ARE WE PLAYING STEM OR BUILDING FUTURE WORKERS?
There are 530,000 STEM-related jobs in the Philadelphia region with more to come over the next decade. At the same time, we have over 400,000 people living near or below the poverty line in Philadelphia. This is a city of neighborhoods, where everyone knows everyone else, mostly because the racial and economic segregation of opportunity here has created a narrow path to economic and professional prosperity. The city has a hollowed out middle class not simply because we can’t retain enough talented millennials of all backgrounds, but because we are not invested in the social mobility of a vast group of our fellow residents.
So where do we start? What can we do?