-year-old Founder and Education Advocate, Niamani Knight, alongside the President of the organization, her mother, Nikia Richards, their mission is to ensure every student has equal access to education and career opportunities in order to create a world where diversity and access are the norm and not the exception, through innovation, education, and collaboration.
With a like-minded community and corporate partnerships in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Manufacturing, the mother-daughter duo have successfully served over 27,000 people thus far through interactive exhibitions, industry expert exposure, virtual activations, and peer support in addition to reaching over 97 million globally.
On Friday, August 27, 2021, stemming from the organization’s S.T.R.E.A.M Unplugged initiative, which is designed to help provide educational resources for youth without access, Knight and Richards galvanized and teamed up with PPG, Lockheed Martin, Home Depot amongst others to host the annual activation of S.T.R.E.A.M ATL. After 17 months of youth within marginalized communities facing challenges that were amplified during remote learning due to the lack of access to Wifi, at-home support, and more, S.T.R.E.A.M ATL helped ignite the students to go after limitless possibilities through the empowerment and resources provided by the 501c3 organization and their partnering corporations.
Each student received basic school supplies such as reams of paper, alongside COVID supplies, writing tablets, and more. In addition, to being equipped and learning about sustainability while combating food insecurity through gardening boxes provided by Home Depot and Scotts.
The students were also celebrated by 23 members of the Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts High School Drumline and cheer squad. In addition, they had a special visit by the Mayor of East Point, Deana