Expose, inspire, prepare and support youth and young adults for career pathways in manufacturing.
MC inspires, prepares and supports in-school youth, ages 14-18, for careers in manufacturing. MC creates and expands the linkages between communities, social service agencies, schools and the manufacturing sector benefiting our youth participants and local industry. Learn more about our results in our latest Program Report.
MC is hosting a virtual field trip with NASA for 200, 9th – 12th grade students interested in STEAM (including aerospace, advanced manufacturing, innovative design, and other Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Math fields). Interested? Register for Free Here!
For more information, contact Leslye Long, Assistant Program Director, 773-278-5418 ext 30 or email
As a network, YMA organizes regular meetings and social events for its members. YMAers support one another as peers through training, transition into permanent employment, professional and life skills development, and balancing personal and work life dynamics.
As a program, YMA provides services on an as-needed basis, including career coaching, wrap-around supports, employer liaison to help troubleshoot issues that come up at work, and technical training.
Together, the YMA network and program are serving the untapped talent and potential that young adults represent to their communities and their current or future employers. As of 2020, there are over 75 members spread across the South and West side of Chicago. Learn more about our results in our latest Program Report.
In partnership, with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation (CTUF) Quest Center, IAAM is a part-time, year-round program that features 3 training elements:
Pedagogical Training: provided by the Quest Center for the components focused on teaching curriculum related to cultural competence, instructional technique, and classroom management.
Technical Training: Apprentices taught by Manufacturing Renaissance staff using the Richard J. Daley MTEC training facility learn the technical skills needed to earn up to 5 NIMS credentials.
Career and Technical Education as a Tool for Community Development: A series of 4 workshops taught by Manufacturing Renaissance staff provide orientation and context for why and how a machine shop teacher is a critical stakeholder in the work to develop communities.
For more information, contact Joyce Weston, Career Pathway Services Program Director, 773-278-5418 x 30 or email