Northeast STEM Starter Academy

The mission of Northeast STEM Starter Academy (NSSA) is to introduce the marvels of technology and science (STEM) to underserved children through a cutting-edge informal educational center.

Based on recent events, NSSA considers themselves one step closer to realizing a building that will allow them to host a science and technology center enabling the engagement of all 9000 students in the Mount Vernon Public School System twice each school year. The three-hour educational tour for every student in every school of the planned facility will provide access and exposure to state-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibits, science and technology labs, tech-theater, classrooms and many other exciting elements that can change the lives of youngsters eager to learn and pursue careers within the STEM field. While the initial tour of the facility will get their attention, a collection of after-school, weekend and summer learning programs will be available to empower them to see and realize their future as doctors, scientist, engineers, technologists and astronauts.
NSSA has received support from the local school district. Dr. Kenneth Hamilton took over the Mount Vernon city school district as superintendent in August 2014, and some of the first conversations he had with colleagues were about expanding students’ access to STEM.

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Mount Vernon Murder Victims 2016

Shamoya McKenzie

Shamoya McKenzie

13-year-old Shemoya was fatally shot in the head by a stray bullet while riding home from basketball practice on New Year’s Eve. Shemoya, an eighth grader at the Graham School was a rising star on her school’s basketball team who dreamed of playing for the UConn women’s team. .
UConn officially made Shamoya McKenzie an honorary member of the UConn women’s basketball program Friday, complete with a No. 30 jersey to match her number at Mount Vernon. A letter enclosed in a package ended with, “Once a Husky, Always a Husky.”

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O’Neil Bandoo

O'Neal Bandoo

O’Neal was the 40-year-old owner of The Mansion nightclub who was shot and killed at his club on Christmas Day.

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