Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has made a big impact on the field. Jenkins, a two-time Super Bowl champion and a three-time Pro Bowler, is one of the best at his position.
Jenkins has also been a standout through his efforts in the community. This summer The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Drexel University have a summer camp for youngsters in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. It’s a six-week Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Athletics and Math (STEAM) summer program for middle school students.
The camp is free for kids through the partnership between Jenkins’ foundation, Drexel University’s ExCITE Center and Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. The program highlights the many endeavors of his organization’s efforts to make a positive change for young people. It also touches a lot of inner city kids who don’t have a lot of resources.
“We’re excited about the STEAM [program] between The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Drexel,” Jenkins said. “It’s a six-week program for about 70 kids from the empowerment zone in West Philly. We’re bringing them on campus to learn about science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and athletics and how they all kind of play together.
“They’ll be designing shoes. They will go to the shoe tech. We’ll bring them to NovaCare [Complex where the Eagles practice] to see all the things that go into our sport. They’ll learn how to make instruments, build robots, machines and coding and all kinds of things that I’m not the best at. It’s been an awesome partnership with Drexel.”
The curriculum gives the youngsters a chance to gain a lot of knowledge and experience in all the subject areas as it relates to their day to day lives. The program also incorporates music production, visual arts and virtual reality and sports science.
This year’s new models will focus on the engineering aspects behind the design of popular sneakers and will show themes of astrophysics, astroengineering and astrobiology in a week where they’re concentrated on STEAM and space.
“For 2019, we are incredibly excited to offer the camp we’ve envisioned for years. The program is entirely custom and integrated activities that transcend the boundaries of technologies, science and education. The camp is everything we believe learning should be — exciting, creative and fun — and is not available anywhere else at any price. We’re honored to offer this experience to students in the West Philly Promise Neighborhood,” said Youngmoo Kim, PhD, director of the ExCITE Center in a statement.
The Young Dragons Summer STEAM program is geared to kids living near Drexel’s campus. The summer session is currently underway through July 25.
Jenkins has learned how to balance his NFL career while making huge contributions to various communities with his foundation. He is one of the most influential athletes in the Philadelphia area.
“My calendar is crazy,” Jenkins said. “The same way I manage my day here where they schedule everything out. They just schedule every day from start to finish. To make sure I spend my time where my priorities are. Then, if I had some time here and there to do some other things then I will. It’s time management.”
Jenkins knows the importance of making a difference in the lives of others with his foundation.
“It lets you know your efforts aren’t going in vain,” Jenkins said. “When you know what you’re doing is going to have an impact. Then, it’s worth the kind of effort and investment. Hopefully, it shows other people to that the impact and more and more people want to support and more people want to get involved.”