Hali Academy exposes underserved students to opportunities in the STEM sector. Our mission is to make STEM accessible to all students regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. Minorities are currently highly underrepresented in the industry; consequently we provide scholarships to students pursuing careers in STEM.
Tamba Hali enjoyed a successful career in the NFL and was known for getting sacks and causing havoc on the field. Now he is sacking the opportunity gap in the STEM field. Tamba Hali’s passion grew from watching his father Henry Hali serve as a science teacher and professor for over 30 years. Coming from the poorest country in the world, Liberia, Tamba allowed education to be his way out. That being said, Hali Academy will impact underserved students in both America and Liberia.
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As the U.S. has transformed rapidly to an information-based economy, employment in science, technology, engineering and math occupations has grown – outpacing overall job growth. Since 1990, STEM employment has grown 70% (from 9.7 million jobs to 17.3 million jobs) and computer jobs have seen a whopping 338% increase over the same period (Pew Research Center).
Black and Hispanic individuals continue to be underrepresented in the STEM arena. Blacks make up 11% of the overall U.S. workforce but represent 9% of STEM workers, while Hispanics comprise 16% of the U.S. workforce but only 7% of all STEM workers (Pew Research Center).
Meanwhile, only 44% of primary-age students attend primary school in Liberia. After 15 years of civil war and an outbreak of Ebola in 2015, many students do not have access to schools. The Hali Academy in Liberia will specialize in STEM and expose students to different careers within the field.