On June 17, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation kicked off its fourth annual Young Dragons Summer STEAM program, a free six-week summer camp offered to middle school students in West Philadelphia. In partnership with Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, the program offers innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Athletics, and Mathematics) activities developed specifically for students ages 10-14 years old.
One of the program’s primary motivations is to provide inner city kids with the opportunity to experience cutting-edge activities and technology that would not be readily available to them otherwise. Some of the activities offered to the students include:
Visual Arts & Animation
Sneaker Design & Engineering
The 2X Super Bowl champion has learned to balance his NFL career while making extraordinary efforts to better the community around him, becoming one of the most prominent social activists and philanthropists in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation believes heavily in giving all kids the resources to strive, as demonstrated by their slogan:
“We aim to empower youth to transcend the limits of their circumstances and reach their full potential.”
The foundation has helped lead a large range of inspiring and motivational events over its lifetime, with the Young Dragons camp being one of their top highlights. Jenkins believes that by using the platform football has provided him, he can help not just himself but also others to make a positive impact in their local communities.
“When you know what you’re doing is going to have an impact. Then, it’s worth the kind of effort and investment,” Jenkins said. “Hopefully, it shows other people to that the impact and more and more people want to support and more people want to get involved.”
Hear more from Malcolm Jenkins about the Young Dragons Summer STEAM program here.