The 21st Century Youth Project has had a remarkable positive impact on our local Chicago communities. Subsequently, we have also been featured on CNN, in magazines and has won a Gold award in education’s Best New Product in the Edison Awards by a selection panel that consisted of around 3,000 professionals, academics and specialists. We also were recently awarded a grant by the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund.
The Realities we are ALL Facing…
- American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science, compared with students in 30 industrialized countries, and the Broad Foundation estimates $192 billion in lost income and taxes due to dropouts each year.
- Only 15 % of US college students and Mathematics (STEM) areas compared to 50 % and higher overseas. Because of this,
the placement rate for Computer Science students can range upwards of 95% at leading universities.
- According to Afterschool Alliance, more than 25% of America’s school children are on their own after 3pm on school days.
The program model for 21CYP is based on closing the technological achievement gap for students who lack access to good resources; while at the same time, giving them marketable entrepreneurial skills to be used to join the global STEM workforce.
The 21st Century Youth Project (21CYP) selects low-income students in grades 5-12 and interjects the idea of spending more time on S.T.E.M. learning through means of real-life application. 21CYP is broken into 4 x 12-week phases.
PHASE 1: IMMERSION
Connect with fellow students, and business/program directors; get invaluable feedback that will share the rest of your summer
PHASE 2: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
Work, and learn about building out your product while following a tailored curriculum from experienced professionals.
PHASE 3: BUSINESS COURSE
Collaborate with directors to develop and practice your killer pitch for the Showcase.
PHASE 4: POST-21CYP ACCESS
The benefits continue after the program ends; as an alum you'll always have access to 21CYP's enrollment next year with resources and relationships.
10-week course series providing students with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of basic techniques and concepts associated with biotechnology and software programming. This is a hands-on, laboratory-based program where students work with cutting-edge technology collaboratively with engineers learning concepts and skills associated with biotechnology, and think scientifically and creatively in the context of authentic laboratory challenges. Apply here.
10-week course series providing hands-on experiential learning with designing, building, testing new products with 3D Modeling, and printing in partnership with the Chicago Inventors Organization, the largest independent inventors organization in the State of Illinois. Students learn from engineers and designers, empowering them with the know-how and tools to manufacture the objects they consume. Our instructors will also challenge students to re-examine their conventional wisdom about an array of topics, including their notion of objects, and the role of consumers. Apply here.
RC Racing, Robotics and Engineering
10-week course series where students learn how to build, race & compete in the NASCAR Ten 80 Challenge. Students apply automotive engineering, math, electronics, graphic art to build, and race with their own RC electric touring/NASCAR car. With our Chicagoland South Suburban NSBE Jr. Chapter, students compete against other RC racing teams locally and nationally in fierce, exciting radio control car racing. Additionally, students configure car chassis, tweak motors, incorporate high-end speed or torque gear ratios and design a custom wing or spoiler. Apply here.
received her MA in Human Computer Interaction at DePaul University and BA in Graphic Design and Animation from NYIT. Kris taught herself how to build robotic prototypes, create schematic boards, AI programming, and Arduino Uno microcontroller. She’s passionate about teaching youth how much fun coding and electro-mechanical engineering can be.
recieved a BA in English from Knox College and MSW from University of Chicago. With an extensive background in Community and Economic Development, and the Founder of Hire Learning Career Development Academy, she is dedicated to the 21st Century educational and employment pathway building of urban youth.
Patrick James Murphy, Ph.D. (UIC)
is an award-winning professor, DePaul professor, global lecturer and has served as advisor to over 100 firms nationally. Chair of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management, he has published over 20 articles and Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery, (Yale University Press.)
Bruce Lincoln, Ph.D.
is a University of Chicago Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and is an Associate Faculty in the Departments of Anthropology and Classics and holds positions in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Committee on Medieval Studies.
earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and MBA from Northwestern University. He is a marketer, career coach, personal trainer and martial arts instructor and an engineer with Procter & Gamble working in the areas of product and material development, marketing and currently in the Fabric Care business.
Raina Dyer-Barr, Ph.D.
earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois’ Educational Policy Studies Department. Her dissertation examined the role and effectiveness of mentoring among underrepresented undergraduates. Her broader research interests include underrepresented students’ experiences in higher education, issues of retention and completion, student-faculty relationships and interactions, and student transitions in higher education.
Michael Wesson, Jr.
has been in Private Equity since 2005 & a Vice President of Transwestern Investment Company. Previously, Mr. Wesson was an analyst at Forest City Enterprises, Inc. where he focused on Portfolio Management for the Commercial Group, Residential Group, and Land Development Group. Mr. Wesson earned his BS in Finance & Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Wesson is a member of Urban Land Institute.
has helped improve the performance of some of the world’s best known companies by helping their people perform better – including senior management. Damian received his BS degree in Psychology from Howard University and an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Emily Diane Cambry
received her BSN at St Xavier University an MSW from University of Illinois and a MA in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction. Cambry works as a School Social Worker for the Chicago Public Schools and as a Field Instructor and mentor for Social Work Interns and newly employed Social Workers.
is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University and a writer and filmmaker. Kado's website Avant/Chicago has been recognized as a top Chicago website. He wrote, directed, and produced the comedy “Off the Cuff” and “Welcome to Gentle Waters”, web series and videos for the band Lotus and several documentaries.
William Dorsey M.D.
earned his MBA from The University of Virginia and works as a Business Analyst at Pfizer, Inc. Prior to business school Dr. Dorsey practiced General Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospitals. His interests include leveraging IT to improve patient care while lowering health care costs.
is currently a Venture Partner with OCA Ventures and was an Internet entrepreneur creating high-growth technology companies. He holds a BA in International Relations from Georgetown University and an MBA and a JD from Northwestern University where he was the President of the Association for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Law.
received his MBA with distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management and his BA from Indiana University. Matthew began his professional career working as a sales account manager for fortune 500 company, Ecolab Inc. Following his passion for entrepreneurship, Matthew was instrumental in building a start-up construction company.
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