About Us

About Us


The mission of SAM Academy is to help communities build leadership and capacity for success by supporting youth and their parents to become contributing members of society through STEM and the Arts. This mission will be accomplished through community based educational programs grounded in Respect for diverse learners; Equity and social justice; Positive Youth Development through inter-generational mentoring; and innovation in technology.


Are intelligent and have the power to learn,

Are curious & creative in ways that make sense of their world,

Can succeed in STEM and the Arts if given the opportunity.

SAM Academy offers after-school, in-school, weekend, and summer learning through unique programming and high quality instruction for children in Sanger and communities throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. Our mission is to provide community-based programs that allow youth accessible, equitable, and engaging ways to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the Arts. SAM Academy also supports the development of youth leadership, inter-generational mentoring, and community building through our STEM & Art/Maker Mentors â€“high school youth from our community that work with young kids as positive role models trained to bring them high quality science, art, music, and making experiences. Our community-based programs have become strong deterrents to juvenile violence, drug experimentation, and gang joining. 

SAM Academy provides a science and engineering program and facilitated activities and outcomes that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Scientific and Engineering Practices (CDE, 2013). The curriculum and workshops offered emphasize topics from physical science and engineering, technology, and the applications of science.  SAM Academy workshops, field-trips, and STEM camps engages students to collaboratively build, test, and reflect on their learning, increases their intellectual engagement and supports their quest to understand both the man-made and natural world around them.

Low cost music and art lessons, and refurbished instruments provide access for many children who would otherwise not be able to participate. The music and art studio provides a nexus between tradition, culture, STEM and the arts while providing a foundation for developing musical creativity and artistic expression. An important cultural component of the community that is also a strong deterrent to negative life choices commonly made by youth. 

SAM Academy is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. #45-3484626