Oui Stem Academy

Oui Stem Academy

1. Which of the 17 SDGs is your organization working towards and actively promoting?

2. Please describe the actions/objectives towards achieving the SDGs that you have selective above.

Oui STEM Academy mixes a unique amount of needs assessment, advocacy and action. Over the next 5 year we plan to advance SDG4 Quality Education, and SDG5 – Gender Equality in the following way;

  • The release of our Students Who STEM journal
  • We have an aggressive target of having 2,020 new students engaged in education STEM by 2020
  • We plan to start a transborder initiative with HBCUs in the United States to engage learners in unique experiences
  • Oui STEM Academy will release publications that support needs assessment findings
  • Oui STEM Academy will engage 10 new community partners in order to carry programming that connects more students in more communities with quality STEM education

Without giving away too much of our strategic plan, Oui STEM Academy will really accelerate growth in education and gender equality over the next few years.

3. Please specify the impact of your organization’s actions on the SDGs

SDG4 – Quality Education

  • Oui STEM Academy has impacted hundreds of lives
  • Oui STEM Academy has received over 20 abstracts from students aged 12+ regarding how science, technology, engineering, mathematics can be used to impact social change
  • Through partnerships with other organization Oui STEM Academy assists with facilitating workshops, classes, and advocacy.

SDG5 – Gender Equality

  • Oui STEM Academy has had their message heard by being represented in a March 7, 2018 discussion on preparing for jobs of the future. This was ahead of the March 27-28 ministerial meeting in Montreal. The information provided by each member on the call clarified the complex barriers to access for women as well as diverse opportunities for growth, support and acceleration. The work Oui STEM Academy does in this space is incredibly important and on March 7, 2018 we were able to lend our voice (and the voice of women we serve) to the officials making the decisions that impact our lives.
  • In conjunction with other organization over 2,000 girls in the Greater Toronto Area have been exposed to STEM programing.
  • The Oui STEM Academy “Students who STEM” initiative has already engaged over 50 girls in a massive pilot project to expose them to unique educational opportunities, whilst impacting social change.

4. Please describe your goals/action plans to advance the SDGs that you have selective above in the next 5 years.

Oui STEM Academy mixes a unique amount of needs assessment, advocacy and action. Over the next 5 year we plan to advance SDG4 Quality Education, and SDG5 – Gender Equality in the following way;

  • The release of our Students Who STEM journal
  • We have an aggressive target of having 2,020 new students engaged in education STEM by 2020
  • We plan to start a transborder initiative with HBCUs in the United States to engage learners in unique experiences
  • Oui STEM Academy will release publications that support needs assessment findings
  • Oui STEM Academy will engage 10 new community partners in order to carry programming that connects more students in more communities with quality STEM education

Without giving away too much of our strategic plan, Oui STEM Academy will really accelerate growth in education and gender equality over the next few years.

5. Does your organization engage in any partnerships to advance the SDGs?

Partnership are a key pillar of Oui STEM Academy’s work. We believe heavily that in order the affect efficacious change, organizations should partner. Strategic not-for-profit partnerships allow small organization such as our own to impact a larger student base and improve our reach. For Oui STEM Academy, we offer and receive additional resources, expand our competitive edge, offer our current student base new opportunities we are otherwise unable to fiscally prove and strengthen areas of weakness.

6. How are you communicating and measuring your impact towards the SDGs

Oui STEM Academy has identified effective performance measure of effectiveness for community impact assessment. We have also committed ourselves to provide data on the effective changes that occur based on our programing.

A balanced project for OSA is a project that is safe to facilitate, occurs in the communities, and are spaces that are most conducive to learning. Our projects have direct ties to SDG deliverables and as such our projects are to be harmonious with the communities and tailored to the area, resources and cultural nuances.

We combine public involvement, statistical analysis and peer review to ensure our programming remains effective and cutting edge.

A few examples of our community impact measuring involve:

Participation

  • The sheer number of participants
  • The number of hours donated to our causes

Student Learning

  • Improved tangible assessments (i.e tests)
  • Commitment to programming
  • Improved awareness, technical skills and exposure

Agency Impact

  • Overall offers for collaboration
  • The increased presence at workshops, consultations, conferences etc.
  • Gathering and dissemination of valuable quantitative data related to project goals and identified outcomes

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