In order for our programs to remain free for all participants, our corporate partners play a vital role in our long-term success. Recognizing the need for improved STEM education in South Florida, our partners would support us in varying ways by contributing to the socially conscious tech ecosystem we are currently building.
Here at Manifezt, we have developed a strategic system that allows us to keep overhead costs relatively low so we can invest directly into the equipment needed to create the innovators and STEM workforce of tomorrow. Rather than rent, build, or buy places across Miami to serve different communities, we utilize churches, libraries, community centers and schools to run our workshops. Rather than hiring a full-time staff of teachers, we coordinate volunteers through relationships with local universities, that also serve as role models to the kids involved – giving them relatable examples to learn from and look up to.
The lion’s share of the capital raised through individual donations and corporate sponsorship is invested directly into the required equipment and materials to run our workshops. Laptops, RaspberryPis, organs and robotics equipment are just a few of the elements that are essential to teach our curriculum. Thanks to our flexibility, the money we raise has a wider impact than donating to one specific institution because whenever possible we re-use equipment and spread it across communities.
Partner With Manifezt Foundation
Becoming a Philanthropic Partner is an investment that exhibits your company’s position as a leader in the community. Your generous contribution enables Manifezt to serve the community and provide hands-on, project based learning to children that need it the most.
Our ultimate goal is to turn South Florida into the tech hub of the South East. Miami is already experiencing a tech boom; however, often times companies are forced into recruiting out of state (and sometimes country) due to the lack of STEM skills in the local workforce.
When considering students at age 15, America lands 25th in the world in Science and 40th in Math according the results of the latest OECD backed PISA exams, so it is clear there are systemic national issues that need to be addressed. However, in addition to national problems, STEM education happens to be the most expensive form of education due to the cost of equipment and materials needed to properly teach it, and Florida currently lands 41st in America in funding per student in public schools.
Miami has the worst income inequality of any major US city according to its Gini coefficient. The median income of Florida lands at 38th in the nation (placing it strikingly close to our ranking in total funding per student), and STEM offers the highest paying careers of any industry. Despite making up 30% of the population, minorities only account for 11% of all STEM majors, and a study conducted in Pennsylvania indicated that after adjusting for differences in school funding because of the poverty level of a given area, there is also a negative correlation between the percentage of minority students in a school, and funding per student, in public schools.
There is a dire need here in South Florida for improved STEM education to ensure the local community is not left behind by the tech boom that is already gaining traction, and by partnering with Manifezt you can help make a difference. Through teaming up with the local public-school system, local universities such as the University of Miami and FIU, the local tech community, and people that genuinely care about education and improving income inequality, we will continue inspiring the disruptors of tomorrow.
By working with Manifezt you can help combat:
- Shortcomings of the current public-school system
- The lack of racial diversity in STEM
- Income inequality in South Florida