Dare Mighty Things, Inc. has been contracted by STARBASE, Inc. to create a strategy for nation-wide program expansion including the research and development of best practices and a roadmap to grow the STARBASE 2.0 mentoring component. DoD STARBASE is an educational program, sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. DoD created STARBASE 2.0, a structured after-school mentoring program for middle-school students, based on DMT’s extensive experience in youth mentoring combined with stimulating STEM activities.
DMT brings expertise in organizational development, capacity building, and benchmarking, in addition to youth mentoring, to this latest effort on behalf of DoD STARBASE. The team at Dare Mighty Things is looking forward to the opportunity to participate in the initiative to bring the unique opportunities provided by STARBASE to more children across the country.
STARBASE programs in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Indian Reservations, and U.S. Territories engage students in challenging “hands-on, mind-on” activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students interact with military personnel to explore careers and observe STEM applications in the “real world.” The program provides students with 20-25 hours of stimulating experiences at National Guard, Navy, Marine, Air Force Reserve, and Air Force bases across the nation. The program focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders with a goal of motivating those students to explore STEM fields as they continue their education. STARBASE academies serve students who live in inner cities or rural locations, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance, or have a disability, all are historically under-represented in STEM.