NYSTEC and KIPP Tech Valley Middle School (KIPP TVM) have formed a new community partnership. KIPP TVM is part of a larger national network of schools from across the United States with each KIPP school being locally run with its own school board. There are four KIPP schools across Albany, soon to expand into Troy, and has about 1,500 enrolled students. Approximately 92% of students come from economically disadvantaged homes and about 95% of KIPP students are black and brown. KIPP is tailored to meet its community’s needs by providing snacks, meals and longer school days to help keep students nourished both physically as well as intellectually.
A core KIPP mission is to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In honor of this, NYSTEC has donated $5,000 towards a new Robotics Program for 7th/8th grade students. In addition to the donation, NYSTEC will be recruiting volunteers from our talented staff to help support this great endeavor. The students will be learning how to program the robotics using Scratch, a drag and drop block software and will assemble their own robot.
KIPP’s ultimate goal is to help raise and educate students to have a life full of choices. NYSTEC fully endorses this and welcomes KIPP to this new community partnership.
April 9th, 2021 was Go Blue for Autism Awareness Day at NYSTEC—in support of understanding and acceptance for people with autism. Mostly working from home and participating on webex calls, NYSTEC’ers wore blue and participated in blue-themed computer and or smart phone generated group photos as NYSTEC was proud to go blue for all of our friends and family touched by autism. A donations goal of $500 was set and will be made at the end of the month to the Friendship Circle of the Capital District, a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs.
NYSTEC teams from around the state donned all of the red apparel and used whatever background affects they could find to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement that encourages people to take action through the month of February by: Wearing red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.
NYSTEC strives to be a good corporate citizen making impacts in the communities in which we live and work. Due to the COVID outbreak in 2020, NYSTEC was unable to gather as they normally would, but still wanted to share our successes. With that in mind, NYSTEC decided to make donations to support those struggling with food insecurity. Donations were made to the Rome Rescue Mission, Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York, and NY Common Food Pantry. Across our NYSTEC locations, we have worked with these organizations in the past, and are so very pleased to support them again during these extraordinary and challenging times.
October 18, 2020. This year’s annual Walk Across the Hudson to Defeat ALS was conducted from home as teams across the Hudson Valley set out on their own to participate and contribute to this noble cause. NYSTEC’s participation actually materialized in the Northern NJ town of Haworth, about five miles west of the Hudson River. NYSTEC’s contribution reached almost $600.00 to support people in the Hudson Valley community with ALS and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
Despite the cancellation of this year’s main event at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park near Poughkeepsie, NY, NYSTEC’s A Team and many others were still able to walk and make a difference in the lives of those affected by ALS.