Leg Up and Balance Innovation Center (BIC) are integral parts of each other. The founders of BIC/Leg Up have been in STEM fields for over 20 years each. Throughout their education and career, they have experienced the challenges of being a woman or a minority. They understand how important it is to have the early support and role models to provide encouragement and support during every stage, from when one first becomes interested in STEM through their careers. Their goal is to create environments that lead to an increase in STEM academic retention and retention in STEM careers for women and minorities.
Leg Up is focusing on students, their families and their community. Leg Up wants to make it so that kids that love STEM do so with confidence. We create programs that allow families, peers and the community to learn about STEM careers as a exciting, attainable potential. And first and foremost, Leg Up wants to provide the resources and support to students that are needed to make them successful, whether it is in K-12 or in college.
The founders of BIC and Leg Up are here because they have been allowed to stand on the shoulders of those before them. Those shoulders have given them the confidence and tools to overcome the challenges they have faced. Those shoulders have given them the inspiration to want to give their shoulders to others to stand on. They will give those who come to Leg Up a leg up onto those shoulders.