Partnership with ArcelorMittal brings STEM and robotics opportunities to Chicago youth

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Partnership with ArcelorMittal brings STEM and robotics opportunities to Chicago youth

Funding from steel and mining company supports enrichment programs for Chicago Youth Centers children and teens

CHICAGO, June 23, 2017, — Even though Nathaniel is only seven years old, he is already a budding engineer.  

He knows how to collaborate with a team, communicate with his peers, and creatively problem solve – all while playing with some pretty cool gadgets. This is possible due to the generosity of companies like ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company.

ArcelorMittal granted Chicago Youth Centers $15,000 last year to help offer robust and comprehensive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curricula to 125 youth at CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center (CYC-Crown), located in Chicago’s South Shore community. Activities took place in the CYC Maker Lab, a creative and technical workshop where youth use equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters to create projects.

CYC also launched a new robotics program due to ArcelorMittal’s support. Since starting the program, children like Nathaniel have been learning at an early age what it means to be successful in the workplace.

“ArcelorMittal is proud to support Chicago Youth Centers and the Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center Maker Lab. The Maker Lab equips students with new STEM skills and experiences that we believe will inspire them to be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow,” said Marcy Twete, Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility, ArcelorMittal Americas.

CYC found that of the involved youth:

  • 83% demonstrated increased knowledge of STEM subjects

  • 86% demonstrated increased critical thinking skills

  • 81% demonstrated increased communication skills

In addition to ArcelorMittal, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Best Buy, and the FIRST Robotics Competition have supported the robotics program at CYC-Crown. CYC is grateful for ArcelorMittal’s efforts in helping to create a clear vision for students passionate about STEM, contributing to CYC’s mission to be the place where possibility lives. 

About Chicago Youth Centers: CYC gives youth ages 3-18 in Chicago’s underserved communities the tools needed to achieve in the 21st century, and helps them persist academically and develop socially and emotionally. CYC serves more than 2,000 children and their families each year at its seven neighborhood Centers and several partner sites. Learn more at, on Twitter, or email


Chicago Youth Centers Raises $470,000 at Annual Believe In Kids Dinner: Above & Beyond

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CHICAGO —Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), Chicago’s largest independent youth and family services organization raised an incredible $470,000 with its largest fundraiser, The Believe in Kids Dinner: Above & Beyond sponsored by Wintrust on Thursday, May 18th at The Standard Club. More than 350 guests enjoyed dinner and the evening hosted by CNN correspondent Rosa Flores and featured remarks from Honorary Chair Edward J. Wehmer (Founder, President and CEO of Wintrust.) The Honorable Kimberly M. Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney and CYC Alumna addressed the crowd as the keynote speaker. Foxx discussed her personal journey with Chicago Youth Centers and how that put her on a path to becoming the first African American women to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office—the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country.

Chairs of this critical fundraiser were Dixie Adams Erwin (IBM) and Daniel M. Feeney (Miller Shakman & Beem LLP) with Honorary Chair Edward J. Wehmer (Founder, President and CEO of Wintrust.)

“Wintrust's support of Chicago Youth Centers' annual Believe in Kids Dinner demonstrates its strong commitment to our community and the ongoing dedication to making a difference in the lives of our children and families. I'm particularly proud of this year's dinner, which will focus on the stories of the nonprofit’s alumni, who have gone on to achieve success and inspire the next generation,” said CYC Board Chair Daniel M. Feeney. “I'm very grateful for Wintrust and our Board member, Wintrust Executive Vice President John Dvorak, for helping to bring these stories to life."

The mission of Chicago Youth Centers is to empower children and teens to recognize and experience their full potential. This annual dinner celebrates CYC alumni, families, staff, and supporters, and raises needed funds for Chicago’s largest private youth organization.

The program included the 2017 Epstein-Donnelley Spirit of Youth Award Winner, Lydia Diaz, a CYC parent, and 2017 Epstein Scholarship Winner, Maleek Willis. Willis is a senior at Farragut High School that will be attending Florida Memorial University with help from Chicago Youth Centers.

“Children have no say over the life and circumstances they are born into,” said Event Honorary Chair Edward J. Wehmer (Founder, President and CEO of Wintrust.) “That’s why an organization like Chicago Youth Centers is so important. Every kid deserves a level playing field and—by providing academic, social and emotional support, and specialized programming and resources—CYC is giving the city’s most vulnerable kids and families a leg up.”

The event would not be possible without Presenting Sponsor Wintrust and all of the additional generous event sponsors. Learn more about the sponsors at 90% of every dollar donated to the Believe in Kids Dinner goes to direct services that empower youth to achieve upward mobility and succeed in whatever they do.

About Chicago Youth Centers: CYC supports children and families in underserved communities so they can succeed in the 21st century. Through its seven centers and several partner sites, CYC provides the experiences and resources needed for youth ages 3-18 to persist academically and develop socially and emotionally. Learn more at or


Media Note: Interviews and past event photos are available.