Amazon’s 0K donation will fund STEM programs for underserved youth
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Amazon’s $500K donation will fund STEM programs for underserved youth

Amazon presented $250,000 in checks to the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Greater Rochester Afterschool & Summer Alliance, an affiliate of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, to help fund STEM programs for underserved youth. (Photo courtesy of Amazon)

Amazon presented $250,000 in checks to the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Greater Rochester Afterschool & Summer Alliance, an affiliate of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, to help fund STEM programs for underserved youth. (Photo courtesy of Amazon)

Amazon’s $500,000 donation will help fund science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for underserved youth in the Greater Rochester area.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) and the Greater Rochester Afterschool & Summer Alliance (GRASA) will each receive $250,000. GRASA is an initiative of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

The funds will be used for a variety of programs, including Out of School Time summer learning programs that focus on STEM education. Some of these initiatives are housed at RMSC.

“As we expand our operations in Rochester and throughout New York, we are very interested in expanding educational opportunities for today’s students,” Carley Graham Garcia, head of social affairs at Amazon in New York, said in a press release.

“We are grateful for the great partnerships we have established in the region to date, which have allowed us to identify areas where we can make an impact and support the community where it is needed most.”

Months before it opens its 2.6 million-square-foot robotics fulfillment center in Gates, Amazon has prioritized community outreach. The center employs more than 1,000 full- and part-time workers.

“Over the past two years, Amazon has donated an additional $100,000 in cash and in-kind donations to various organizations in the Rochester area, including the YMCA of Greater Rochester, the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League, Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York and Neil Armstrong Elementary School.

Wednesday’s investment in STEM programs “will help kids learn and grow, support working parents, and equip out-of-school professionals with the training and resources they need to thrive,” said Simeon Banister, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.

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