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Panasonic Awards Challenge Grant to Nonprofits Advancing STEAM Education in New Jersey

Newark, NJ and Morristown, NJ –Panasonic today announced the Panasonic Foundation, in partnership with the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ), has allocated four $25,000 Challenge Grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing STEAM education in Newark, NJ. The select recipients of this funding are After School All Stars, the Trust for Public Land, Students 2 Science, and Liberty Science Center.

With funding from the Challenge Grants, the select nonprofit partners will continue to advance and develop accessible STEAM education programs with the goal of improving education and workforce outcomes for Newark students.

“We are thrilled to award Challenge Grants to nonprofits dedicated to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders. These grants underscore our commitment to fostering accessible STEAM education, propelling Newark students toward brighter educational and workforce opportunities,” said Alejandra Ceja, Vice President of Social Impact and Inclusion at Panasonic.

Through the forthcoming STEAM CEO Initiative, After School All Stars aims to fortify career exploration by providing over 2,000 middle and high school students with experiences that inspire long-term career planning in STEAM professions.

The Trust for Public Land will implement a STEAM curriculum with 7th and 8th graders at Lincoln School that will leverage the ongoing construction of the playground as a unique learning resource. Slated for implementation in the spring of 2024, the curriculum will prepare these students for careers in the STEAM workforce of the future.

With support from the Challenge Grant, Students 2 Science will provide programming for students at the following Newark-based public charter schools: Brick Education Charter, Discovery Charter, Maria L. Varisco, Marion P. Thomas, and Phillips Academy Newark Charter.

The Liberty Science Center will further develop its signature Newark STEM Education Program, as funding provides vital support for a professional development workshop for 150 educators—ultimately impacting 3,000 students—as well as MiniMed Extravaganza, a one-day event for 550 students interested in medical careers.

"We are proud to work with the Panasonic Foundation to inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders in Newark,” said Aaron Turner, Chief Philanthropic Officer at the Community Foundation of New Jersey. “Through accessible STEAM education initiatives, we aim to propel students towards brighter educational and workforce opportunities, creating a future where innovation and knowledge thrive.”

For additional information, please contact Aaron Turner at the Community Foundation of New Jersey at (973) 267-5533 or

About the Community Foundation of New Jersey

The Community Foundation of New Jersey creates and scales custom solutions for purpose-driven individuals, families, and businesses. From creative projects that tackle critical societal or policy issues to scholarship funds, corporate philanthropy, legacy funds and donor advised funds, CFNJ manages nearly every kind of giving vehicle and tailors solutions to meet critical needs. CFNJ’s team of specialists understand the unique contours of communities and manage the scope of CFNJ investment and grantmaking capabilities with precision. With $725 million in assets, the Community Foundation grants tens of millions of dollars each year through its more than 1,100 funds. In 2022, CFNJ granted more than $150 million to nonprofits in New Jersey and beyond.

About the Panasonic Foundation

The Panasonic Foundation is devoted to increasing educational opportunities for students through strategic philanthropic investments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Our local and national mission is an extension of our core principles. We are dedicated to supporting efforts that advance educational equity. Follow the work of the Panasonic Foundation on Instagram @Panasonic.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading provider of Consumer Lifestyle technologies, as well as innovative Smart Mobility, Sustainable Energy, Immersive Experiences, and Integrated Supply Chain solutions for its business and government clients. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Holdings Corporation. One of Interbrand's Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2022, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. Learn more about Panasonic's ideas and innovations at