To celebrate the incredible success of Black Panther, The Walt Disney Company has donated $1 million to the Boys & Girls Club of America. This was announced by the company on Monday in a statement.
This grant will be used to support the expansion of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s STEM Centers of Innovation, and that will include 12 new centers across the country.
The youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs are supporting of the various high-tech elements seen in Black Panther, displayed prominently by the technologically superior Wakanda and the country’s chief inventor Shuri. These are skills vital to help the youth succeed in life.
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger stated.
“It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”
This is a one-time grant which will support the development of the existing STEM curriculum of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and also to set up new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities all over the US, to cater to the kids and teenagers.