Career Pathway Services 2023 Highlights

This year, Manufacturing Renaissance has provided training, work-readiness, work experience and placement services to 71 high school youth and young adults across Chicago’s West and South sides through our Manufacturing Connect (MC) and Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) training programs. We improved our program design and resumed in-person training, partnered with a mix of schools and […]

Success Story: YMA Member Starts New Job at Freedman Seating

Ahmad (right) is a member of the YMA: Young Manufacturers Association, part of Manufacturing Renaissance that works to expose, inspire, prepare and support young people to pursue career pathways in manufacturing. Ahmad spent one week interning at FSC, during which he took interest in Transit Assembly. Chris (left) demonstrates assembling a GO-ES seat and the skills needed […]

Drew Crowe Visits YMA on Chicago’s Westside

“We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ‘revolutionary’ but not transformative.” – Adrienne Rich Thank you again to Manufacturing Renaissance YMA for hosting me again, and facilitating some amazing conversations….I have […]

“Hands Up if You Got the Job!”

Hands up if you got a job offer after your 1-week YMA manufacturing internship! 5 of 9 interns got a job-offer right away, the other 4 performed very well and either their host wasn’t hiring or we’ll find the right fit. We’ll be following-up with them this week to find great career-track job opportunities for […]

Young Manufacturers Association: Update from Program Participants, Part 2

For Davon Hazelwood, learning about the field of manufacturing in recent weeks has been about learning specific technical skills, how to present himself in job interviews – and what the actual day-to-day activities inside a manufacturing company are like. Hazelwood is participating in the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) program, Manufacturing Renaissance’s nationally recognized career pathways […]

Getting Started: Latest YMA Training Cohort Underway, Part 1

Davon Hazelwood, fourth from the left in back row. Alexandria Parlor, second from the left in front row. YMA trainees visit to Dakkota Integrated Systems for Manufacturing Day event October 2022. The latest session of the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA), Manufacturing Renaissance’s nationally recognized career pathways program for adults, aged 18-24, started in September. YMA, […]

Profile: Sarah Mercado, MR’s New Director of Career Pathway Services

Sarah Mercado started her position as Director of Career Pathways Services at Manufacturing Renaissance in August of this year. However, her family background and career path prepared her for this work well before this year. She was born in the Dominican Republic; her life there and here has often been tied to social justice issues, […]

Andrew Crowe: Bringing Youth and Manufacturing Communities Together

Andrew Crowe has seen it all – enough to fill a very long story about his life. These days, he is doing something else: sharing his story and what he has learned to inspire young people in underserved communities about the great potential of working in the manufacturing sector. Andrew “the Mfg” Crowe works to […]

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 […]

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 – […]