YEI is dedicated to connecting the diverse cultures within Central New York through the universal language of creativity and innovation.
"STEM itself is a universal force that leaves imprints of joy and laughter for the kids after they have finished launching their first rockets, programmed their first autonomous robots, and built towers to the heights of their imaginations..."
-Mae Martel (YEI Founder)
Home to more than 9500 new Americans over the last 10 years, Onondaga County accepts refugees at the highest per capita rate in the state, and the 3rd highest rate in the nation. YEI works with the children in these resettlement centers, Spanish Action League immigrant daycare and the Chinese Culture Center, who often do not have access to sufficient academic enrichment activities.
In the 2017 YEI Summer Camp, dancers from Ling Wang's Dance Studio located at Rock Center in Syracuse, NY were able to perform for the Northside CYO Refugee Resettlement Center.We hope that by introducing new cultures to our future generations, we can raise awareness of the beauty and power of diversity.