At its September meeting, the Board of Georgia Youth Science Technology Center (GYSTC) elected Jennifer-Harper Taylor as a member the organization’s governing board.  Ms. Harper-Taylor is a long time official with Siemen’s Foundation having held many positions there since 1999 including serving as Vice-President, then President from 2010 to 2015.  Currently, she leads numerous educational outreach efforts focused on enhancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for teachers and schools on a national scale. Her efforts have contributed toward Siemen’s Foundation’s philanthropic support in excess of 100 million dollars since 1998 directed toward these populations.

Ms. Harper-Taylor’s wide experience as an advocate for increased exposure and training for teachers and youngsters in STEM fields aligns perfectly with the GYSTC mission.  GYSTC, since 1989, has offered a variety of innovative teacher support and student learning opportunities in STEM to Georgia communities statewide, especially in rural and under-served communities of greatest need.  The 18-member GYSTC board, now led by recently elected board president Don Barbour, also a veteran of Siemen’s Foundation, is dedicated to providing leadership and resources to further the goal of preparing a STEM-qualified workforce to fuel Georgia industries and boost the state’s economy to ensure its place as a future national leader in science and technology.

“The election of Jennifer Harper-Taylor to our board is an asset to the GYSTC goal offering inspired and innovative leadership to the communities we serve throughout Georgia,” said Betsy Green, GYSTC Executive Director.  “As one of our earliest corporate partners, it also reaffirms the continued commitment of Siemen’s Foundation to support us in offering the best cutting edge training to Georgia teachers and students now and in the future,” she concluded.

The Georgia Youth Science Technology Center sponsors year-round programming in educational and recreational environments for students, parents, teachers and communities through science-related activities.  To learn more about GYSTC, participate in its programs or to support its mission of broadening support for STEM education, contact the GYSTC State Office at (470) 578-7592 or visit

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