Elevating the Voices
of Our Future Innovators

A Call From The People

The unCommission is a massive, diverse, and participatory opportunity through which 600 young people shared their experiences to identify action-ready considerations for the future of STEM learning and opportunity.

From these stories, three insights emerged that point the way forward to achieving equitable STEM education for all of our country's children, particularly for Black, Latinx, and Native American communities.

Young people have not given up; they’re fired up and want to make a difference with STEM.


It is critically important for young people to feel a sense of belonging in STEM.


Teachers are the most powerful force for fostering belonging in STEM.


Years old (median age)

People of color

Female or non-binary

of storytellers heard from a supportive adult about their story

States, including Washington, D.C.


Ten years ago, 100Kin10 launched in response to President Obama’s call to solve one of our country’s most pressing challenges–giving kids a great STEM education by preparing 100,000 excellent STEM teachers. Together, 100Kin10 helped to prepare 108,000 STEM teachers for America’s classrooms by 2021, achieving something no one thought was possible. 


Now, inspired by all that emerged from the unCommission, 100Kin10 commits to going beyond its initial goal under the new banner of Beyond100K. By 2032, Beyond100K will prepare and retain 150K new STEM teachers, especially for schools serving majority Black, Latinx, and Native American students. They'll support their network in their quest to prepare teachers who reflect and represent their students and to cultivate workplaces and classrooms of belonging, creating the conditions for all students to thrive in STEM learning. That’s how we can end the STEM teacher shortage with equity, representation, and belonging.