Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on October 26, 2012
TAF is a nonprofit leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. We partner with public education, businesses and the community to actively engage students in the real world, and we share our successes to advance systemic reform that improves STEM education for all. TAF’s goal is to educate 20,000 students of color per year by 2020. TAF's mission is to equip students of color for success in college and life through the power of a STEM education.TAF supports students of color throughout the STEM education pipeline by implementing three key programs: TechStart (elementary); STEM Up (middle school); and the TAF Academy (6th-12th).
TechStart served 288 elementary school students in 2011-2012 during the school day at public schools partnering with TAF. STEM Up is an after-school academic-enrichment program for students (200 participants in 2012-2013) in middle school grades where participants learn advanced technology that is relevant to STEM career paths, strengthen their academic and life skills, participate in STEM knowledge competitive events, and engage in early college readiness. The TAF Academy is a sixth- through twelfth-grade public school with a STEM focus that is operated through a public-private partnership with Federal Way Public Schools. The TAF Academy has 240 students for the 2012-13 school year that are mentored by current STEM professionals and encouraged to pursue STEM career pathways and higher educatio