MTN STEM Solutions, LLC
21st Century Youth Empowerment
MTN STEM Solutions ("MSS") was founded by Hayden Fink in 2018. Mr. Fink has over 40 years of human rights work experience with diverse populations in the United States and abroad. MSS seeks to change the Paradigm of Education from degrees and diplomas to workforce development, job skills, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and STEM career awareness.
MSS believes that every child and young person, without exception, deserve an opportunity to succeed in society with dignity, honor, and respect. We work with schools, after-school programs, businesses, community leaders, and organizations to empower K-12 students, teachers, parents, and their communities with 21st Century STEM knowledge, experience, and innovative solutions.
MTN STEM Solutions
21st Century Youth Empowerment
MTN STEM Solutions brings a unique perspective to STEM and STEAM education. The role and importance of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics in our society has grown exponentially in the 21st Century.
The United States continues to face difficult challenges in rural, suburban, and urban communities ranging widely from poverty, the opioid epidemic, unemployment and underemployment, to a fundamental disconnect between educational institutions and the private and public sector.
MSS believes that we can address many of these problems through a dedicated and innovative reset of our ideas about education to open young minds to the benefits of education as a means towards meaningful and well-compensated employment.
The students' oft-asked question of "why do I need to know this?" should have a wide spectrum of answers according to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required and applied to the jobs and careers related to the topic of study.
Slowly the education business is recognizing the interconnectivity of diverse subjects and the universality of learning as it applies to real life and well-compensated employment.
MSS recognizes the importance of creating a 21st Century Workforce of young Americans who will have the education, training, and skills to lead our communities throughout the country into the future.
The United States needs an educated, highly skilled workforce who understand their role in the workplace and economy, as well as their role as responsible members of society.
Life and work are interconnected. Soft skills and hard skills are equally important and essential to our success at home and at work. We are facing a sea change in our lifetimes where the world is changing and we must change with it. Our children and our young people must be given the opportunity to succeed.
MSS seeks to develop and cultivate a fundamental understanding and appreciation of education as the path to 21st Century Youth Empowerment and career awareness.
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
"The US needs 1 million more STEM professionals over the next decade than it is projected to produce at the current rate." - National Math and Science Initiative
The new 21st Century workplace and global economy have shifted the emphasis in American and Global Education from traditional education and testing to workforce development. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ("STEM") are intricately woven together in every aspect of our personal and professional lives from the gadgets we use to communicate, our modes of transportation, the variety of entertainment and leisure pursuits, to the basic infrastructure of our utilities, and in nearly every workplace and profession.
MSS promotes effective STEM education solutions. We recognize the importance of developing partnerships to ensure that together, we bring a comprehensive understanding and embrace of the importance of STEM to school administrators, teachers, students, families, employers, communities, and government at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
STEM is an integral part of our personal and professional lives at home, in society, at our workplaces, as members of the Global Village, and as competitors in the international economy.
Member: ASCD - Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.
Education and Employment in the 21st Century
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Education is much more than a degree or a diploma. Education occurs at home, at school, in the workplace, and throughout our lives. The new paradigm of education must evolve towards workforce development in a comprehensive medley of soft and hard skills that are flexible and adaptable to any workplace or combination of tasks.
Children and young people have the ability to learn knowledge, skills, character, and ethics, along with the ability to get along with others. Education has broader applications than simply fulfilling qualifications. We need to educate an eminently capable new generation of workers who are ready to change and adapt with ease and enthusiasm in their jobs as new technologies continue to ebb and flow.
Critical thinking is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment. This is just as important as a specific skill or one megabyte of information. What do we do with that skill or information? STEM Education has got to reach the plateau of Workforce Development and help students prepare to perform successfully as employees, and as co-workers and/or teammates, in the workplace.
Human Rights are an essential component of Education and Employment in the 21st Century. People need well-paying jobs to support themselves and their families. The fundamental human right to food, clothing, shelter, and security is directly tied to stable employment and an income that matches and/or exceeds the U.S. National Average Wage Index.
Today's students are the next generation of adult members in our society.
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Strategic Workforce Development
"Tell me & I forget,
teach me & I remember,
involve me & I learn."
- Benjamin Franklin
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) knowledge, understanding, and skills are essential for young people entering the workforce after high school or upon completion of a college degree. The United States must adopt a more strategic approach to STEM education that recognizes workforce development as an absolute necessity for us to compete successfully in the global economy of tomorrow.
MSS is committed to promoting economic development in the United States. We have a fundamental obligation to ensure that young people are given the tools, skills, and education, that they will need to be successful in our society. We must ensure that American economic competitiveness in the global economy is a local, state, regional, and national priority as we move forward into the 21st Century.
Member: ACTE - Association for Career & Technical Education, Division: ACTE Engineering & Technology Education and ACTE-NC - North Carolina Association for Career & Technical Education, Division: North Carolina Engineering and Technology Education.
Grant Writing and Fundraising
MSS provides STEM-related grant writing and fundraising services to schools, NGOs and communities. We routinely work with public and private sector sources of funding.
Charitable giving continued its upward trend in 2017, as an estimated $410.02 billion was given to charitable causes. For the third year in a row, total giving reached record levels. This increase and the overall size of charitable contributions is further testament to the integral role charities play in our society, a role which continues to grow.
Who is giving?
* As in previous years, the majority of that giving came from individuals. Specifically, individuals gave $286.65 billion, accounting for 70% of all giving and representing a 3.0% increase over 2016.
* Giving by bequest increased by 2.3% to $35.70 billion (9% of all donations).
* Foundations - which includes grants made by independent, community, and operating foundations - gave $66.9 billion (16% of all donations). This represents a 6% increase over the prior year.
* Corporations grew by 8% to $20.77 billion (5% of all donations).
* Historically, donations from individuals account for over two-thirds of all donations. If you add in gifts from bequests, then the category accounts for nearly 80% of all giving. In other words, the donating public, not big foundations or corporations, is responsible for the vast majority of annual donations.
“Giving Statistics.” Charity Navigator, "Giving USA 2018", the Annual Report on Philanthropy,