Local Nonprofit Supports Underrepresented Young Women in STEM & Self-Enrichment

DES MOINES, Iowa - (June 14, 2021) - Jewels Academy’s leadership is proud to host Keeping the Brilliance in Jewels, a dynamic virtual fundraising event taking place on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CST. To RSVP or donate - click here.

Des Moines University President, Angela L. Walker Franklin is confirmed as this year’s keynote presenter.  Additionally, several other inspirational guest speakers will be participating. Also, during the event, two Brilliance Awards will be given; the Brilliance Servant-Leadership Award and Brilliance Young Emerging-Scholar Award.

Dr. Kimberly S. Wayne, founder and executive director of Jewels Academy said: “We are very excited to have Dr. Franklin as our keynote presenter at our inaugural fundraiser. She exhibits excellence as a STEM leader as well as models the values of Jewels Academy in serving the broader community and nation.”

Jewels Academy is a local nonprofit which offers long-term STEM and self-enrichment programs for underrepresented young women in fourth through 12th grades. Jewels Academy provides young women with unique and challenging learning experiences while preserving traditions and respect for their principles and values.

Since 2012, Jewels Academy has reached over 14,200 students in community events and served over 687 program attendees throughout the United States. Also, most importantly, 100 percent of High School Peer Mentors seek higher education or formal professional training with 75 percent choosing to study in a STEM field.

In 2020, Jewels Academy awarded more than $16,200 in college scholarships. Proceeds from the Keeping the Brilliance in Jewels fundraising event will sustain their ongoing mission.

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Jewels Academy’s mission is to provide young women the competitive edge needed to succeed academically and vocationally in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, leadership, financial stewardship, and the arts within an encouraging and nurturing environment. The central Iowa nonprofit is recognized year after year for award-winning programming. Most recently, Jewels Academy received the 2021 Seal of Approval from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for their Young Emerging Scientist program.

Jewels Academy is an informal STEM organization. Informal education is “one of the three integral parts of the U.S. education system and the other two being K-12 and higher education.”


Jewels Academy inspired me and gave me the boost I need to keep treading on.” - Carrington, a program participant from Macon, GA

Jewels Academy taught me that women can be exceptional professionals in STEM because gender is not a determinant in my ability to succeed.” - Oule, a program participant from Des Moines, Iowa

Keeping the Brilliance in Jewels is honored to have Alliant Energy as our Presenting Sponsor.