BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — STEM Baton Rouge, a non-profit that delivers STEM education to students, has been awarded a $125,000 grant to expose students to STEM-related careers.

STEM Baton Rouge begins its program with a “Brag Session,” which consists of teaching students to highlight their experiences, skills, and ambitions in an effective way before writing college essays and applying for scholarships.

The STEM Fellows program is made possible by the support of a $125,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana for STEM education for students in Baton Rouge and New Orleans communities.

“We are exceedingly grateful and incredibly proud to partner with The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, which has shown its commitment to our community and our children by generously making this contribution to further the mission of our organization,” said STEM NOLA CEO Calvin Mackie.

Mackie teamed up with Kacy Edwards and Julie Scott, the founders of Career Compass, a non-profit that supports Louisiana students pursuing their further education. The organizations balanced each other’s resources to raise the amount of low-income students of color across the state. Funding from the Angels of Change grant aids STEM NOLA by giving students from New Orleans and Baton Rouge the opportunity to be a part of STEM career awareness activities, hands-on STEM skill-building activities, and college and career coaching.

STEM Fellows have worked with the University of New Orleans Coastal Education and Research Center to learn about coastal issues like land loss and restoration through science. While working with Obatala Science and Cell Springs, students received comprehensive lab exposure to learn about tissue engineering and new routes of treatment to ensure they are safe.