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STEM Talks: Inspiring young adults to pursue STEM careers

32+

Chicagoland STEM professionals

34%

STEM Talk speakers reflect the youth served by Lumity

5,256

Chicagoland students reached

197

STEM Talks delivered

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If you can’t see it, you can’t be it

STEM Talks is Lumity’s signature volunteer experience that connects Lumity youth with Chicagoland STEM professionals and leaders, many who are from the same backgrounds and communities as our participants. STEM Talk speakers share their personal and professional journeys in STEM, highlighting why they love their job and how they continue to grow. They model for young adults how to navigate college and careers, share strategies they use to overcome challenges, and show our participants that they too can be STEM leaders.

STEMTalk speaker and student

STEM Talks volunteers help Lumity students envision their own STEM careers. Our volunteers inspire Lumity youth — and are inspired by them.

STEM Talks benefits our students and our volunteers

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Increase STEM career awareness

With STEM Talks, Lumity youth envision what is possible in STEM for themselves and are inspired to take action

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Enable skills development

Students learn strategies for navigating college and STEM careers while learning invaluable skills such as asking high quality questions and networking

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Get inspired by our students

STEM Talk speakers are inspired by the Lumity youth they connect with—their questions, their interests, and their burgeoning passion for STEM

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Provide networking opportunities

Speakers connect with Lumity students and create long-lasting relationships

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Tap into industry talent

Corporate partners introduce Chicagoland’s next generation STEM to their company’s mission and culture

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Expand corporate DEI initiatives

Employers highlight their commitment to Chicagoland youth and breaking barriers to STEM careers

STEM Talks in the pipeline


  • checkLooking for Healthcare professionals for STEMWorks soon to be graduating high school seniors who want to pursue a healthcare career.
  • checkAll hands-on-deck for Construction and Trades professionals interested in helping aspiring Apprentices in your field.
  • checkSearching for IT professionals who can help youth navigate the various technology career paths to figure out what’s right for them.
  • checkIt’s not too late to sign up to be a STEM Talk Speaker this April 2022 at our five high school partners. Here’s where we’ll be this April! 
  • Caret RightApril 25– Two Speakers at Thornridge High School
  • Caret RightApril 26– Five STEM Talks at Thornwood High School
  • Caret RightApril 27– Six STEM Talks at Amundsen High School
  • Caret RightApril 28– Two STEM Talks at Chicago Vocational Career Academy
  • Caret RightApril 29– Two STEM Talks at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center

Success Story

Lumity students success

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“The Lumity STEM Talks were the reason I pursued my dream of engineering. Listening to the decisions the speakers made in their STEM careers helped me realize that I could do it too. When there is something that would benefit me, there is nothing to lose by trying it!”

Safi Askar
Amundsen graduate
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There are so many ways to support Chicago kids and get them interested in STEM careers. If you have time, give time. If you have money, give money. If you can speak to kids, do that. If each one of us reaches one or two kids, they will grow up to reach others. Think about the impact we will have.”

Charles Gill
STEM Talk Speaker

Become a STEM Talk speaker—and inspire Chicagoland youth!

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Querube Della Cella

Relationship Manager

STEM Talks speakers

View the full list of our STEM Talks volunteers and learn about the STEM professionals working to inspire our students.

STEMWorks

Learn how our post-secondary employment program trains young adults and places them in entry-level STEM positions.

Get Involved

Whether you’re giving a corporate contribution, individual donation, or a few hours of your time, your help impacts our students.