To empower youth in underserved communities through STEAM education, engagement, and inspiration to build a better future for all.
BigHope is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that prepares students in underserved communities for opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) fields through education, engagement and inspiration. Founded by Oren O’Neal, an engineer and retired NFL player (Oakland Raiders), BigHope provides robotics, coding, mentoring and other enrichment programs and activities to empower children living in low-income communities in Dallas, Texas.
Despite more than two decades of intense focus on STEAM education and promoting diversity, the opportunity gap remains, and many students still have limited or no access to quality STEAM curriculum in public primary and secondary schools in our communities.
The overarching goal of BigHope is to facilitate and accelerate STEAM learning for Pre-Kindergarten - 12 students to develop foundational knowledge and 21ST century skills to create pathways to future academic and career opportunities and to build a more diverse STEAM workforce.
BigHope has engaged more than 2500 students in elementary and middle schools, and community organizations in the Dallas Independent School District, empowering students, teachers, and parents, who otherwise do not have access to quality STEAM education and resources.
Together, we can improve and accelerate STEAM education for youth in our communities, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to become empowered learners who are better prepared for the future.
Our leadership team has more than 25 years of combined experience in the STEAM, education, and nonprofit sectors.