According to a January 2023 report, just 20% of high school graduates are prepared for "college-level coursework in STEM majors." STEM refers to the education and careers defined in the industry of "science, technology, engineering, and mathematics". However, that 20% is presumably much lower in areas without sufficient or inequitable educational funding.
Legendary rapper Future was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, the Atlanta Metro area had been named one of the best areas for a STEM career. However, there is a great disparity between the corporate world and STEM education at the high school level. However, Future is now doing something to help fix the inequity at the high school level. According to a press release shared with Yahoo!, the rapper is founding the I Am A Dreamer STEM Lab at a school in Atlanta.
Future Founds STEM Lab
"It's important that all students receive access to STEAM education regardless of their background," the rapper said in a statement. "Our Freewishes Foundation, with the support of the 2K Foundations, has helped make this possible in our Atlanta community. We're thankful for their commitment to support our initiative." The Freewishes Foundation was founded about a decade ago and has been focused on helping communities in Georgia.
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Furthermore, Tia Wilburn, Future's sister and executive director of the foundation, gave additional comments. "We are creating a science technology, engineering, art, and mathematics lab as an extension of Freewishes' educational initiative. We wanted to add art because both Future and I support creativity." She continued, "Our objective in providing educational opportunities is to ensure inclusive and quality education for all students, regardless of income and background. There is a major gap in STEM education that impacts marginalized communities, and we want to close that gap so that no child is left behind." Follow all the latest music and society news here at HotNewHipHop.