By: Katy Wong – Ethnic Seattle

October 7, 2015

There is no shortcut on the path to success, especially for minority groups. Jon Madamda, who grew up as a Filipino-American in Hawaii with limited education opportunities, decided to give back to the community and the next generation by creating technology courses for 50 children at the Filipino Community Center in Seattle.

The positive response from the community has lead Madamada to expand his idea, and created the non-profit startup called STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN). SPIN focuses on teaching children in low income communities and homeless multicultural youths. The program offers classes in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

“If they’re interested in science or engineering, they’ll have the confidence and background to enter it with self-assurance,” said SPIN site coordinator Pete Intravartolo to Seattle’s Child. “Providing opportunities and giving empowerment to these kids may lead to a career that many would not have considered otherwise.”

Some basic classes that STEM provides include robotics, computer technology literacy, computer building, and minecraft camp.


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