Cultivating Roots to STEM Careers in Philadelphia
We are here to help Philadelphia youth find a path to their passion and build a sustainable career.
PSEC arose to cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations.
Collective impact is a network of community members, organizations, and institutions who advance equity by learning together, aligning, and integrating their actions to achieve population and systems level change. It brings people together in a structured way to achieve social change.*
The Collective Impact framework contains five core conditions that together produce true alignment and lead to powerful results: the development of a common agenda; using shared measurement to understand progress; building on mutually reinforcing activities; engaging in continuous communications and providing a backbone to move the work forward.
The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem and the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective share the common objective of providing Philadelphians with equitable access to STEM education, resources, and opportunities.
The Ecosystem’s mission is: By increasing collaboration, identifying gaps in resources and enhancing the quality of STEM education, the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem promotes just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for all children and youth. The Collective’s goal is specific to career access, and “increase the number of Black, Latinx and female Philadelphians going into STEM careers by 2030.” One way to visualize this is that the Collective is focusing on one very important element of the Ecosystem – so important, that it generated its own funding, infrastructure, goals, and objectives.
We are continually working to maximize the synergy between the Ecosystem and the Collective to effectively use members’ time and energy. Do not hesitate to contact Betsy Payne for additional details or information.