ISTG - Who We Are
Why Technology
Why the US & Why Africa
Who We Are

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ISTG is a Chicago-founded non-profit organization, 501(c)(3), committed to promote scientific development, science literacy and STEM education in underserved communities in the US and abroad, mainly in Africa.

The goals of the ISTG organization are to: (1) increase the US STEM participation in studies, academia, professions, businesses and policymaking of historically science underrepresented groups (African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other

Pacific Islanders, women and persons with disabilities); (2) increase the STEM participation of traditionally underrepresented African STEM groups (such as girls, women, rural populations and economically disadvantaged populations); (3) create and implement the development of U.S.-sponsored Africa-centric science programs and initiatives, geared towards the promulgation of science and technology literacy throughout Africa and the advancement of scientific research and development within African and US urban educational institutions, with the potential of subsequent product development; and (4) promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the US and abroad, namely Africa.

ISTG's History

The Innovative Science and Technology Group (ISTG) came out of the need shared by its founders and many of its board members to contribute to the promotion of science literacy specifically and STEM in general throughout underserved communities in the US (African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, women and persons with disabilities) and Africa (economically disadvantaged populations, rural populations, girls and women) as well as to contribute to scientific and technological infrastructure of Africa in particular.

The Chicago-based foundation was founded in the Fall of 2006, and gained 501(c)(3) status in 2007. ISTG has created a number of programs and initiatives geared towards its primarily goal of promotion of STEM in underrepresented groups in the US & Africa, specifically:

  • ISTG's online publications SISTEM and ViewPoints, ISTG’s online publications SISTEM and ViewPoints feature exceptional individuals and institutions who contribute to innovation and social welfare as they pertain to the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and entrepreneurship in underrepresented STEM communities in the US and abroad, namely Africa
  • ISTG Young Achievers Scholarship, ISTG Young Achievers Scholarship is awarded to 8th and 9th grade students attending a US school. These ISTG Young Achievers Scholarship recipients demonstrate ISTG core values: academic excellence, academic perseverance, leadership and notable community service
  • Project AFARA™, ISTG’s international joint student initiative in which groups of middle or high school US and international (primarily African) students collaborate for a month long, on one common ISTG environmental science project
  • Project UJAMAA, an international high school technology and entrepreneurship initiative
  • Project Africa Tomorrow, a U.S.-sponsored African-based program geared towards the advancement of scientific research and development within African educational institutions, specifically universities and technikons

Within a relatively short amount of time, ISTG has recruited an international team of collaborators, and has earned the support of the Chicago-based South African Consul General, the Honorable Yusuf Omar.

Click here for an updated document summary of ISTG's activities


2011 The Innovative Science & Technology Group (ISTGTM)