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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


AAUW supports educational programs for girls and young women to encourage the pursuit of studies and careers in STEM fields. We currently have two projects.



Chair: Barbara Van Itallie or 845/462-3924

Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW is pleased to partner with Literacy Connections on a new initiative, Math Buddies.  The program is modeled after Literacy Connection’s very successful Book Buddies where volunteers go into elementary school to assist children with reading.

Math Buddies work in grades one through five in the City of Poughkeepsie schools helping struggling students with their math skills. Volunteers work one-on-one with the students or with groups in the classroom, as specifically directed by the classroom teacher. Volunteers typically offer about one hour per week although there is often flexibility in scheduling. Potential volunteers need not be math or elementary teachers and should not be concerned about any new approaches to math since the material is very basic. This is an extremely rewarding experience since offering any extra help in both math and confidence-building is particularly needed.

Please contact Barbara for more information on how to get started!!

Marist College and Liberty Partnership

Chair: Kris Puzza or 221-3488

Marist College has again received a five-year NYS Education Department grant to continue their Liberty Partnership Program with AAUW Poughkeepsie as their community partnering organization. Liberty Partnership seeks to provide comprehensive, evidence-based, results-driven programming designed to improve the academic and workforce needs of at-risk students in grades five through twelve, primarily in the Poughkeepsie City School District. Kris and her AAUW volunteers, provide STEM-focused workshops several times over the course of the academic year and summer, as well as possible parent and STEM career workshops. Workshops provided over the years have included, the Egg Drop/Apollo 13; Snap Circuits; Encryption; Suduko Logic; Take Apart Day; The Connection of Music and Math; and, Jewelry and Patterns.

More about the  Marist Liberty Partnership>>

Contact Kris for information on joining this effort!!

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