In 2015, Johnson & Johnson launched WiSTEM2D: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (STEM2D). Led by a network of volunteers from across Johnson & Johnson and its local operating companies, this ambitious initiative involves:
Johnson & Johnson seeks to cultivate females’ STEM2D interests at an early age and help them continue to grow and develop in these areas, preparing and positioning them to pursue higher education and careers in STEM2D. With this foundation, they are primed to make valuable contributions to their communities, companies, and the world in the decades ahead.
To advance student outreach, Johnson & Johnson partnered with leading nonprofit organizations FHI 360, Smithsonian Science Education Center, and JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide to develop the SPARK STEM2D resource and website. SPARK seeks to enlarge the pool of young people, especially girls and other under-represented populations, who can aspire to future careers in STEM2D fields. This site contains STEM2D activities and best practices that can be used by Johnson & Johnson employees and other volunteers working with young people in classrooms, in out-of-school learning environments, and at community events. Through these partnerships, Johnson & Johnson intends to reach one million girls by 2020.
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. FHI 360 programs combine evidence with on-the-ground experience to deliver maximum efficiency and impact. FHI 360’s impact is amplified through the synergy of partnerships. The “360” in our name symbolizes our inclusive approach to sustainable success, attained only when we partner with community-based organizations, K–12 and higher education institutions, the private sector, and the communities we serve. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. FHI 360’s National Institute for Work and Learning (NIWL) partnered with Johnson & Johnson on this initiative.
As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide activates youth for the future of jobs. Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we empower young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. With more than 100 member countries, the JA Worldwide network is powered by over 470,000 volunteers and mentors, who serve more than 10 million young people around the world each year.
The Smithsonian Science Education Center—the only unit at the Smithsonian Institution that is solely dedicated to formal science education reform—transforms and improves the teaching and learning of science in schools in the United States and throughout the world. The Smithsonian Science Education Center builds awareness for preK-12 science education reform among state and district leaders, conducts programs that support the professional growth of teachers and school leaders, and engages in research and curriculum development (including its comprehensive K-8, research-based science curriculum programs).
The SPARK STEM2D resource is used by volunteers serving as activity leaders to support the implementation of STEM2D activities and educational opportunities in the following pilot locations.