Our Programs and Partners

Workforce Development

Advancing Economic Opportunity Through STEM Technical Careers

Launched in 2015, the Siemens Foundation’s workforce development investments promote awareness of opportunities in STEM technical careers, and scale effective education and training models that help young adults prepare for well-paying jobs.

Our Partners

National Governors Association (NGA)

Work-Based Learning Policy Academy

 

The NGA Center for Best Practices, with support from the Siemens Foundation, is leading states in scaling high quality work-based learning for young adults by addressing systemic barriers across state education and training systems. Currently in Phase III, the Academy has engaged more than a third of the states through a mix of intensive technical assistance, peer learning, and topic-based learning labs.

 

Leveraging the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), a historic $175 million federal investment to expand registered apprenticeships, the Center provides tailored support and peer-learning for grantees to achieve and sustain success.  The goal – scale registered apprenticeships in the U.S., expand the model to new industries and underrepresented populations, and share innovations nationwide.

 

 

National League of Cities

Economic mobility is out of reach for too many youth and young adults who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), are disconnected from school and/or the workforce, and others who are marginalized from quality educational and career opportunities. These young people face structural barriers to accessing career pathways and quality jobs, particularly in high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. To address these challenges, the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families has launched the Youth Excel: Cities Advancing Equitable Youth Economic Recovery and Empowerment, made possible with the generous support of the Siemens Foundation. The goal of Youth Excel is to support cities in creating equitable career outcomes for marginalized youth and young adults. Youth Excel is now working with six leading cities (Bridgeport, CT; Houston, TX; Lauderhill, FL; Madison, WI; Sacramento, CA; Saint Paul, MN) to set audacious goals and drive policy and practice toward equity for marginalized young people by focusing on STEM career pathways; improving job quality for youth; and elevating youth voices.

Education Strategy Group

The benefits and opportunities derived from networks and relationships —known as social capital—matter tremendously for educational and economic opportunity. However, systemic barriers in our education system disproportionately keep learners of color and those in poverty from understanding the power of relationships and how best to leverage them to narrow or eliminate existing employment inequities. Through the generous support of the Siemens Foundation, Education Strategy Group, a mission-driven consulting firm focused on eliminating educational barriers to social and economic mobility, will be leading a two-year initiative to support five communities across the U.S. in designing and implementing strategies within career pathways, work-based learning, and advising efforts to build the social capital of underrepresented learners. The initiative aims to expand high school student networks, make those networks visible to students, and teach students how to activate those networks on their own behalf to secure a good job in a high-value STEM or technical field.

The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA)

The Siemens Foundation is one of a coalition of funders supporting The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA), a multi-year collaborative initiative advancing high-quality apprenticeship in high school and community colleges across the country.  Building on the cornerstones of paid on-the-job learning; related classroom instruction; and ongoing assessment, advancement, and postsecondary credit and credential attainment, PAYA is scaling the youth apprenticeship model to address structural barriers to equitable education and career achievement for all students, regardless of their zip code or background. The PAYA partnership is made up of national non-profits and regional practitioners and is led by New America.

Washington Association for Community Health

The Washington Association for Community Health brings community health centers together to collaborate and expand access to high-quality health care. Working with the Siemens Foundation allows us to expand our innovative, IN-REACH healthcare apprenticeship programs that cultivate an equitable and sustainable community health workforce.  

Workforce Matters

Workforce Matters' Fund for Workforce Equity is a new collaborative funding initiative that aims to center workers of color in workforce policy and program design and implementation, one of the primary recommendations in Workforce Matters’ Racial Equity Framework for Workforce Development Funders. The Fund will provide flexible resources and support to workforce development organizations seeking to pilot and learn from new strategies as well as innovate on or extend existing strategies that respect, value, and honor the skills and perspectives that workers, learners, and job candidates bring to the table and that invest in building the power and agency of People of Color in the workplace. 

Health Equity

Promoting Equity for All

The Siemens Foundation is committed to economic, social and racial justice for all in the United States. Investments in community development and health equity promote a safe and healthy workforce, two foundations of a strong economy.

Our Partners

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH) is a network of community-based members that deliver quality health and human services to over 15 million persons annually with a focus on “the best health for all”.

¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is the NAHH's health and wellness event series, promoting healthy lifestyles in Hispanic communities.  The Siemens Foundation is the national sponsor of the 2022 series of events that include free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, health and wellness activities for the whole family, and referrals to community health services. 

Choose Healthy Life

Choose Healthy Life (CHL) is the leading, national faith-based initiative to address the disparate impacts of COVID-19 and health disparities on Black Americans and create healthier communities. Through a network of Black churches in five (5) key cities—Atlanta, Detroit, Newark, New York, and Washington, DC—CHL has implemented a national model to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and tracing in Black Communities that lack these resources. This network is also a durable infrastructure to expand to address other endemic health disparities in the Black community. With support from the Siemens Foundation, CHL is able to develop and execute education and training curriculum for the church-based health navigators, and a marketing communications strategy to raise awareness of the resources, and testing services available to enable better health. 

Washington Association for Community Health

The Washington Association for Community Health brings community health centers together to collaborate and expand access to high-quality health care. Working with the Siemens Foundation allows us to expand our innovative, IN-REACH healthcare apprenticeship programs that cultivate an equitable and sustainable community health workforce.  

COVID-19 Outreach

Since 2020 the Siemens Foundation has provided $7 million to advance health equity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

 

Aligning with its commitment to advance health equity, the Siemens Foundation, including funding from the Siemens Healthineers Fund of the Siemens Foundation, is committed to supporting critical organizations so they can continue serving communities most impacted by COVID-19. 

 

In the spring of 2021, the Siemens Foundation provided $1.4 million in COVID-19 vaccination grants to five non-profit organizations across the country that provide direct outreach to promote vaccine adoption in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Organizations include: Morehouse School of Medicine, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Urban Indian Health Institute, UnidosUS, and United Way New York City in partnership with Choose Healthy Life.  us/en/company/press/press-releases/foundation/supporting-covid-19-vaccine-distribution.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships for the Children of Siemens Employees

The Siemens Foundation advances equity and inclusion in its scholarship programs and distributes scholarships proportionally and equitably to children of non-exempt and exempt employees at Siemens companies.

High school juniors who are children of active, full-time Siemens employees are eligible to apply for a $4,000 scholarship. Winners are selected based on their academic record throughout high school, PSAT/NMSQT test scores, school recommendations, significant contributions to the school and community, and the student’s statement of goals and interests. This program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

 

Further information for Siemens employees

 

The Siemens Career Path Employee Scholarships (“CP Scholarships”) are designed to support and inspire the children of Siemens employees who may wish to pursue middle-skill STEM careers and other areas of study, by providing providing two-year and four year scholarships to attend an accredited community college, technical school, junior college, college or university.  All phases of the Siemens Foundation Career Path Scholarship Program including the selection of the winners and payment of the scholarships are managed for the Siemens Foundation by International Scholarship and Tuition Service, Inc. (ISTS).