Blogging Around 3/11-3/17

March 11

Spring forward – If you think Daylight savings time is an American thing or even a recent change in how we keep time, think again. Daylight Savings Time is used in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over 1 billion people. In 1908, residents of Port Arthur, Ontario (Thunder Bay today) were the first to use Daylight Savings Time and Germany and Austria began in 1916. It started way before then though – ancient civilizations used similar practices. For example, the Roman water clocks used different scales for different months of the year.  Who knew thousands of years ago our ancestors lost an hour of sleep around this time of year too?  It is time to change more than just the time, it’s time to change the futures of youth that may not have the tools or support in place to succeed. @UshersNewLook, we’re changing that narrative. We serve over 5,000 youth from schools with the lowest graduation rates and 98% of our students not only graduate but go on to higher education.


March 14

What is your favorite kind of Pi?

March 14th celebrates the mathematical constant that is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159 or Pi. The first known large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as a physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies.

S.T.E.M. jobs are growing exponentially, yet the gap in employment remains. A whopping 67% of Science and Engineering jobs are held by white workers. Asian men and women make up 21%, meaning only 12% of employees are other minorities. @UshersNewLook is helping under privileged kids break into emerging job markets by having successful scholastic careers.