Scientific literacy is essential for success of youth and adults in the 21st century. In 2017, Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development initiated a fellowship program to address scientific literacy throughout Oklahoma: the STEMist program. Through this program, college students with a background or interest in science are recruited, trained, and sent to teach science workshops to youths at various educational events during the summer months. In its inaugural year, the program reached over 2,000 youths. The program addresses scientific literacy, aids in career readiness, and promotes 4-H to audiences previously unaware of the positive impact it can have on today's young people.
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Branscum, H., & Sallee, J. (2019). Addressing Scientific Literacy in Oklahoma: The STEMist Program. The Journal of Extension, 57(3), Article 17. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.03.17