Five-day immersion program prepares at-risk eighth graders for high
school and encourages their interest in science, technology, engineering
NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After-School All-Stars today announced that Teza is sponsoring its STEM
CampUs program on August 1 – August 5 at the New Jersey Institute of
Technology, where 30 students will experience and explore careers in
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Additionally, the
program prepares the low-income, urban students for their transition
into, and graduation from, high school through academic workshops,
mentoring, leadership training and group activities.
“Education helped propel me from a disadvantaged background to founding
and leading a global firm,” said Misha Malyshev, CEO of Teza. “Teza and
I commend ASAS and its efforts to prepare at-risk students for future
success through after-school programs and by helping communities across
More than 1 million students – mostly in ninth grade – drop out each
year. In response, ASAS launched We Are Ready: a middle- to high-school
transition program during the school year for eighth graders that are
poised to enter high schools with low graduation rates.
As part of the We Are Ready initiative, ASAS developed the CampUs
program in 2012 to intervene and provide support for its students that
have exhibited early warning signs for dropping out of high school.
Similar to past CampUs programs in Chicago, the focus this year in
Newark will be on career exploration as well as the world of STEM.
During the five-day STEM CampUs, participants from New York City;
Newark, N.J.; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. will learn how to
navigate the high school application and selection process; gain
exposure to STEM careers through field trips and interviews with
professionals; design technology-based applications; and build
relationships with role model-mentors, including Teza employee
“Teza’s generous support allows After-School All-Stars to offer one of
the most innovative STEM and career readiness programs in America,” said
Ben Paul, President & CEO of After-School All-Stars. “In addition to
backing the program financially Misha and his team at Teza are
volunteering their time to mentor our students and inspire them to
pursue science and technology related careers.”
Malyshev is a member of ASAS’ national board of directors. He and Teza
have sponsored the CampUs program in Chicago for three years, as well as
the After-School All-Stars Program Directors’ Retreat in Washington, D.C.
Teza is a science and technology-driven global quantitative trading
business. It is headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York;
London; Austin, Texas; and Berkeley, Calif. Misha
Malyshev has led Teza as its CEO since he founded the
company in 2009. Malyshev earned his Ph.D. in
astrophysics from Princeton University, as well as an M.S. in
theoretical physics and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. For more information, visit www.teza.com.
About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national
provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool
programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help
them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in
low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic
support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities.
Nearly 90,000 children from 13 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves
Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas,
Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington,
D.C., and, beginning in Fall 2014, Newark and Philadelphia. For more
information, visit www.as-as.org.
Kim O’Halloran, 312-553-6733