Welcome Newest Board Member, Lucy Minturn, Founder, CEO, FosterWorks

YMA Member and Employee of FosterWorks, Isaiah McMullen and Lucy Minturn on the shop floor 2021. Lucy Minturn, Founder and CEO of FosterWorks in Chicago, brings a wide-ranging and diverse set of experiences to the manufacturing field. She purchased FosterWorks in 2020.  A native of upstate New York, her career includes 15 years of working […]

Success Story: Two Brothers On Their Way!

Kevin and William both completed our last YMA Training and worked with DeeDee Jones, MR’s Industry Coordinator, to find good jobs. They both applied to Novolex Duro Bag in Alsip, IL, but only Kevin was called back for an interview. Kevin relies on William, who owns a car, for transportation. Kevin’s interview went well but […]

Looking Forward: Latest Ministers for Manufacturing Meeting Update

The faith community in the region continues to support manufacturing as a tool for social inclusion and sustainable community development through the Ministers for Manufacturing committee of the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC). On June 21, the committee and stakeholders met at the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center (MTEC) at Daley College. The meeting […]

Manufacturing Connect: Participants Hopeful as They Finish the Program

As the school year ends this year, participants in the Renaissance’s 12-week Manufacturing Connect program had a milestone to celebrate – the successful completion of this nationally recognized career pathways program. Twenty-one students from 11 different high schools who completed the technical training course participated in an in-person event on May 18 at Daley College. […]

Help MR Celebrate Graduating High School Seniors for Decision Day

While Decision Day has typically been about students announcing their college or university plans. This year Manufacturing Connect (MC) has 21 students who have created their own path by completing a 12-week technical training course that has prepared them for an entry -level position in the field of manufacturing. 19 participants have also earned a […]

Manufacturing Connect Participants Share Their Second Impressions

MC Participants David Curry, Yazmin Barajas, Jeremiah Hall This is the second story about participants in our in current session of Manufacturing Connect, our nationally recognized career pathways program for teens. This session started in January of 2022. We circled back with a few student participants to get their perspective about how it’s going. These […]

Job Shadow Day: Welcome to the World of Manufacturing!

Isaiah McMullen, Lucy Minturn at FosterWorks. What’s it like to work in a manufacturing job in Chicago? How can young people prepare themselves for opportunities in this sector? Those questions came up on March 16 during Manufacturing Renaissance’s Job Shadow Day. During this event, participants in the organization’s Manufacturing Connect program had a chance to […]

MR is Named an Inaugural Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant Recipient!

Chicago, IL – Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced the recipients of its first “Empower Makers” Global Impact Challenge. Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) is honored to have been named as a Makers Grant Recipient for our Manufacturing Connect program and our efforts to expose, inspire and prepare high school youth for careers in manufacturing. Initiated […]

Profile: Dee Dee Jones, Industry Coordinator, Extraordinaire!

Dee Dee Jones, Industry Coordinator for Manufacturing Renaissance  works closely with companies and students to make our programs work. She is responsible for recruiting companies for field trips, job shadowing experiences, internships, and career opportunities. She also prepares students for careers in manufacturing. We asked her to share her perspective about what we do – […]

Young Manufacturers Association Spring Training Cohort Underway

Photo from left to right: Dawmonique, Brence (Instructor), Ocie, Wanya, William, Kevin. While outreach and recruitment has been an ongoing challenge throughout the pandemic, over 35 young adults expressed interest in the joining the Spring YMA Cohort. 16 of those that completed the application and interview process were accepted into the program, which launched on […]