This press release was submitted by Vista Maria, a healing resource center in Dearborn Heights for girls and young women.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS — Vista Maria was recently awarded a $540,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Education to fund its STEM program called Starting the Afternoon Right (STAR), for middle school-aged female students attending Vista Maria’s on-campus school, Clara B. Ford Academy.
Vista Maria’s STAR program offers girls academic enrichment in subjects like science, math and engineering. The new program will give girls a chance to further their interest in STEM-related classes and apply their skills in these subjects in a purposeful way.
Program components include after school activities and monthly field trips to allow girls to gain experience working in teams. Mentors and speakers within related fields are an important part of the program and will help students set personal goals and explore different careers for themselves in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The grant will last for the next five years, beginning July 1 and extending through June 2018.