Disney to Donate $1 Million to Youth STEM Program in Celebration of ‘Black Panther’ Success

The Walt Disney Company is donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in celebration of the record-breaking success of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. This donation will assist in expanding Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs which support the high-tech skills that played a major role in developing the plot theme of Black Panther and are crucial in ensuring the success of youth in the program.

In a statement, Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, said,

“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths. It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Centers of Innovation afford youth “hands-on, advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. In addition, a fully dedicated STEM expert will offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help Club members develop their STEM skills and critical thinking.”

The announcement states that the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is going to use this grant to “further develop its existing national STEM curriculum and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country. The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens, with an emphasis in the following communities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.”

Jim Clark, President, and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America said,

“From hands-on interactive programs to critical thinking, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to providing thousands of young people with the tools they need to prepare for a great future. Thanks to Disney’s support, we can expand our outreach and allow more youth to find their passions and discover STEM careers.”

Helping children and teens learn new skills for the future, like STEM, is a focus area of The Walt Disney Company’s social responsibility efforts. The company is dedicated to delivering comfort, happiness, opportunity, and inspiration to children and families around the world.

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