Our guest speaker for the evening was Emmanuel Ayoola, a Director at Generating Genius, a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and funded by a number of Universities including UCL, Leeds and St Anne’, Oxford. It’s creating a thriving and innovative STEM community - raising the next generation of talented leaders in STEM from underrepresented backgrounds, especially kids aged 14-18 from African Caribbean descent. He explained how there’s a shortfall of 65k STEM jobs in the UK and with their initiatives they are trying to close the gap.
Generating Genius is a team of ~ 20 (3 staff, 4 trustees, 15 long term volunteer). They have at least 2 events each month, running 3 programmes that typically last for 2 years, where activities range from tutoring, career exposure, networking with like-minded kids etc.: 1 “Junior Genius”, an academic enrichment programme introducing 14-16 year olds to the STEM industry, 2 “Uni Genius”, giving A-level students first hand experience of what the world of STEM is really like, ie. work experience and internship programmes and, 2 “Alumni Genius”, giving undergraduates a forum for job opportunities, volunteering and networking. They currently have an intake of about 50 students every year, 500+ kids in their alumni network and are collaborating with 30-40 partners (including Barclays, IP Group, and Tech UK) already for work experience placements.
In order to get the kids onboarded, they collaborate with a number of schools from where they get a lot of interest. The kids apply online and are then chosen according to their academic background and motivation.
Rotary Mayfair is currently exploring opportunities to collaborate with Generating Genius since supporting kids to thrive in STEM careers has been