Paul Mincarelli, Maryland Out of School Time Network
Paul will focus on the creation of a STEM Ecosystem where educators, students, parents, nonprofits, and local businesses collaborate for enhanced opportunities for Baltimore's youth. He believes that every student in Baltimore deserves access to high-quality STEM opportunities. In the fostering of a STEM Ecosystem, more students will develop 21st century job skills, and have fun doing it.
Previously, Paul was an Americorps VISTA working on STEM programming statewide. During his year of service, he helped facilitate the start-up of the Baltimore Robotics Center and published a report entitled "Landscaping Baltimore's STEM Ecosystem." In 2015, he served as Program Manager for SummerREADS: a six-week literacy initiative that leverages recently-renovated, Baltimore Public School Libraries for Baltimore's K-3 youth. Paul has a Master of Public and International Affairs Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Why do you choose to live and work in Baltimore?
Baltimore is home for a variety of reasons: friendly citizens, strong sense of community, amazing food, and a professional environment that fosters collaboration and support. There's a creative streak here, too. Everyone you meet professionally is actually better at something else, which they keep as a hobby. Baltimore is home to storytellers, great senses of humor, hopeful altruists, and it's hard to think of anywhere else I'd rather be.
What's one surprising fact about yourself?
I went to grad school in hopes of becoming a spy.