STEM education through dirt bikes
Baltimore native Brittany Young has programmed nuclear plants , developed medical devices and planned satellite explorations. But she finds the most satisfaction in STEM education and service to her community. Young is the founder of B-360, an organization that uses dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline and build bridges in communities. Through STEM education, community engagement and workforce pipelining and events, the organization is changing the perception of engineers and dirt bike riders. Since launching in March 2017, the organization has served over 5,000 students, employed dirt bike riders/ex-offenders and worked with city officials.
Brittany hopes she can help reimagine city planning and government best practices, create events for this style of riding that parallels motocross, and provide a model for culturally relevant programming and curriculum. She wants people to recognize and appreciate the natural genius and talent found in cities and to provide an opportunity to channel people's passions. Young was empowered to create opportunities that increase diversity in STEM fields and counter negative narratives. With Baltimore City Community College and NASA, she awards a merit-based scholarship and internships designed to increase the number of African Americans in STEM fields, starting at the community college/GED level, and to help diversify careers with NASA .