My STEMM Future is a joint initiative from Wellcome Connecting Science Public Engagement and the Youth STEMM Award. The project seeks to support students from background historically excluded from STEM in completing a Youth STEMM Bronze or Silver Award and develop a portfolio of achievements to support Sixth Form, University or workplace applications.
Previously known as Black STEMM Futures, the teams behind the programme have decided to rename the programme to better reflect the diversity of students and scientists involved in the programme – in the past year the programme has supported students from a range of racially minoritised backgrounds to work towards a Youth STEMM Award.
My STEMM Future provides students with digitial resources via an online learning platform, live webinars showcasing diverse STEMM professionals, access to scientists from the Wellcome Genome Campus, a blog space to share what they have learnt about science, and support in completing their award.
The Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is a skills award to support and inspire the next generation into STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). Their mission is to encourage a much wider participation in STEMM and increase the diversity of our future workforce. The YSA provides a framework to add impact and greater legacy to stand alone STEMM outreach activities while building confidence and a sense of achievement.