Damian Humphrey Enfield Connecticut Male • United States of America
A.C.E. was launched as a STEM-based afterschool initiative in 3 schools in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2014 with the goal of creating a ""Pipeline"" of talent into STEM colleges and universities and to eliminating the ""Exposure Divide"" that Black and Brown students have to careers in STEM. After making a considerable personal financial investment to launch A.C.E. students were able to receive math, reading, and science tutoring services, receive mentoring services by Black and Brown college students (A.C.E. Coaches) and do site visits to the M.I.T. Media Lab and campus, University of Connecticut Water Treatment Facility, and Pratt & Whitney's Engine Museum. Due to funding shortages, programming was halted at the end of the 2016 academic year. Due to the COVID-19 impact on the world of education and the immense challenges facing students, A.C.E. has been reactivated to provide afterschool and summer programming to students and provide Academic and Financial Aid Counseling Services to high school and college students and their families.