YMCA’s Science Gone Mad Program Awarded $212,000 Grant by Monsanto Fund

ST. LOUIS – The YMCA of Greater St. Louis received a grant this summer from the Monsanto Fund in the amount of $212,000 to fund the Science Gone Mad program over the next two years. The program works with middle school students to improve math and science skills and overall academic growth.

“The Science Gone Mad program is very appreciative to have received continuous support from Monsanto Fund since the program’s inception,” said Cenia Bosman, senior vice president for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. “With the rising need of professionals in science and math related fields, as well as the need for academic support in the St. Louis community, we are thrilled to be able to continue this program for years to come.”

Science Gone Mad was founded in 2007 with a generous grant from the Monsanto Fund and has since impacted more than 600 middle school children at five schools in the St. Louis community. The program includes a science and math curriculum that is supplemental to the traditional school curriculum. This curriculum focuses on energizing students’ interest in math and science subjects through various projects and lessons, while also providing educational components needed to help children improve on standardized testing scores.

“YMCA’s Science Gone Mad program impacts the lives of our community’s young people by enhancing their education in the sciences,” said Deborah Patterson, the Monsanto Fund president. “Every day the importance of these disciplines grows. By giving students the tools they need to excel in math, science, engineering and technology, we are giving our next generation the tools they will need to excel in the future.”

The Science Gone Mad program includes twice-weekly afterschool sessions throughout the school year, as well as two one-week summer camp sessions.

“In addition to the wonderful academic value this program brings to students, it also benefits the students by providing a meaningful and safe activity during times of day that are considered ‘high risk,’” said Bosman. “It has been amazing to see students grow personally and academically through Science Gone Mad, and the Monsanto Fund has truly been a big part of that.”