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STEMentors Silicon Valley

About the Program


Silicon Valley’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related workforce does not represent the diversity of its population.

STEM mentoring can be an important lever for sparking the inspiration that leads students to pursue jobs in science and tech, and we believe that it should be as widely available to and utilized by girls, low-income students and underrepresented students of color as it is for other students.

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Mission of Our Coalition

Our cross-sector coalition envisions equitable access to quality STEM mentoring opportunities in Silicon Valley, building empowerment and career success one student at a time.

We will do this by aligning and growing resources to support high-impact, mentor-led STEM learning opportunities at key points in the K-20 pipeline.

The coalition will provide space for the community to troubleshoot challenges, celebrate successes, and combine resources to accomplish together what can be difficult for any one organization to do alone.


STEMentors Silicon Valley is excited to host our first annual Possible Self STEM Expo, an Experiential event, at Foothill College Sunnyvale site (1070 Innovations Way) on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 9am to 3pm.

The Possible Self is an Extreme STEM Expo for middle school students, featuring interactive presentations by exclusive and handpicked group of organizations, companies and visionaries, who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our hope is that these exhibits will ignite student’s curiosity through, experientials, storytelling, and live demonstrations.

Possible Self will give students (aspiring scientists and engineers) the opportunity to meet some influential people, who are here, making changes in the world. The goal of this event is to get students excited about this event and about STEM! The expo will masterfully integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical discoveries with unforgettable hands on encounters that visitors will not want to miss.


Possible Self is sponsored by Net App and Cisco.


Exhibitors for 2018:

49ers STEM

23 and Me

Alearn and Silicon Valley Educational Foundation

Citizen School

Foothill College EMT

Foothill College Dental Hygiene

Foothill College Science and Engineering Club

Kaiser Permanente

Krause Center of Innovation



National Inventors Hall of Fame


San Mateo Forensic Lab

Science from Scientists

Skool Mentor

Teen Tech San Francisco


Learn more about Possible Self STEM  Expo Experiential Event

Our Team

STEMentors Staff

Lori Silverman, PhD, Executive Director

Dr. Lori Silverman has worked in higher education for over 18 years where she has received three NSF grants for student success in STEM and founded a startup company focused on improving retention in community college students.  Lori, as a naturalized US citizen from Vietnam, is dedicated to closing achievement gaps and increasing diversity in STEM through application of new technology and innovations.

Danielle Perryman, Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

Danielle is a STEM professional having graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Master of Science degree in Integrative Biology. She is also a Silicon Valley native having attended K-12 and college in San Jose.


Steering Committee

  • Tzipor Ulman, Science is Elementary
  • Karl Welch, Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Kelly Petrich, Cisco
  • Donna Miranda, Foothill College
  • Anna Schlegel, NetApp
  • Duaine Pryor, Mentor Graphics
  • Nimisha Khanduja, Alearn Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  • Wanda Kurtcu, Consultant
  • Suba Marti
  • Alicia Vazquez

Our Partnership

US 2020

Mission Statement: US 2020’s mission is to change the trajectory of STEM education in America by dramatically scaling the number of STEM professionals engaged in high-quality STEM mentoring with youth. We are specifically focused on programming that supports underserved and underrepresented students. US 2020 launched at the 2013 White House Science Fair and is now building a working community of committed companies, organizations, schools, government agencies, and cities. This community is leading the way in building a quality-driven STEM Mentoring Movement. Learn more about US 2020 in Silicon Valley.

AmeriCorps VISTA

Mission Statement: AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA's partnership with US 2020.

STEMentors 2018 Meetings

STEMentors Silicon Valley

Our coalition meets quarterly. For more information, contact Danielle Perryman at

Date Time Location
OCTOBER 25,  2018



Citizen School, Sobrato Center in Redwood City

NOVEMBER 3, 2018


9AM-3PM Foothill College, Sunnyvale Site, 1070 Innovation Way
JANUARY 2019    
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Lori Silverman