About Us

Mission: By increasing collaboration, identifying gaps in resources and enhancing the quality of STEM education, the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem promotes just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for all children and youth.
Vision: All young people in Philadelphia have equal access to quality STEM education, STEM employment, and STEM career opportunities.

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem encompasses the rich environment of STEM programming, education, and
opportunities throughout Philadelphia. We are one of eighty-nine national STEM Ecosystems, supported by the STEM Funders Network and based on a collective impact model. 

The goal of the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is expressed in our mission - to promote just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for all children and youth. Our work is made possible by the collaboration of over 400 members who believe that everyone benefits when students succeed in STEM. 

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem has four components:

  1.  Backbone organization: Philadelphia Education Fund facilitates communication and connections among Ecosystem members, and ensures the continuance of the local Ecosystem movement.

  2. Steering Committee:  Is a small group representing varied sectors of Philadelphia that cultivate and direct synergy between the Ecosystem goals,
    objectives, activities, and work-groups.

  3. Work-groups,These are formed around a topic of interest by the members. The group sets a goal and develops a plan of action to be accomplished within a certain amount of time, or can be long-standing. 

  4. Members: are a collective of stakeholders actively engaged in the the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem.

In January 2020, a new initiative was established between GSK and the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem: the 
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (the Equity Collective).  Its goal is to cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations.



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Betsy Payne

Manager, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem 


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Updated 2020