Since 1972 Metropolitan Ministries has been servicing poor and homeless families in the Tampa Bay area. They are a local, independent, faith-based nonprofit committed to providing hope. They offer many different services from providing food to those who are in need to housing and caring for homeless families. Homelessness is especially difficult for children. No home, no bed, no roof over their heads at all, no matter what it looks like homelessness leaves kids feeling insecure. These vulnerable kids are at risk for abuse, behavior issues, school failure and more.
In order to combat these issues, the Broadrick Family Foundation has teamed up with Metropolitan Ministries to offer the STEAM program. This program will provide a supportive environment where children can gain the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) proficiencies they need to pursue education and career goals to escape the cycle of poverty. This program will include classes on web design, mobile app development, videography, a Robotics Club for designing and building robots, creative math through art project, and field trips to educate and inspire a love for STEAM disciplines.
Metropolitan Ministries STEAM student success will be measured by surveys upon entering and exiting the program. They will also provide progress reports of how the children are doing with their projects. We are very excited to see how this grassroots program will make an impact on the lives of these budding engineers, mathematicians, and web developers!