Hamilton, May 23, 2024
by Priska Handojo, MDCC, Marketing and Communications Specialist at Mathstronauts

Mathstronauts Director, Sehrish Zehra, receiving the award on stage.

We are honored to receive the 2024 Youth Empowerment Award at the Hamilton Gives Awards. This accolade highlights Mathstronauts’ commitment to inspiring and empowering equity-deserved youth in Hamilton through innovative STEM programs. 

The Youth Empowerment Award honours organizations who inspire and champion the advancement of youth in our community by providing opportunities, support, and resources for their growth, success, and meaningful engagement. 

Mathstronauts believes that STEM education fosters critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. It prepares students for a wide range of careers and helps them understand and navigate the STEM world.
Mathstronauts Director, Sehrish Zehra, receiving the award on stage

Celebrating an Achievement in Youth Empowerment

The Hamilton Gives Awards is an annual celebration of outstanding community service and philanthropy. The ceremony, attended by notable dignitaries and community leaders and members, highlighted Mathstronauts’ significant impact on raising the confidence, resilience and competence of Hamilton’s underrepresented youth by way of our innovative and hands-on STEM initiatives across the city.

“We are honored to receive this award and are grateful to the City Of Hamilton for giving us the opportunity to flourish and do this important work,” said Sehrish Zehra, the Executive Director of Mathstronauts.  “I am personally thankful to a wonderful team without whom none of this would be possible,” she added.

Mathstronauts’ Team and the Awards’ host Lohifa Pogoson Acker (fourth from the left).

Community Engagement and Outreach

Mathstronauts goes beyond the classroom with strong community engagement and outreach efforts. We partner with local schools, community centers, and libraries which has been instrumental in driving community engagement and support for STEM education.

As we celebrate this significant achievement, we remain steadfast in our mission to remove financial and structural barriers to STEM education. Looking ahead, we plan to expand our reach, bringing our programs to more communities across Hamilton and Ontario. 

We also aim to strengthen and expand our partnerships with educational institutions, industry leaders, and government bodies to create a robust support network for high quality, accessible STEM education. By fostering collaborations and leveraging resources, we seek to build a sustainable ecosystem that continuously empowers youth.

For more information and/or PR inquiries, please contact: 
Priska Handojo (p.handojo@mathstronauts.ca)
Marketing and Communications Specialist