Intel funds culturally diverse STEM
programs at Si Se Puede Foundation
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
Intel and Si Se Puede Foundation have teamed up to encourage more students to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Intel and Si Se Puede have worked together for many years since the nonprofit’s founding in 1993, and Intel employees have volunteered close to 4,000 hours over the last five years to support Si Se Puede’s efforts, according to a press release.
Most recently, Intel provided the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a $5,000 donation to help serve students through inclusive programs and opportunities in the field. The donation will go directly to launch new programs, upgrade learning materials, support community events, and enable them to reach to more students, the release states.
“Our staff and mentors work diligently to inspire every student that comes through our door. For many underserved youths, our programs provide a chance to grow their confidence and skills,” said Faridodin Lajvardi, president and CEO at STEM initiatives of the Si Se Puede Foundation. “It takes an incredible effort to keep resources running. With Intel’s financial support and employee giving, the growth and sustainability of our programs can continue.”
Through the Si Se Puede Foundation, thousands of students from various socioeconomic backgrounds have been provided with opportunities to connect with STEM professionals and spark a passion in pursuing STEM careers.
“Intel proudly invests in organizations who are building up future leaders, innovators, and world changers like the Si Se Puede Foundation does,” said Ashutosh Bakhle, vice president of Internet of Things Group at Intel Corporation and board member of Si Se Puede Foundation.
“For nearly 30 years, the Si Se Puede Foundation has been cultivating an environment where at-hope youth can flourish in STEM and believe in themselves. We have seen firsthand the countless success stories that have emerged from their dedication to the community they serve.”
Today, the Si Se Puede Foundation is home to an expanding list of programs including Degrees of Freedom, a high school student-led robotics team, and Desert WAVE, a women’s autonomous underwater vehicle team. In addition to their world class programs, the Si Se Puede Foundation provides spaces for their students to get hands-on experiences with manufacturing machinery, robotics, filming equipment and 3D printing.