Motivating Ambitious Youth Alliance (MAYA) is the result of a passion to help students recognize the potential they have through STEM Learning. According to the Department of Education, “ In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM”.
As STEM educators, we have a challenging, but exciting task ahead of us. All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think critically, positioning them to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the demanding challenges facing our nation, both today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, not enough of our youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these disciplines as springboards for their careers.
MAYA has partnered with the University of Georgia and staff from Clark Atlanta and is led by a team who firmly believe that all students have the talent and potential to achieve their dreams. Our focus is to address self-awareness, goal-setting, communication, trust and productive life skills for our youth. They are our innovators of tomorrow.
MAYA’s mission is to engage students with hands-on STEM learning and robotic activities, preparing them to be innovators and pioneers of tomorrow. We also strategize to enhance skills, increase knowledge in working with and transforming the lives of young readers. We encourage reading with many different forms of children’s and adolescents’ literature and inspire further exploration of literature for young readers.