A Letter From The Founder
Dear Prospective Donor,
Will you help us meet our goal?
Providing the conditions for positive youth development is a responsibility shared by families, schools, and communities. My name is LaTressa Moses, and I’m the founder and chief executive director of S.T.E.M. 101, Inc., which is currently based in my hometown, Ocilla, Georgia. S.T.E.M. 101 also known as Striving To Empower Many aims to empower teens in under-resourced communities by providing them with the opportunities to learn the skills they need. We do this through our enrichment program, JumpStart, which offers a range of learning experiences for teens that includes non-formal education, mentoring, trips, and more to empower teens with the skills and knowledge necessary as they progress through adolescence to young adulthood. Born and raised in Ocilla myself, resources were limited. There was not much in place for the youth that would present them with other opportunities outside of the formal school system to help guide them to become their best and expose them to new experiences. Within the last few years, I’ve seen an increase in violence along with other concerning issues in my community and it's time that our youth have alternative environments that will challenge their outlook on life and present them with new opportunities.
This program is dear to my heart as I’ve been working on its vision and contributing to the funding personally since 2015 and it has been a task. The reason is that, for a long time, I was unaware of the resources available to assist with programs such as this one. This year will be our 10th anniversary and the direction I foresee for the program is far beyond and bigger than me. STEM 101 first community effort was in 2015, in which 5 book bags and supplies were donated to our local Department of Family and Children Services. In 2016, our first mentoring initiative was launched and we worked with 5 young ladies; however, due to not quite understanding the program and lacking a plan, I became overwhelmed and paused the mentoring group. In 2022, I was prompted to re-launch the mentoring program and with guidance and support, developed a plan of action. During enrollment, we had 5 girls to sign up. In 2023 enrollment, we had 11 girls to sign up including 5 returning members. We are currently serving young ladies from Ocilla and two other neighboring communities.
Moreover, the building we’re working to renovate and repair was donated by my parents. It was initially my mom’s business, Small Wonders, a daycare she owned and operated for 10 years helping families until she eventually had to close to support with caring for her mom. The building has been vacant and vandalized and needs a lot of work. It has been estimated that our cost is $150,000 to properly secure, renovate, and supply the necessary equipment.
While we are thankful for those who have allowed us to utilize their sites, we hope you will consider donating $1, $5, $10, or whatever is laid on your heart towards helping us establish a safe place of our own to encourage, equip, and empower teens. Thank you in advance and please help us spread the word.
Go Fundme Direct Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/6as7sa-investing-in-the-next-generation