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Equipping young adults for thriving STEM careers with STEMWorks

70%+

STEMWorks participants step into well-paying STEM jobs—with opportunities for advancement

100%

Young adults from backgrounds under-represented in STEM

88%

Efficacy rate of participants achieving a positive outcome

85%+

STEMWorks participants successfully complete the STEMWorks program

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STEMWorks supports young adults in career planning and successful futures

STEMWorks is an intensive, holistic employment program for recent graduates of Chicagoland’s high schools who do not have a college or career plan. Working with our corporate partners, STEMWorks engages, trains, and places young adults into high-quality STEM-related, entry positions in IT, healthcare, construction, the trades, manufacturing and more. We then guide and support them for success in their first job and onto their STEM career pathway.

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STEMWorks helps recent high school grads succeed in family sustaining STEM jobs

STEMWorks benefits for our students, community and partners

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STEMWorks participants receive support in clearing obstacles to job success, including access to transportation, childcare, counseling, and more

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STEMWorks graduates become part of a STEM professional alumni network that provides mentorship and supports their STEM education and career advancement beyond their first job

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Chicagoland acquire a new generation of young people with STEM skills in IT, construction, the trades, healthcare and more—all skills that contribute to Chicagoland’s quality of life

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Our communities provide a new way for high schools to connect new graduates to quality, living-wage STEM employment

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Corporate partners benefit from Lumity’s ongoing supports and mentoring for the STEMWorks participants they hire—furthering employee satisfaction and retention goals

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Employers gain new ideas and energy from STEMWorks participants ready and eager to take on their new roles

Join STEMWorks and launch your STEM career!

Live in the Chicagoland area, are between the ages of 17-24, and seeking a career path? If so, come join the STEMWorks program to launch your career in STEM!


  • checkFind a career path that excites you and supports your financial goals
  • checkGet job coaching and mentoring to ensure success in your new career
  • checkDevelop new skills that will last a lifetime
  • checkGain access to employers in the growing fields of construction trades, healthcare, IT/Technology, Manufacturing and more

Obtain certifications for the career path of your choice. Examples include OSHA-10, CPR/First Aid, and NCCER certifications for the construction trades; and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT), Certified EKG Technician (CET), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) for healthcare; IT certifications for a technology pathway; and more!

Training locations near you: the South Loop at 1132 S. Wabash Ave in Chicago; Southside Chicago at Chicago Vocational Career Academy and Simeon Career Academy; Westside in Belmont Cragin neighborhood at Prosser Career Academy; Virtually and more! 

* STEMWorks is made possible through two grants: Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois Works grant and IL Dept. of Human Services Illinois Youth Investment Program grant.

Success Story

Lumity students success

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“Lumity helped me get my job. My whole attitude and the way I do things is because of Lumity. They helped me get focused and helped me figure out what I need to do for my future. They didn’t give up on us. They pushed us and they really care.”

Adrian Willis
2019 Participant
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“Lumity taught me the skills I needed to get a job and get a job I was interested in and could improve in. They still check in with me to make sure I’m progressing. It makes me feel good that somebody has my back.”

Deon Brown
Graduate

Join other STEM leaders to help the STEMWorks program make a difference!

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Querube Della Cella

Relationship Manager

STEMWorks

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

STEM Talks

Share advice and inspire our students by becoming a STEM Talks volunteer. With your help, our students see the possibilities of a STEM career.

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