The STEAM Initiative

J14 has implemented an STEAM initiative throughout the program as a means to educate, encourage, and prepare students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We recognize that the arts supports success in technical fields and have added it to the basic STEM philosophy.

Why STEAM Matters
 More than eight million jobs will be available in technical fields by 2018. Unfortunately, only 1 in every 4 fourth grade students from low-income backgrounds are proficient in math and 1 in 6 are proficient in Science. With the rising demand to STEM related careers we must prepare students with the resources they need to be successful in these fields
What Makes STEAM Unique
STEAM activities focus on exploration more than execution; therefore the facilitator works to steer participants in the right direction, not dictate the process or answers.
Does Art belong in STEAM
STEAM can help to make learning fun and more engaging for participants. J14 has composed a program that allows students to engage in STEAM activities in the garden and in the classroom.


J14 has implemented art into the program to start youth in a comfortable, inviting environment by eliminating the fear of getting something wrong. STEAM encourages students to be creative and productive.