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Sandra Goldstein has been the Program Administrator of the Moving Beyond the Bell Afterschool Programs since its opening in March 2007, and has been involved in youth development and educational programs for over 10 years. Her love for science sparked her interest in STEM programs for kids, but she was especially determined to develop these programs after noting the lack of access to science activities for youth in low-income, rural communities that are extremely isolated and characterized by limited resources. Her solution was to build relationships with community partners that focused on STEM, including collegiate, federal, public, and private institutions in order to work collaboratively to provide kids with opportunities to engage in Science.
Sandra holds a Master's degree in Education and a teaching credential as well as a Bachelor’s degree in History, with an emphasis on the History of Science and a Minor in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently sits on the California Afterschool Network's Leadership Committee and works on the Network’s STEM in Out of School Time Workgroup to develop a Regional Innovation Center. She has been an Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, advocating for the importance of Afterschool Programs. Sandra has worked in a classroom for over 5 years, working with general education, special education and severely emotionally disturbed student populations. Furthermore, she has also worked as an Assistant Director and Youth Leadership Director in youth development programs for over 5 years.