Inspiring Students Underrepresented in STEM YVTC MESA



The YVTC MESA Vision

To improve diversity and retention of students who are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, including African American, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Pacific Islanders, and women by encouraging them to pursue college education and career in STEM.

The YVTC MESA Mission

We provide enrichment opportunities and high quality resources that inspire students underrepresented in STEM fields, to pursue education and careers in math, engineering, and science.

  • Provide experience-based learning opportunities in mathematics, engineering and science for underrepresented students in grades 6-12 through the use of exemplary materials and instructional approaches; and
  • Be a catalyst and model for educational excellence and equity.

We accomplish this through a partnership of higher education, school districts, industry and business, government, community organizations, families and alumni.

The Washington State MESA Program

By forming collaborations among business, industry and academia, MESA strengthens the university and corporate presence in K-12 education. For more than twenty years, MESA has bridged the opportunity gap for underrepresented students to help them envision a successful future and achieve their goals for college and careers.

MESA students struggle against stereotypes and low expectations everyday. With the help of volunteers in business and professional organizations, and teachers trained by MESA in the best educational practices, they learn strategies to succeed and meet role models and mentors who show them they way.

  • MESA helps students stay on-track for college as they transition from middle school to high school.
  • MESA informs and empowers parents to help their children to achieve success in school and gain access to college education.