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#STEAMtheBlock CLUB

“#STEAMtheBlock Club” is an initiative powered by The Swaliga Foundation, to empower students to be leaders in their community. #STEAMtheBlock Clubs connect with schools, local businesses, and community leaders to meet at least once a week. During Club meetings, youth work to complete hands-on STEAM projects, career development, and community service. The Club is responsible for assisting with planning and producing a #STEAMtheBlock Party event for their local school community. #STEAMtheBlock is Swaliga’s award-winning STEAM curricula that uses digital arts to teach Engineering Design and Applied Science. The #STEAMtheBlock Party is our culminating event that features LIVE Music, STEAM Activities, Food, prizes and more. Swaliga uses its track record over the past decade to work closely with non-profit organizations and community partners to help secure funding for the Clubs, either through grants or sponsorship from corporations locally.

Who’s involved?

#STEAMtheBlock Club members are typically high school students ranging from 14-18 years of age. There is also a JV division for middle school students ages 9-13. Participants will create individual digital portfolios to document all their work, each week they will upload photos of projects, writing samples, drawings, music etc. Each week learners will meet with Swaliga staff and a school teacher or representative to develop new skills such as learning the Engineering Design Process, digital editing software, leadership etc. STEAM Club members will have the opportunity to compete against other clubs for prizes and scholarships in monthly competitions ranging from aquaponics growing to music production.

What do Club Members get?

Youth also get the chance to collaborate with other Clubs globally through Swaliga and Global Education Exchange Coalition (GEEC): Digital Exchange (DX). Youth also have the opportunity to be a part of the #STEAMtheBlock: STEAM Hip Hop Album series featuring Mr. IMAG the STEAM Emcee and other notable professional Artists from around the world. Each month STEAM Club members will have the opportunity to participate in a digital exchange with their peers from different countries and some even get to travel internationally with Swaliga’s Cultural Exchange program. Youth connect with each other outside of their weekly meetings via Chat (Whatsapp).. All Club members will receive an official TribeSwaliga Wristband, ID Card  and T-shirt. At the end of their first full year, concluding at the #STEAMtheBlock Party they host for their school, each team member will receive their custom Tribe Swaliga track suits and Official Club jerseys.

The Swaliga Foundation is pioneering systemic change through STEAM education.

With a focus on bringing trauma-informed educational resources to the most underserved and underrepresented communities, we’re changing the trajectory of STEAM access for black and brown young people around the world.

Our Impact

  • youth and families served

    10,000

  • showed increased interest in STEAM

    100%

  • learned Engineering Design Process

    100%

  • Countries Impacted

    30+

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