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The Winter STEM Launch event at Truman College was a dynamic collaboration between Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Truman College. This was the third STEM Launch event and it was led by Professor Mike Davis. The event was a huge success and it reached the anticipated attendance capacity of 50 high school students. Throughout the event, students participated in hands-on STEM enrichment activities that used the MaKey MaKey invention kit (see video below). The popular MIT educational technology tool was used in conjunction with the SCRATCH program language. These tools enabled students to build and program video games, musical instruments and turn everyday objects into electronic controllers.

“To position yourself favorably for the jobs of the future, become someone who can look at problems in unorthodox ways, seeing different angles and finding workable solutions," David Tuffley wrote in an article on The Washington Post website. In the article published in early January, Tuffley writes about the jobs of the future…and how to get one. What is largest sector to get a shout out from Tuffley? Information technology. His list of jobs included analysts of many kinds, web and mobile application developers, and of course, robotic specialists. Tuffley’s other predictions are hardly surprising: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, school teachers, psychologists, financial advisors, engineers in all areas, and even sales reps and construction workers. But more importantly than job titles, Tuffley outlines what he calls “generic skills” and what are commonly called “soft skills” or social and emotional intelligence. These include:

“None of us made it on our own. Someone has given us that helpful nudge at some point. It’s important that you reach back and do the same for someone else," Miguel Guerra, Winner of the Daily Point of Light Award, said about why he makes mentoring and sharing his story with students a priority. January is National Mentoring Month and Lumity is taking the opportunity to highlight the value of mentoring and encourage more individuals to take the time to mentor a young person.

tistheseasonAs we get ready to give thanks, use your skills and give back! Lumity currently has a variety of great volunteer opportunities; sign up today to get started!     Help build capacity at Chicagoland nonprofits: Peace Corner | Technology Assessment & Review On-site (with virtual potential once project has begun), 5022 W Madison Looking for a volunteer to help implement turn-key based systems and advise them on potential hardware and software that will make them more innovative and efficient; Peace Corner has relatively new technology systems. Click here to sign up! Waukegan to College | Data Cleansing, Management & Transformation Assistance On-site (with virtual potential once project has begun), Waukegan, IL Waukegan to College is looking for a volunteer to advise them on moving their data from excel, word and paper to a web based data management system.  This data management system will help them be more effective and help their small staff spend more time working directly with students to help them get to college! Click here to sign up!

A CRM is a client/ customer relationship management tool. It is a database system for tracking constituents, donors, members, volunteers and more.

How do you select the right one for your nonprofit organization?

1. Decide why you need a CRM – Are you planning to use it as a platform for all stakeholder data management or for a single segment, like donors? Have all stakeholders (not just leadership) been involved in the process? Write down your goals for selecting a CRM. Establish the current state and the desired state of your needs. Remember to keep in mind your overall strategic plan. Don’t get stuck with what you need right now. Think about what the CRM will need to do and look like in the future. Establish the team needed for the project. Make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate in this process. Also, is your staff capable of setting up and customizing a CRM or will you need external help?