HONESDALE — Ryanne Jennings, Executive Director of The Cooperage Project has been accepted as one of 36 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors Program, which aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

Ambassadors met for its inaugural training session today at the Center for Schools and Communities, a statewide training and consulting organization that offers a continuum of efforts around education topics.

In collaboration with other organizations including the Wayne Highland’s School District, WEDCO, Wayne/Pike Workforce Alliance and Yoga International, with support from funding through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, The Cooperage Project has created an after school program, Pop-Up Club, for middle school students to offer a once (sometimes twice) weekly after school program connects middle school students with local businesses, artists, professionals, and educators to experience hands-on learning opportunities with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, explored through real-world projects. The Club focuses on a theme for 3-5 weeks at a time before turning its focus to something else.  The Cooperage Project also worked with community partners to host a middle school computer coding camp, held at the Stourbridge Project.

The Cooperage Project looks forward to partnering and collaborating with community members, organizations and businesses to help expand and highlight STEM programming, particularly after school opportunities, in our community in order to set our community’s youth on a path for success!

Representing leaders and emerging leaders in corporate, PreK-12 and higher education, and afterschool programs from 18 counties, PA STEM Ambassadors have agreed to invest the next nine months in training and education to share expertise and content knowledge with influential stakeholders to help develop a stronger voice in shaping STEM education policy issues.

“In order for Pennsylvania to be competitive and lead in STEM policy, we need to develop leaders who find bipartisan support in advancing STEM Education policies and have the respect and influence to affect change,” said Laura Saccente, director of Pennsylvania Statewide afterschool and Youth Development Network (PSAYDN).

“The PA STEM Ambassadors will be a vital part in shaping these policies.”

PSAYDN collaborated with the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), the national STEM Education Coalition, the Afterschool Alliance and staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, through the PA STEM Education Coalition, to provide training support to the ambassadors.


About The Cooperage Project

The Cooperage Project’s mission is to offer a range of instructive and entertaining activities that engage, challenge and enlighten. Through a variety of programs we will inspire people of all ages to embrace diversity and celebrate shared experience in order to create a deeper sense of community.

For more information visit thecooperageproject.org