WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The White Plains Youth Bureau held its inaugural STEM Awards Recognition Program on Tuesday in the Jaguar Room at New York Power Authority, 123 Main St.
The program recognized individuals and organizations that have supported the Youth Bureau STEM initiatives. The program also recognized teachers for their dedication and for providing instruction in science, technology, engineering and math.
Mayor Tom Roach said, “Careers in STEM are the future of our economy. All children need to have the basics of technology competence. Early exposure to STEM is one of the keys to their future success.”
The honorees are: Pauline Mosley and Dr. Gerald Ardito of PACE University; Rob Kissner, CEO, The Digital Arts Experience; Lawrence Perretto, STEM Leadership Center; Al Martinez, teacher, White Plains High School; Damien King, White Plains Middle School; Caitlin Smith, Bits N’ Pieces Camp; and Delores Croslan, After School Connection.
A special award was given to Jordan Galloway, a White Plains High School senior. The keynote speaker for the program was Jill Anderson, senior vice president at the New York Power Authority. “The utility and energy industries need to fill their pipeline with the next generation of employees to help us meet clean energy goals,” Anderson said. “That pipeline begins in the classroom, and the White Plains STEM curriculum is an excellent example of inspiring students to pursue technical careers that are both interesting and rewarding.”
Frank Williams Jr., director of the Youth Bureau, said, “It’s important to prepare our youth for careers in science, technology, engineering and math starting at kindergarten and first grade. The demand for jobs in STEM exceeds the talent pool. The White Plains Youth Bureau recognizes that we must expose our youth to high demand jobs and provide instruction and learning that will stimulate their growth and development.”