Cliff Freeman is the Director of STEM Programs at the Young People’s Project and a Ph.D student at Boston University, studying Mathematics and Science Education. Cliff is particularly interested in innovative and equitable approaches that broaden participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and careers for populations of youth who have been historically underrepresented. Cliff’s journey to this point began in the 10th grade when he began working at the Young People’s Project, when it was awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (award #1031633). Cliff’s main responsibility was to design, prepare, and implement how he and his peers would teach math and computer science lessons to hundreds of middle and elementary school students in his neighborhood. Cliff’s STEM story is a story he hopes millions of other disenfranchised youth can replicate: in his case, this journey led him from being a student, to professional work as a young adult, and eventually into research in the STEM education field.