The STEM Alliance



The Schenectady STEM Alliance is a coalition of leaders working to bridge the divide between under-resourced students and the growing opportunities in Tech Valley. By increasing collaboration between the private, non-profit and educational actors, we can more effectively build awareness for and improve access to STEM educational and career opportunities.

STEMAlliance--Neg.pngThe STEM Alliance was organized by the Schenectady Foundation in 2016. The Foundation supports the Alliance with staff time, organizational capacity, research, and fundraising.

The Opportunity 

Long a center of industrial production and innovation, Schenectady is experiencing a resurgence of its science and technology sectors. Established employerslike GE are joined by a growing ecosystem of startups, incubators, and strong educational institutions, creating a diverse range of STEM-related career opportunities.

Yet the fortunes of our city’s families and youth continue to decline. There is a high level of poverty among children and youth, and our underfunded schools struggle to keep pace with the offerings of suburban areas. As a result, our young men and women are far less likely to have exposure to STEM programming, or see STEM careers as viable choices.

Our Vision for the Community

  • Schenectady will become an academic playground for all children -- K-12 and their families – providing access and opportunities to exercise their curiosity, creativity and intelligence in the exploration of STEM-related fields.
  • STEM opportunities will be transparent and readily accessible to all students.
  • Schenectady’s rich history of innovation will be embraced as a commonly understood backdrop for what can be possible in the community’s future, and for what can be possible for our children in that future.
  • Increasingly, Schenectady students will choose to explore STEM-related in-school, extra-curricular and community programs, pursue STEM course work, and be connected to STEM professionals, higher education and/or career pathways.
  • A large and diverse cadre of mentors*, allies and benefactors working professionally in STEM fields will be readily available and engaged with students and K-12 educators

Join the STEM Alliance             

Members of the Alliance may be organizations, corporations or individuals.  There is no fee to be a member, however, all members are expected to participate within the word and spirit of the MOU, which shall include:

  • Regular participation in Alliance meetings or events;
  • Sharing information about programs;
  • Collaborating when appropriate on programs, projects and funding opportunities;
  • Sharing resources to improve and promote efforts by the Alliance or its members;
  • Provide specific support to the Alliance as each member is capable:  E.g.  outreach to key stakeholders, recruitment and/or training of STEM mentors; offering access to research and program best practices; providing in-kind resources to advance the Alliance vision, etc.