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OpenWise Learning (OWL) is part of the larger OpenWise social enterprise. OWL is a youth development organization serving marginalized kids by providing them with STEM education with an emphasis on Technology, Social Justice, and Ecological Justice. We follow our young scholars from middle school through high school. We provide them with educational and professional opportunities in apprenticeships through our sister organization OpenWise and other partner organizations.

We're opening new pathways to STEM careers for marginalized kids, expanding their understanding of the world, and providing them with the tools to contribute to their local and global communities. We achieve our aims through Open Source technology STEM education, international youth collaboration, mentorships, and apprenticeships. Our philosophy is to empower kids with knowledge of the natural world and technology and instill a sense of responsibility to their communities and our planet.

We hope to provide marginalized kids with applicable college and career-ready skills and a broader understanding of the world outside of their immediate context through our blended and global STEM education approach.
Highlights

read more › A world where every child can develop their potential in science, technology, engineering and math. Our philosophy is to empower kids with knowledge of the natural world and technology and to instill in them a sense of responsibility to their communities and our planet. Through our blended and global approach to STEM education we hope to provide marginalized kids with applicable college and career-ready skills, and a larger understanding of the world outside of their immediate context. We want them to develop an appreciation of their place in the world their responsibility to themselves and their communities as global citizens.

read more › Culturally responsive pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching in which the students' unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote student achievement and a sense of well-being about the student's cultural place in the world. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

read more › Academic Year Sessions is the second program in which OWL Scholars take part after graduating from the OWL Immersive. During the school year we meet with the Scholars biweekly and work with them to deepen the knowledge and skills they acquired during the Immersive. The Scholars continue to work with the Raspberry Pi computers they were given during the summer OWL Immersive and with these tools we explore particular STEM & Social Justice topics. Additionally, we use project-based learning to tie together separate but related topics.

read more › An important aspect of encouraging Scholars to push through the hard, but rewarding work of studying STEM content is by providing them with diverse role models. Particularly important are role models to whom they can relate to ethnically, economically, or by gender. This helps to breakdown many of the stereotypes that the Scholars have learned from other aspects of society about who belongs in a particular line of work. As the saying goes, "You can't be what you can't see." We think of mentors in two different ways: (1) Mentors in very close proximity to the challenges our Scholars face (i.e.

read more › Our first organizational goal is providing real world education and experience in STEM careers to our Scholars. Our Scholars gain professional experience and soft skills through our Apprenticeship program. The other purpose of our Apprenticeship program is to expand the off-line social network of our Scholars opening them to connections and opportunities that they may not otherwise have access to. We have structured the Apprenticeship program similarly to a US medical school rotation schedule, wherein our Scholars spend time working with different organizations that are at the intersection of STEM and the public good.

read more › Volunteers help make the programming for our Scholars possible, and we always welcome dedicated people who want to make OpenWise Learning's vision a reality. We are looking for people who can lend their experience and expertise in technology, marketing, education, and many other fields. We are also looking for mentors and partners. Note: We partner with local school officials for most of our programs, and background checks are required if your volunteer work involves direct contact with our Scholars.

read more › Through our Mentorship program we work to develop a diverse group of STEM mentors to encourage our middle school and high school Scholars. We look for mentors working in different aspects of science, engineering, technology, and math to whom our Scholars can connect to on a cultural level. We are always on the hunt for energetic and committed individuals. We are also looking for volunteers and partners. Note: We partner with local school officials for most of our programs, and background checks will be required before working with our Scholars.

read more › Openness and collaboration are part of OpenWise Learning's core values, and we are always actively developing and seeking partnerships. For our apprenticeship program we partner with organizations at the intersection of STEM and public good to help provide our high school Scholars with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and experience, and to expand their network. We also partner with local government and school officials to deliver services to our Scholars and their families. Finally, we work with like-minded organizations as we expand our programs to other parts of the world.

read more › In this bonus episode of The OWL Vision Justice Podcast (OVJP), we have more with Stephane Gautier from episode seven. This week on The OWL Vision Justice Podcast (OVJP), we discuss President Obama and the "Defund The Police" policy initiative. This week on The OWL Vision Justice Podcast (OVJP), we discuss the pandemic, and how it affects black communities. In this bonus The OWL Vision Justice Podcast (OVJP), we have more with Dr. Khandra Sears from episode two.

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