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Transformative $2M Donation from Amgen and The Amgen Foundation Propels kidSTREAM Forward

Updated: Jun 5


kidSTREAM Children’s Museum has received its largest donation to date, $2,000,000 from Amgen and the Amgen Foundation, towards their ongoing comprehensive campaign to build a children’s museum in Ventura County.

CAMARILLO, California, May 22, 2024 - kidSTREAM Children’s Museum has received its largest donation to date, $2,000,000 from Amgen and the Amgen Foundation, towards their ongoing comprehensive campaign to build a children’s museum in Ventura County.


Amgen's investment in kidSTREAM underscores its commitment to advancing STEM education and empowering future generations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. By joining forces with kidSTREAM, Amgen is helping to level the playing field and ensure that every child has the opportunity to explore, innovate, and succeed.


 "Amgen is excited to support kidSTREAM Children's Museum, as we share a mutual goal of fostering a lifelong love of learning," said Emily Razaqi, senior vice president at Amgen and Chair of the Amgen Foundation. "We believe in the power of STREAM education to prepare future leaders and innovators, and we are proud to support the local efforts to bring science education to more of our local community."


Michael Shanklin, Executive Director of kidSTREAM, expressed his gratitude for Amgen's visionary support. "We are deeply honored to receive this transformative $2M donation from Amgen and the Amgen Foundation,” said Shanklin. “Ventura County is currently home to the largest population of school-age children without a local children’s museum in Southern California, and Amgen’s commitment to increasing access to STREAM-based education is truly inspiring. With their generous contribution, we are one step closer to bringing the full vision of kidSTREAM to life."


With a planned mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits and programming focused on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math, kidSTREAM Children’s Museum will bring increased access to hands-on, interactive learning that inspire and prompt curiosity to over 200,000 children growing up in Ventura County.


"Early childhood educational experiences have the power to change life trajectories," said Bryan Yee, Board Chair at kidSTREAM. "As we continue to make progress toward opening, we are seeing a beautiful story of a community of individuals, volunteers, businesses and foundations coming together to ensure that every child has the opportunity to discover what they are good at, be invested in at an early age, and make their mark on the world."


For more information about kidSTREAM Children's Museum, visit www.kidstream.org


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About kidSTREAM

kidSTREAM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is an emerging children’s museum, coming soon to Ventura County. With a focus on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math (the “STREAM” in kidSTREAM), the museum aims to inspire curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills in young learners. Because early childhood educational experiences can change a child’s life trajectory, kidSTREAM is committed to access for all children, regardless of socioeconomic,

physical, developmental and emotional ability. Through interactive exhibits, educational programs, and community partnerships, the museum will provide an engaging environment where kids explore, play, and discover.


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