Sparking Interest in STEM

An afterschool program at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History gets local high school students excited about STEM and prepares them for college. A generous donor has created the program’s first endowment.

A gift from a Yale graduate and New Haven resident has established the first endowed fund for the Yale Peabody Museum’s EVOLUTIONS program—a free after-school program for high school students in the New Haven and West Haven public school districts. The Anna Altman Fund for EVOLUTIONS demonstrates the program’s capacity to unite the Yale and New Haven communities around support of youth.

EVOLUTIONS teaches science literacy and promotes science, technology, engineering, and math, while preparing students for college. Students perform experiments, visit local colleges, and can even participate in summer internships in Yale labs. They can also work as paid science interpreters at the Peabody Museum.

The program serves about 100 students each year, and most of those who graduate as high school seniors are accepted to one or more colleges. In the past six years, at least one graduating student from EVOLUTIONS has been accepted to Yale College each year.

Read more about the EVOLUTIONS program and alumna Daniela Flores GH ’24

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