Leading The Way in STEM

February 25, 2019


On February 16, members of the Y's leadership team spent the day at Illinois Institute of Technology to learn ways we can help prepare the youth that we serve for a career in the STEM field."

Did you know that between 2017 and 2027 STEM jobs will grow by 9 percent while others will only grow by 4 percent? Nearly all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM. The YMCA of Metro Chicago is learning more and more every day about how STEM will impact the future, and we want to prepare our youth for these changes.

On Saturday, February 16, members of the Y's leadership team participated in a full-day charrette at the Illinois Institute of Technology with college students from a variety of STEM disciplines. Our goal was to learn how we could better prepare the youth we serve for higher education and, furthermore, a future career in STEM fields. We brainstormed, explored opportunities, and collectively committed to continuing to work together to create lasting change. We learned that youth need a space where they feel safe and supported to explore all the opportunities that STEM programming provides. We want our youth to have the best opportunity to have the best future, and we are going to continue to work on this.