Sayda Zelaya – Empowering Girls to Join STEM Programs

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Sayda Zelaya – Empowering Girls to Join STEM Programs

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

cuSTEMized: provides personalized STEM-related motivational storybooks, posters, and other media products to encourage kids, in particular girls, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Why cuSTEMized?

I support cuSTEMized because I believe that more girls need to be exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and encouraged to envision themselves in STEM.

Why this Matters:

Koya’s generous Passion Project stipend enabled cuSTEMized to provide their personalized books for free to underprivileged girls and classrooms. Here is a quote from Melody Tsai, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher:

“One of the main goals that I strive for as a teacher is to inspire, empower, and to teach in a progressive way in hopes that students become positive, active members of society. CuSTEMized.org could not be a more perfect end of the year gift, as a keepsake, and a reminder that every one of my students has the power to change the world.”


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