STEM Students Take Charge

According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2019–29, employment projections show that occupations in the Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field are expected to grow 8.0 percent by 2029, compared with 3.7 percent for all occupations.

As a leader in the A/E/C industry, Pennoni recognizes our ability to have a positive impact on the lives of so many underrepresented students and is committed to supporting a variety of STEM initiatives. One shining example of this is Pennoni’s Dan DiMucci, who has been involved with the Young Men and Women In Charge (YMWIC) Foundation for more than 10 years.

YMWIC’s mission is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs, accomplished by leveraging alliances with K-12 school districts, universities, corporations and committed partners.

This mission is accomplished by embracing a family model that provides individually targeted services: academic support and tutoring, leadership development, scientific research training, public speaking, community service, junior mentoring, college readiness, college tours and industry experiences in many STEM-related careers. Scholars may participate in YMWIC Special Interest Groups, such as the Young Scholar Leadership Team, robotics team, jazz ensemble, choir and coaching from personal mentors in the STEM professions. Additionally, YMWIC’s STEM-based summer enrichment programs serve scholars and hundreds more students in first through twelfth grades.

Once enrolled in the organization, each young scholar and his or her family become part of the YMWIC family. They make a commitment to stay in the foundation until high school graduation, to participate fully in program activities, and maintain a high-grade point average.

Dan has taken the time over the years to get to know students and help them flourish. Through building a foundation and mentorship with students, Dan and YMWIC continue to inspire students and empower them to be pillars of the community by pursuing careers in STEM.

Thanks for all your dedication and hard work, Dan!

To get involved with the YMWIC, contact Dan DiMucci.


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