NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/Yahoo Finance
— Paul Szyarto, serial entrepreneur, CEO of Campana & Schott, and co-founder of VMMA, announced today that he has joined the board of directors of Northeast STEM Starter Academy (NSSA) as co-chairman. Leveraging his 20 years of experience in STEM-based consulting, Paul will dedicate his free time to support the organization’s campaign to secure capital for a building while helping to further strengthen the board through his professional relationships. As part of his involvement with NSSA, Paul’s personal aim is to encourage other leaders to get involved in local communities by donating time and/or resources in order to enrich the lives of children from all walks of life, create opportunities for them to embark on the path to career success, and help to foster diversity in STEM.
NSSA’s mission is to bring education and opportunity to at-risk students from underserved communities with the goal of engaging them in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) while fostering their interest in exploring higher education and/or rewarding careers in STEM-related fields. NSSA’s technology and science center accepts students based on either their direct interest or recommendations from teachers and/or parents.
“More than 30 million children in America are growing up in poverty requiring many to make a decision between continuing with school, finding a job, or reverting to gangs, drugs, and violence to survive,” said Paul Szyarto. “Introducing children to STEM programs at a young age stimulates their minds to develop in new areas of learning and decision-making and allows these children to gain access to the higher paying jobs of tomorrow. America can easily solve the poverty issue by preparing our most needed children with the assets they need to succeed. In addition, supporting children today will help organizations like Campana and Schott who depend on STEM educated resources, identify the next great resources of tomorrow to help so many organizations succeed!”
The city of Mt. Vernon suffers the highest crime, poverty, and unemployment rate in the affluent county of Westchester. This negatively impacts public school graduation rates as the public school graduation rate is 30 to 40 percent lower than in neighboring communities. With hard work and persistence, NSSA is sparking local children’s engagement in school by challenging them with hands-on STEM activities, such as coding, robotics and aviation. Through its course offerings, the organization provides children with the chance to think critically, work in teams, and develop leadership skills that translate to value in the adult world.
“We are delighted to have Paul Szyarto join us in our mission to support the high-need community in Mt. Vernon,” said Gerald Dennis, Executive Director, Northeast STEM Starter Academy (NSSA). “He is a great example of an executive donating his valuable free time and resources to support an organization that helps children with the goal of positively impacting the direction of their future.”
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