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Co-founders of Mentoring Organization Energized by Conference Ideas

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) sponsored the registration of two innovative STEM enthusiasts, Keshia Ashe and Tiffany St. Bernard.  Keshia is a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at the Institute of Regenerative Engineering at the UConn Health Center. Tiffany recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Both attribute their academic success thus far to having had mentors along the way. 

In turn, they created ManyMentors in fall 2011 with the goal of inspiring and supporting high school students’ interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in higher education. They do this by "linking" college mentors and their high school mentees via video/audio conferencing, email, instant messaging, and face-to-face meetings. 

When asked by conference organizers to reflect on their day at the Connecticut Science Center, they responded, The Connecticut STEM Conference was nothing short of amazing! As co-founders of ManyMentors, we were able to walk away from the event with a number of exciting youth-friendly activities and projects we plan to implement in our programs. The hands-on nature of the STEM workshops is sure to spark an interest in many of our students. It was nice to be surrounded by so many individuals that had the same common goal of exciting youth about STEM.