South Los Angeles STEM programs

PATA’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) ASAP program, an afterschool one, was formed in 2014.

Program Outcomes

Increase intensity and duration of high-quality STEM learning opportunities for youth in the underrepresented and underserved communities of Los Angeles with a particular focus on Dorsey High School, Crenshaw High School, Audubon Middle School and View Park Prep.

  • Increase quality through assessment, reflection and planning, observation, peer and near-peer learning.
  • Increase quantity and depth of partnerships (with instructional day schools, community centers and sports centers resulting in STEM ASAP learning opportunities).

Student Outcomes

  • Increase meaningful student engagement in STEM learning opportunities.
  • Increase student interest in additional STEM learning opportunities and careers.
  • Increase student knowledge and application (i.e., behavior change) of STEM content and processes 
in PATA and communities.

Staff Outcomes

  • Increase staff knowledge of effective practices and resources to implement STEM learning opportunities.
  • Increase staff competency to implement STEM learning opportunities.
  • Increase staff beliefs and attitudes (i.e., interest) to deliver high-quality STEM learning opportunities in PATA’s programs, and pursing STEM and/or STEM teaching careers.


  • Student participation is tracked.
  • Collaborate with parents to establish an initial baseline of students’ school performance with monitoring of students’ grades at key milestones throughout program participation.

Activities Snapshot

  • Introduction to Science and Technology classes
  • Math Enhancement classes
  • Basics of MS Excel classes
  • Summer Two-week Technology Workshop
  • Introduction to Video Production and Audio Recording

Key Success Factors

  • Peer to Near-Peer Instruction and Tutoring
  • Over 90 years combined experience of program instructors, tutors and facilitators

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