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[caption id="attachment_720" align="alignleft" width="300"] A CVCA student experiments with an Oculus virtual reality headset.[/caption] Lumity, a Chicago nonprofit organization focused on career readiness, aims to help its corporate partners give back to the community. One of their partners, Accenture, hosted a Career Site Visit for students...

Student Web Creators to Unveil Websites Created for Local Businesses On Saturday, June 4, Chicago-based Lumity presents the inaugural “2016 SBE Competition,” an event that is a culmination of the efforts of local business partners and some newly tech-savvy teenage entrepreneurs, which reveals the valuable impact of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) training with some fascinating results.

By Etelka Lehoczky At Amundsen High School on Chicago’s North Side, there are a few things no student is ever without: jeans worn with just the right attitude; a bulging backpack; and, the most important item of all – a cell phone. The importance of phones in teens’ lives inspired a unique exercise at Amundsen on a recent day in May. The challenge: Design a smartphone app. Divided into groups of 4-6, students sought to envision apps and plan ways to develop them.blue-shirts Guiding the teens were volunteers from global IT firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). How did a multinational company with over 350,000 employees come into the lives of kids at a neighborhood high school? It’s thanks to Chicago-area nonprofit Lumity.

By Etelka Lehoczky At first it may seem like an ordinary April day at Waukegan’s Greenbelt Cultural Center, just outside of Chicago, but in the big ballroom the air is humming. At tables all around the room, small groups of teenagers are hard at work – murmuring, laughing and capturing ideas on laptops.” [caption id="attachment_695" align="alignright" width="300"]Forsythe staff team up with Waukegan High School students to build business case for a mock smartphone app. Forsythe staff team up with Waukegan High School students to build business case for a mock smartphone app.[/caption] The teens have been brought together thanks to a complex partnership – and some creative thinking – by three innovative Chicago organizations. The kids attend Waukegan High School, a culturally diverse institution with more than 4,000 students. They’re being aided by employees of Forsythe Technology, Inc., a privately held, employee-owned company based in Skokie, Ill. Then there’s the fulcrum: Chicago-area nonprofit Lumity, which organized the event as part of its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career Readiness Program. After 32 years in operation, Lumity is shifting its mission to focus on providing transformational experiences for at-risk youth that prepare them for lifelong STEM careers. The exercise today is to conceive and create a business case for a mock smartphone app. As the teens work through their designs they must think creatively, assess one another’s ideas and hone their presentation skills. And they’re clearly having a great time doing it.

Bryant Wallace has been a long-time partner and volunteer for the Lumity STEM career readiness program. He spent a lot of time with the participants of the Summer Youth Employment Program in 2014 and supported teams in the STEM Saturdays program in 2015. Just last month, he shared his story for the largest STEM Talk audience to date. Wallace shakes hands with honors students.

Volunteer with goIT!

TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) is a long-time partner of Lumity. Together we’re working to increase student’s exposuregoIT, a program by TATA Consultancy services to and interest in STEM-related careers. This July, Project Exploration & goIT-student technology awareness program are hosting a three-day camp to teach students concepts of programming, but we can't do it alone! You can help TCS and Lumity inspire students by volunteering your time for goIT!

“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!