H.O.P.E. Celebration attendees were both impressed and inspired by the BDJA's scholars present that evening. Dr. Anne Emery, Chair, Board of Directors for BDJA, added "It is a very hostile world for individuals who are not prepared for the 21st century global economy. The students of Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy should have no fear because their institution is preparing them to be the next generation of incredible leaders."
About Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy Now celebrating its 1st graduating class, Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy (BDJA) serves young men from Baltimore City, MD with 81% of their scholars being African Americans from low income households. Operating since 2007, BDJA serves 380 6th - 8th graders at its Academy East â€” the original campus located in the heart of historic East Baltimore. Its new high transformation school, Academy West, opened to 60 6th graders last June, and will add grades each year until fully enrolled in 2013.
Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy was named after Guion "Guy" Bluford, retired Colonel from the United States Air Force, former NASA Astronaut, and the 1st African American in space; the late Charles Drew, physician and medical researcher who developed the method for preserving and reconstituting blood; and Mae Jemison, physician, retired NASA astronaut, and the 1st African American woman to travel in space.