Boeing Awards $50,000 Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast for STEM Outreach Program

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Boeing has awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast a $50,000 grant for BGCEC’s STEM Outreach Program. The funding will help expand Boys & Girls Club’s STEM programming in 2019.

The goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast STEM Outreach Program is to broaden science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) programming at BGCEC’s eight Club sites in Northwest Florida, and to bring together community organizations that share a common goal of providing high-quality STEM and technology-based programming to our community’s youth during school breaks and summer. In addition, BGCEC’s STEM programming expose students to high-tech, 21st century learning with equipment and curriculum that our public schools and other programs cannot offer. 

“All of us at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast are very excited for this opportunity to take our technology programs to the next level,” said Shervin Rassa, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. “Boeing and our community partners are helping BGCEC make a huge impact on our youth by giving our Club members the 21st the century skills they need to succeed in today’s world.”

“Boeing is committed to inspiring the next generation of dreamers and doers through investments that support STEM learning opportunities,” said Ingrid Piedrahita, Boeing community investor. “STEM initiatives promote career readiness. Through our investments in STEM programming, we are inspiring our youth to be innovators, while also providing them with opportunities to gain critical skills that build the confidence they need to follow their dreams and be successful in life.”

Details about how students can enroll into the BGCEC STEM programming will be made available in 2019. Currently, more than 1,250 kids are registered during the school year and more than 1,300 enjoyed the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast last summer.

About The Boeing Company:

Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company's strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. Boeing's efforts are focused on improving access to globally competitive learning, contributing to workforce and skills development, and supporting our military and veteran communities.

Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast serves youth ages 5 to 18 by providing guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, youth development professionals. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast encompasses 8 Clubs and serves over 2,180 registered Club members and nearly 4,000 area youth across Escambia, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. For more information call 850- 862-1616 and visit us online at

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