The JetBlue Foundation Empowers Tech and Innovation-Focused Programs by Providing Grants for STEM Initiatives

Major Grants Awarded to Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, Lower Eastside Girls Club to Help Their STEM Programs Take Flight

JetBlue announced the newest round of grants provided by the JetBlue Foundation, a STEM education-focused entity which furthers the airline’s efforts to place aviation top-of-mind as a career choice for students. This year, the JetBlue Foundation is fueling 12 aviation programs with nearly $250,000 in grants to support their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based initiatives.

The JetBlue Foundation is committed to championing diversity in STEM education and creating career pathways for the next generation in aviation. This year’s grant recipients span JetBlue’s route map with the winners coming from New York, Boston, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles, among others. Grants were presented to Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, Lower Eastside Girls Club, EnCorps, Orlando Science Center and Project Scientist for new STEM programs. This funding will help ignite innovation and encourage students from traditionally under-represented communities, including women, minority groups and veterans, to pursue STEM and aviation.

“We were excited to see technology and innovation as the top themes in this year’s grant applications. These areas are critical for a company like JetBlue and for growing our industry,” said Joanna Geraghty, president, JetBlue Foundation. “JetBlue is committed to feeding the talent pipeline today through educational initiatives and funding for STEM programs to ensure a more diverse and technology-focused tomorrow.”

Beyond just grants, the JetBlue Foundation provides in-kind support, mentoring, internships and much more to make a difference for the next generation of aviators, engineers, dispatchers, schedulers, aircraft mechanics and pilots. Over the past five years, the Foundation has built ongoing relationships with more than 37 aviation and STEM-focused programs and provided over $750,000 in grants to help these programs take off and soar.

JetBlue Foundation New York grant recipients include:

  • Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens (Queens, N.Y.) – The Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens aims to provide children of all backgrounds with self-esteem and self-confidence, which are needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. With JetBlue’s support, the organization will launch “JetBlue Science Hubs” at each of its program sites.
  • Lower Eastside Girls Club (New York) – The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York works to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders. The Club will use their grant to fund a year-long program – “Geek Girls,” which tackles challenges through applied STEM education, mentoring and workshops. The program will prepare under-represented youth for the new digital age with hands-on lessons in electronics, fabrication, robotics, audio engineering, 3D data visualization, computer coding, astrophysics and other sciences.

Additionally, the JetBlue Foundation is committed to helping up-and-coming STEM programs get off the ground. In addition to the five major grants, the JetBlue Foundation also provided seed grants to:

  • Cradle of Aviation (Garden City, N.Y.)
  • Museum of Science and Technology Discovery Center (Syracuse, N.Y.)
  • Reach the World Company (New York)

JetBlue is currently accepting applications for the next round of grants. For grant criteria or to submit an application, go to jetbluefoundation.org. Visit the site for more information, to see how previous recipients have utilized their grants, examples of JetBlue Foundation partnerships in flight and other STEM-related news.

The JetBlue Foundation hosted its annual grant presentation on April 13 at JetBlue’s Long Island City Support Center, where recipients were able to network with JetBlue leadership and crewmembers. In addition to a tour of the airline’s support center, the aspiring aviators, and program administrators were treated to a special behind-the-scenes peek at JetBlue’s home terminal – T5 at New York’s JFK Airport – where they saw the inner workings of the airline. Students also had the chance to learn more about various career options available within an airline.

ABOUT THE JETBLUE FOUNDATION

The JetBlue Foundation, founded in 2013, is independent from JetBlue and has a separate Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee both made up of JetBlue crewmembers from across the airline. To learn more about the JetBlue Foundation, visit jetbluefoundation.org.

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