Lumity STEMWorks for Construction


Brief History

Founded as the Information Technology Resource Center in 1984, our first mission was to provide IT consulting services with nonprofits to make them more efficient and effective. In 2007, the organization acquired the Nonprofit Finance Center and changed its name to Lumity (illuminate + community). It was our commitment to eliminating the digital divide through starting and supporting 22 community technology centers that led Lumity to adopt its current mission in June 2016.

Mission Statement and/or Core Values

Lumity provides teens and young adults from under-resourced communities with transformational experiences that prepare them for lifelong STEM careers.

Student Demographics

Lumity serves approximately 65% Black/African Americans, 30% Hispanic/Latinx, and 5% Asians and mixed races.


In 2023, Lumity was awarded the U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild grant to launch our YouthBuild Proviso Township program in Maywood, Illinois with 45 young adults, and became a member of the Illinois YouthBuild Coalition and a YouthBuild USA Provisional Affiliate.

Programs Offered


  • STEM Career Prep is a comprehensive four-year program, embedded in partner high schools, with the goals of academic achievement, graduation and the pursuit of post-graduation STEM pathways. In its fourth year, we are seeing all students improve their skills necessary for STEM careers.
  • STEMWorks is job development and placement program specifically for Chicagoland’s recent graduates without a plan for college or careers. STEMWorks changes their futures by offering a path to high-quality, entry-level STEM jobs with long-term career opportunities and ongoing supports. 85% of participants successfully complete the program, and 70% step into well-paying STEM jobs, with advancement opportunities. Our three STEMWorks programs are:
  • ·Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship is designed for youth who are 18 or older who have their high school diploma or GED who want to enter the construction industry. Participants obtain employment skills, NCCER, CPR/First Aid and OSHA-10 certifications, and tutoring to apply to union Apprenticeships.
  • ·YouthBuild Proviso Township helps youth ages 17-24 to obtain their GED while learning employability skills through construction training. Like IL Works, youth receive their NCCER, OSHA-10 and CPR/First Aid certifications but the goal is for youth to obtain employment in a career path of interest at the end of the 9-month program.
  • ·Illinois Youth Investment Program (IYIP) is an intensive STEM-related job training and placement program. Over the years, we have successfully trained and prepared over 150 teenagers and young adults for employment in STEM, trades, and other high-growth industries. Participants in our program have obtained various certifications, including NCCER: Basic Construction Skills, Forklift, Flagger, Phlebotomy, CNA, CPR/First Aid, EKG Technician, CDL and more! They have also engaged in soft skills training, covering critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, grit, and perseverance.
  • ·In-class, interactive lessons that engage youth in learning STEM skills and professional competencies, including social-emotional skills.
  • ·Real World Projects/One Day Challenges, during which teens apply and develop STEM professional skills by working collaboratively with corporate mentors to identify a     community challenge, design a tech-based solution and pitch their ideas to business leaders.
  • ·Career Networking via STEM Talks and Corporate Visits in which corporate mentors, with similar backgrounds as our students, model navigating college and careers, and     introduce youth to the workplace.
  • ·        Homework Help/Tutoring so youth have the skills to pursue STEM opportunities.
  • ·        Career Experiences through apprenticeships, internships and, for some programs, job placement with ongoing Lumity coaching.

Career Pathways

  • Trades
  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation & Logistics Industries.

Success Story


Executive Director- Kara Kennedy

Chief Schools & Strategy- Michael Hurley

Operations Director- Cynthia Saucedo

Ourtreach Director- Asia Ousley

YouthBuild Proviso Township Program Lead- Steven Ballard

Contact Info

Chicago Office

1132 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605-2326

(312) 372-4872