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P-12 STEM Engagement

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The Youth Learning Institute (YLI), a unit of Clemson’s Economic Development division, partners with Clemson’s Center for Workforce Development for strategic development and implementation of initiatives targeting P-12 youth audiences.

Since 1987, YLI has emerged as one of the state’s leading youth organizations, operating seven year-round sites and over 190 programs across the state. Every year, YLI and affiliated programs serve more than 130,000 youth and adult participants.

Some of the organization’s most noteworthy accomplishments in youth development programming include: numerous residential summer camps and academic field study programs that engage kids in active, outdoor experiences in learning; creation and operation of Pickens County’s first public charter middle school; development and operation of an autism academy in Columbia and an alternative school program in Summerton; development and operation of a year-round, residential program for teen mothers in the state’s foster care system and their babies; academic programs for gifted students preparing for college; and, professional development programs for adults who work with youth.

As a Duke Energy Foundation partner, YLI will double the enrollment at the SC Youth Leadership Academy charter school and expand STEM curriculum modules. The funding will afford scholarships for high school students to attend an aviation and aerospace camp this summer, as well as fund the creation of a new aviation/automotive field study program for elementary and middle school students and teachers.

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