Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology & Innovation (UK)
Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology & Innovation (UK)

Caribbean STEM Coaching Club

A joint venture project between CADSTI-UK, Future Think and BFUWI.

Equipping Caribbean families in the UK for a fast changing, technologically sophisticated world of work. 

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Who We Are

We are three Caribbean led Non-Profits – The Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology & Innovation (UK), Future Think and The British Foundation of the University of the West Indies – that joined forces in 2015 to raise the STEM achievement levels of Caribbean families in the UK. This is necessary.  The STEM achievement levels of our Caribbean communities have long been  worryingly low. Yet a strong STEM foundation is critical to opening doors to well paid jobs in our fast changing, technologically sophisticated, 21st century jobs marketplace. Given the shifts in our economy in the wake of COVID-19, strong digital skills in particular are now more important than ever.

What We Do

We want our students to excel in exams but our ambitions are far greater. We:
1. Open eyes to the significant opportunities available to those with the right skills and the right mindset;
2. Actively seek to ignite a passion for STEM, and build the emotional resilience, motivation and confidence needed to succeed;
3. Encourage students to develop a deep understanding of STEM concepts, and to be collaborative, life long learners.

So our programme is holistic. Moreover, since research shows clearly that parents play a crucial role in children’s academic achievement and career choices, we work extensively with and through parents, and run tightly facilitated, bespoke  “parents helping parents” problem solving discussions. The close involvement of parents also helps us to manage safeguarding considerations.

We are not a school nor a tutoring service, and we do not follow a set curriculum. We strategically target and strengthen areas of weakness, including STEM concepts, study habits, revision strategies and exam techniques.

We draw on the expertise of STEM specialist teachers and a qualified and experienced parenting educator to inform and shape our programme, and we deliver both face to face and online. High achieving STEM professionals and university students share their  professional and/or academic experiences with our students, and open their eyes to new and different opportunities emerging in the jobs marketplace. At the same time, we believe that we are all on a learning journey together. Everyone has valuable insights and expertise to share. and we encourage all Club members to connect, share and learn from each other. 

We work in line with Data Protection and Safeguarding policies.

Fundraising

Our programme is free. Sponsors, supporters, parents, students, specialist STEM teachers and many  high achieving professionals  give generously to the Club in both cash and kind.  We are grateful. 
 
We take accountability and transparency seriously.  Please see below our financial control procedures and our financial statements for the years ended 30 June 2018 and 30 June 2019. 

finance procedures

2018 & 2019 accounts

Register using the forms below:

Student registration

Mentor/Coach registration