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Black couple’s HEPH Foundation gets $1.2M grant to help diverse students learn STEM

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The HEPH Foundation, an education-focused foundation, announced that it has been awarded a $1.2 million grant by the How We Learn Fund, a fund administered by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.

How We Learn Group was founded by parents, teachers, scholars, and business professionals who agree that a break from conventional theories of learning is needed to affect meaningful change in our societies.

With a comprehensive proprietary curriculum and program offerings, the HEPH Foundation will use the funds to implement a STEM/STEAM learning initiative for America’s students starting with the Chicagoland area. 

This will enable them to deliver on national educational standards, cultivate a lifelong love of learning, and collaborate with parents and teachers to problem-solve, build trust and evolve the educational landscape to benefit every learner.

Helping diverse students 

Founded by Steven Conner in 2014, the HEPH Foundation helps diverse students embrace STEM-related study. The foundation provides students with tools and new learning methods that enhance current educational practices.

The foundation uses mindfulness, teamwork, creativity, real-world problem-solving, and entrepreneurship to create an active learning experience that fully engages students in learning STEM. 

“We are excited to receive support for our mission to prepare learners for the future of work,” says HEPH Foundation founder Steven Conner. “Our work helps children quantum leap beyond their fears of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to find pathways to the future.” He continues: “This support is essential in helping us continue our work to advance appreciation, acceptance, and excitement around the importance of STEM.”

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