Mario Lopez hopes to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering and math in minority youth through a new endeavor that prepares children for today's competitive workforce.
The 42-year-old actor has joined an inspiring initiative called My.Future as part of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Lopez, a father of two, hopes to expose underrepresented youth to “advancements in technology and expand their digital literacy with the skills and hands-on experience that is essential in today’s competitive workforce," Latin Times reports.
“I was a club member since I was 5 years old, and I’m from Chula Vista, the border town next to Tijuana. So there was a lot of potential to kind of get in trouble and both of my parents worked,” Lopez explained. “I love it. It was a safe place and it exposed me to wrestling. I remain a supporter and ambassador today.”
Lopez hopes that his work will influence minority youth to pursue programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education). “This program gives club kids access to learn skills in the STEM field and prepare them to be able to compete in the workforce by giving them coding, web skills, robotics. And, it makes it fun,” Lopez said.
As he looks to the future, the TV host hopes to ignite a passion in all children and their educations. “We live in a different world and we have no choice, [so we] might as well prepare them," he explained. "You can never go wrong in investing in the future.”