IGNITE Worldwide was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) by the The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is given to individuals and organizations who demonstrate excellence in, “teaching or mentoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).” It is considered one of the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-6 and 7-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science (STEM) mentors who work with underrepresented groups.
“On behalf of the White House I am honored to express the Nation’s gratitude for the tireless dedication that these men and women bring to educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians,” said Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy. “Each day more and more jobs require a strong foundation in STEM education, so the work that you do as teachers and mentors helps ensure that all students can have access to limitless opportunities and the brightest of futures.”
The IGNITE Worldwide Program is aligned with school curriculum and coordinated directly through Career and Technical Education teachers at each school, with a goal of helping recruit and retain nontraditional students in STEM classes and clubs. Our mission is to be the answer to achieving gender equity in STEM by ensuring equal access for all girls and nonbinary students.