Fostering STEM and Youth Leadership

Fostering STEM

At H.B. Fuller, we are particularly committed to invest in strategic areas like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, gender-equity opportunities and youth leadership.

Throughout 2020, educators around the world were confronted with the issue of how to meaningfully engage children from afar. When it became evident that in-person camps were not going to occur due to the pandemic situation, Bell Museum redirected efforts and funding to create at-home STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits for 9,000 children (ages 5-11) in the communities surrounding H.B. Fuller’s world headquarters. We are proud to support this paramount effort in providing meaningful, accessible content and activities to nourish the minds of our next generation.

“The students were absolutely excited to pick up kits at our open house. Seeing their big eyes and hearing them say ‘these are for me?’ made my day! They may seem basic to anyone else but knowing that every single student has access to materials is amazing.” – Anna Whiting, teacher at Northrop Elementary School, Minneapolis, U.S.

In addition to drive youth leadership development initiatives, we care deeply about supporting those in need of psychological, financial, healthcare, and social assistance. We are passionate about the causes we champion in developing nations, and we look forward to continuing to support equality for all. Here a couple of signature projects we are very proud of:

  • We have collaborated with Keystone Community Service’s mission in the U.S. to support and deliver their Youth Express programs in helping low-income teens succeed in the workforce through grant-making, volunteering, product donation drives, and hand sanitizer distribution. This key project teaches about work readiness and social entrepreneurship skills and provides a paying job through apprenticeships. 
  • We also have expanded our social engagement in India. H.B. Fuller has a history of providing funds to support the education of girls around the world who are often left behind. Our support of Vishrantwadi Girls’ Hostel, through our partnership with GlobalGiving and the Karuna Trust, has provided support to residential and educational facilities, including library and IT access, for nearly 80 girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Most of them are daughters of rural day laborers living in villages around Pune, India, where our facility is located.

Each year, H.B. Fuller awards more than $1.3 million in grants to support STEM education, youth leadership development, racial equity, as well as other causes selected by employees. Grantmaking is just one way we support the communities where we participate. Learn more about H.B. Fuller Company Foundation programs and grants. 

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