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The Purpose

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Minority males are severely underrepresented in STEM fields and are less likely than Caucasian peers to graduate from high school on time and pursue college. In recent years much more attention has been paid to empowering girls in these subject areas, but very few programs exist that specifically work with boys to spark their interests in STEM disciplines. Verizon identified this need and created a new program to focus specifically on minority middle school boys, and giving them the opportunity for a brighter future.


The VILMM at Dillard University hopes to inspire greater research into the field of innovative app design, robotics, and printing to make STEM more accessible to males of color from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds. This student group focuses on competitive showcase events as well as mentoring 6-8 grade students about innovative STEM concepts.




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