STEM Coding Lab Awarded $ 250K grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation

“We are honored to receive the support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation to further our mission of improving digital literacy skills for our children. This grant will allow us to continue our growth and serve more K-8 children in our community.” Said Viv Penninti, Founder and Chairman of STEM Coding Lab.

Casey MindlinExecutive Director of STEM Coding Lab adds: “We are deeply grateful for the support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. In the past year, STEM Coding Lab has experienced rapid growth that proved the widespread demand in the region for our organization’s services. STEM Coding Lab currently serves 1,300 students annually, and with this grant, we expect to broaden program offerings to support Pittsburgh neighborhoods including Homewoodthe Hill District, Braddockand the West End. “

“Computer-science learning for children from lower-income households is an important tool in our overarching Economic Mobility program,” he said Sam Reiman, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. “Our Economic Mobility program seeks to ensure that all children in our region have access to prosperity – and digital literacy is key to that work.”

About STEM Coding Lab
STEM Coding Lab is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2016, with the mission of improving digital literacy skills among the less fortunate K-8 children in our community. STEM Coding Lab currently provides after-school classes in basic programming constructs, Scratch programming, web design, and other introductory courses using both online and in-person delivery formats. STEM Coding Lab currently reaches 1300+ children at nearly 20 different organizations, including several Pittsburgh Public Schools. For more information please visit our website, or email [email protected].

About the Richard King Mellon Foundation:
Founded in 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation is the largest foundation in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and one of the 50 largest in the world. The Foundation’s 2021 year-end net assets were $ 3.4 billionand its Trustees disbursed in 2021 $ 152 million in grants and Program-Related Investments. The Foundation focuses its funding on six primary program areas, delineated in its 2021-2030 Strategic Plan.

Contact: Casey MindlinSTEM Coding Lab, 412-426-3523; [email protected]



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