Lead with STEM & Connection

Family Programs

Lead’s Family Programs builds and strengthens the bond and relationship between adult mentor and child and uses STEM to foster confidence and communication—all while helping youth explore different career options.


Our Lead with STEM & Connection Family Programs are designed to be inclusive, catering to youth between the ages of 6 and 18 and their parenting adult & mentor. We currently focus on the adult mentor and child relationship with Father/Daughters, Mother/Sons and Mother/Daughters with the goal of adding Father/Sons to the future. All attendees have a hands-on experience with STEM related activities and more.


71 %

of employers have difficulty hiring for STEM jobs.

64 %

of teens shared they have experienced negative family communication.

66 %

of teens lack positive self-esteem.

Program Importance

According to the MiStem Advisory Council, 76% of Michigan adults see STEM education as crucial for young Michiganders to secure high-paying jobs. However, 36% of Michigan parents report their children lack any STEM learning opportunities, both in and out of school. To address this disparity, we launched our ‘Lead with STEM & Connection Family Programs’ to fulfill the unmet need for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Our program aims to prepare the next generation for the workforce, specifically STEM fields while fostering family relationships, recognized as vital to children’s success.

The STEM fields are full of risk-takers and dreamers, those individuals with the confidence to try something new regardless of the result. In STEM, having a high level of confidence, resilience, and self-esteem are critical to facing the tribulations of exploring the unknown and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. 

Our Programs:

  • Provide youth a supportive environment for experimentation and a toolkit of mental health resources to bounce back from setbacks and try again
  • Nurture confidence, encouraging curiosity and resilience in conquering challenges, which research shows significantly impacts STEM career decisions.
  • Foster self-sufficiency by empowering youth to initiate goals, overcome challenges, and make independent decisions through confidence-building activities.

It is critical that we empower our youth to have the strength to trust in themselves and their ability to achieve. 


Positive Communication

Attendees learn skills for healthy and positive communication to engage in meaningful conversations, actively listen, and understand each other.

Growth in Confidence

Attendees learn skills for healthy and positive communication to engage in meaningful conversations, actively listen, and understand each other.

Understanding of STEM

Attendees participate in several activities designed to deepen their understanding of STEM and how to apply it in their lives.


  • Father & Daughter: Tuesday, May 14
  • Mother & Son: Tuesday, September 24
  • Mother & Daughter: Thursday, November 12
Sharing insights, knowledge and conversations around supporting young men in being confident is an outstanding example of the impact Lead is having in communities. Teaching women to connect with and empower the boys they are raising will have a lasting effect on relationships, self-worth, and value.
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Want to partner with us for our Family Programs or become a sponsor? Schedule a call with us to discuss how we can work together to empower families!

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